PLOT POINT! PLOT POINT! PLOT POINT!
…What can I say? I needed to get in some information about the forcefield. This will all be on the final test.
I like the strips where Lovelace is just floating around like this. I had to bring her down to earth for a lot of panels so she could talk face-to-face with the other characters.
Dave really doesn’t need to apologize; he did the best he could, under the circumstances. He’s a good guy to a fault sometimes. And other times not.
Lovelace’s little digital fuzz effect is just a Photoshop job. I thought of it at the last minute as I was scanning these strips, because I worried that she looked too solid to be a hologram.
Her waist is crazy tiny in these panels, but she’s based on Bettie Page, and Bettie Page had a teeny waist. Round hips, narrow waist, chest that’s more ribcage than boobs; that’s the Bettie Page silhouette. My bigger concern, when I was drawing her, was that her bangs hide her eyebrows, making it hard for her to emote. Yinz know I like to draw crazy eyebrows.
Lovelace’s software can’t leave the Arctic base. At least not at the moment. THIS WILL BE ON THE TEST.
Seriously, it was tricky setting all these little plot details up in a non-intrusive way. This whole final arc has a lot more plotting than most Narbonic storylines, which, for all the clever foreshadowing and whatnot, generally boil down to everyone running around until stuff gets blowed up real good. Admittedly SPOILERS, this storyline isn’t all that different, but there’s more attention to detail.
Also check out my fairly lazy exterior shot in the first panel. Sometimes the dialogue balloons are too big, and also drawing is hard. I like the little greenhouse area, though.
The backgrounds in Madblood’s base are based on Ozymandias’s Arctic base in Watchmen. Hence stuff like the greenhouse and, in tomorrow’s strip, the giant bank of TV screens. Even by the standards of Narbonic, this storyline is heavy on the oblique pop-cultural references.
Dave’s line in the second panel is the biggest understatement in the history of all understatement. He has no idea.
I wrote this strip pretty early on. As soon as I had the idea of Dave and Madblood working together, I had to make them have conversations like this. Madblood is secretly very insecure, which is cute in the brief moments between bombastic self-aggrandizement.
Okay, so sometimes I just don’t feel like drawing steps properly.
I wrote this strip super early. It was in my big folder of thumbnails for years. Dave describing a woman as tasting “kind of like a Slim Jim” may be the most perfectly Dave line in all of Narbonic.
The idea of Helen smelling like strawberries is a very small, very oblique tribute to Stephen Ratliff’s classic “Star Trek” fanfics featuring courageous yet psychopathic tween heroine Marissa Amber Flores Picard. Marissa is really into strawberries.