This strip is way too wordy, but Mell referring to Artie as “the Mensa rat” is one of my favorite things ever.
I had to give Helen memory-erasing technology so Titus could survive the storyline. I guess she’s been making brainscans since the earliest days of Narbonic, so it’s not totally out of left field. It always bugs me when characters pull out some amazing piece of technology for getting out of some predicament and then never use it again, though. That’s why there are multiple storylines involving the transmogrifier and the teleporter. Sometimes I get lazy, is all.
This is a very silly development, but I wanted to bring Madblood back once more in this storyline. Poor Titus, being manhandled and dragged all over the place. It only gets worse.
Man, I misspelled “discomfiting.” That is so annoying.
Also, in the last panel, the direction of the tails on the word balloons makes it unclear who is saying which line. This is a frequent problem when Artie is sitting on someone’s head.
Still, Helen makes out with a guy she just knocked unconscious, so I guess it’s all worth it.
Aw, a nice classic Helen-being-a-mad-scientist strip. I really didn’t do enough of these. She should have said, “Mell, the electrodes!” at least once per storyline. Also, I drew some good random gadgets in there.
Right, so Titus’s employer is Imogene Frog, a character played by Jeff Wells in the playtest of the Narbonic RPG. She is a teenage girl from the 1950s whose mother, a mad homemaker, accidentally launched her into the future with a quantum souffle. Jeff can tell you whether I’ve accurately captured her Centron Educational Films-influenced mode of speaking.
The main problem I had putting Ginny in the strip was that Jeff’s description of her is very similar to the Girl at the Bar, who was already a (very rarely) recurring character. They’re different characters, I swear. They just have the same hair.
I strongly believe that Titus carries aspirin and morphine everywhere he goes. He’s a professional.
At this point, with Helen’s revelation and all, there’s a major piece of information that the audience has and Dave doesn’t. This makes Dave problematic as the main point-of-view character. From this point on, Artie takes over that role for much of the strip. The next storyline is mostly from Artie’s point of view.
I wrote this strip late in the storyline, mostly just to tie up loose ends, but Mell happily covered in brain juice still makes me crack a smile. This was also the first time I made reference to rail guns, which come up repeatedly in Skin Horse. Rail guns are awesome.