I don’t have anything profound to say about this strip. I just like it. Especially “I only hit loam.” Actually, this whole week is funny and weirdly poignant at the same time. So enjoy, won’t you?
It’s previously been mentioned that Mell uses a squeaky voice to imitate Helen. That aside, you have to admit that’s a pretty good Artie impression. “Dangerous Gas Storage” comes from Jeff Wells’s Very Long Fanfic.
Mell has a lot of good facial expressions this week.
It didn’t occur to me until Jeff used it in one of his stories (Starbuck Avenger, specifically) that it would make perfect sense for characters to call Caliban “Cal.” I was so upset when I realized that. Think of all the space I could have saved in word balloons!
I’ve mentioned this before, but all the stuff with Madblood and submarines is kind of an oblique tribute to my dad, who is a submarine engineer. Really. That said, I fear the design of Madblood’s minisub draws primarily from the “Jaws” game for NES.
I drew some boss underwater scenes in this and the next strip, but I’m drawing better ones now for Skin Horse. Like, right the moment. It’ll show up in a couple of weeks.
The marine life in these strips was mostly based on Ernst Haeckel engravings. That guy is awesome. And look at my adorable squid!
At the time I wrote this strip, we had the NES hooked up in the living room, and Andrew had gotten kind of obsessed with Tecmo Super Bowl. We no longer have an NES in the living room, of course. We have a Super Nintendo in the living room, and the NES is in the basement.
Jellyfish are cool.