I created this excitingly-shaped strip by cutting up a normal strip and rearranging the panels. It seemed clever at the time. I probably should’ve done stuff like this more often, actually.
At this point, Dave is kind of getting into the whole mad-science thing. The next storyline discusses this a little more; the strips in this week are sort of a warm-up.
Caliban’s expression in the last panel didn’t come out the way I wanted it, but I like that this strip continues the tradition wherein the “technobabble” in Narbonic is generally based on real science. I had recently read a great comic about facsimile transmission illustrated by Roger Langridge. Anyway, this is the strip that won me the respect of my friend Mohamed the laser scientist, and of that I will always be proud.
I dunno, somehow this storyline ended up being mostly about Boggle. Don’t ask me.
I of course made another actual Boggle square to create Artie’s word list. This is the kind of thing I find entertaining about drawing a comic strip.
“My brilliant plan has a fatal flaw!” is still one of my favorite Helen lines.
Artie would totally kick their asses at Trivial Pursuit, too. I like the guy with the mouth on top of his head.
Helen and Dave instantly sense that Mell has a crush on Caliban. I don’t know if it’s because they both know what unrequited love looks like, or because they’ve developed heightened senses for all things Mell-related out of sheer instinct for self-preservation.
Caliban, of course, knows nothing of this thing called love. I totally dig characters who Know Nothing of This Thing Called Love. Also good is if they need to be taught This Earth Thing You Call Kissing.