Artie is sometimes overly fond of himself, which is one of the areas where I can identify with him.
At the time I was drawing this, it really bugged me that the second panel was so wordy, but I couldn’t cut anything without losing plot stuff.
Artie’s anecdote was loosely based on the adventures of some of my friends at a comic convention. I like this strip a lot, partly because Artie came out really well in the last panel–at the time, I still had a lot of trouble drawing full-body shots of him–and partly because I just like Mongor. I don’t even mind that Mongor looks different in every damn panel in this storyline.
Mongor came out perfectly in the last panel! I’m so happy!
I had some trouble with the design for Mongor. He had to be bipedal, because back in this week of strips Artie mentioned that he wanted “We shall walk on two legs” in the bylaws of their transgenic-rights group. But he ended up being sort of gorilla-shaped and knuckling around. I guess it worked out okay.
I think this is the only time in Narbonic in which swinging in on a rope doesn’t connote romance in the offing. Unless… nah.
I’ve mentioned this before, but for some reason this sequence is what made this storyline click for me. I had so much trouble plotting it before I came up with Mongor the Iguana-Man.
I love strips where I don’t have to draw that much. Good work, me.