Two one-panel strips in a row! Hooray for laziness!
Here we segue into a new storyline, “Dave’s Dead, Dave.” The title is, of course, a play on the famous line from 2001, a movie that would come up again much later in Narbonic. As I’ve mentioned before, “Smart Gerbils,” “Dr. Narbon,” and “Dave’s Dead, Dave” all flow into each other; if you take them together as a single storyline, it’s six months long, pretty long but still not the longest Narbonic storyline.
I like the sneakers Dr. Narbon wears with her skirt and lab coat. Also, once again we’re looking at Dave’s butt.
I really think this strip represents one of Dr. Narbon’s shining moments. Comforting Helen over the death of the man she herself killed, recommending that Helen try kicking him…she’s a class act all over, that lady. My crude early art aside, the facial expressions are pretty good in this strip, too. It was a good choice to have Helen look bewildered in the last panel, rather than disgusted or angry. Helen’s perspective isn’t quite as warped as her mother’s, but it should still be a little abnormal. She’s only particularly upset in the first place because she liked Dave.
This strip’s pretty good, too. Man, murder is comedy gold.
Later it turns out that Dr. Narbon did have a reason for killing Dave, but it still wasn’t a very good one. She probably would have done it anyway.
The bodies are way too small for the heads in the last panel. Sigh… At this point, I was getting better about keeping the characters on model, but I still screwed up a lot.
Yes. Ice cubes in the wine. As mentioned before, this is a detail taken directly from my own home life. It was pretty messed up over there.
Some good expressions here, but I don’t know why I kept drawing everyone with such enormous ears.
If “Killin’ guys is thirsty work” doesn’t make you crack half a smile, I give up.
I don’t know how old Dr. Narbon thought Dave was, but I think this is the first specific reference to Dave’s age. Helen’s age has already been mentioned in the Sunday strip where Dave Barker first pisses her off.
Dave was 23 when the strip started, so he’s had a birthday sometime since July 31, 2000. I tried to remember to turn the characters’ ages over each year on my birthday, May 4. At this point, Dave is 24, Helen is 27, Mell is 19, and Artie is about six months old.
The more you repeat a gag, the funnier it gets! I swear!