I still like the dramatic zoom in on our shipwrecked heroes. Protagonists. Whatever. It’s a shame I couldn’t figure out how to draw Dave’s legs in the third panel, but that stuff is hard.
Mell has amusing feet.
I remember this being one of the first strips I wrote for this storyline. If it’s funny, I’m not quite sure why, but I kind of like it. Dave’s casual attitude toward death is, you have to admit, entirely justified. Also, I like Mell’s castaway outfit.
This strip is designed to establish something that doesn’t actually come up much from here on out: Dave has been ousted from the Dave Conspiracy, and therefore should not be addressed as “Dave.” This will continue to be the status quo in Narbonic for the next two years, and, again, almost never be mentioned or affect the strip in any way.
I like the seagulls in the background. Very soothing.
I spent a lot of time on the jungle scenery on the island, albeit not going so far as to actually, you know, look at reference or anything. Dave’s last line is a reference to “The Blue Lagoon,” natch. This is, I think, about the only time he tries to hit on Mell, but she is wearing relatively little clothing.
Artie doesn’t get a lot of dialogue in this week of strips. Don’t know what’s up with that.
I think this was the first strip I wrote for this storyline. The whole initial concept hinged on the absurdity of the characters ending up in exactly the same place after weeks of effort to get away. I might even have written this before I wrote a lot of “D-Con” and filled in the details of the thwarted escape later.
The compound looks entirely different in this long shot than it does in every subsequent strip, but it’s pretty nifty here, isn’t it? The early-90s computer game “Myst,” which I loved, was a strong influence on my concept of Dave Island.
Omigosh, I just looked up “Myst” on Wikipedia and got a severe whallop of 1990s PC game nostalgia. I can still sing the damn theme song from “The 7th Guest.”
Drawing buildings is hard, dammit. And Dave’s head is too small in the last panel, which is the kind of thing that always bugs me. I like this strip anyway, just for Dave’s dumb, nerdy dialogue and the other characters’ failure to appreciate same. Poor Dave.