Look, I finally got me a circle template!
Mell’s speech is, of course, from Patton. Much of Mell’s dialogue in this sequence is based on either movie Patton or actual Patton. And it takes up ALL THE DAMN PANEL SPACE. I’m sorry.
Never pass up an opportunity to draw characters in amusing hats.
Yeah, more of the big speech from Patton. And more dialogue that completely crowds out the art. That said, I do like the way Mell came out in these strips. The sunglasses and the cigar really add something. No, I don’t know where the generalissimo outfit came from or what it signifies. It just seemed like the thing to draw at the time.
I can’t believe I spent three days on this speech, but it was all worth it for “I was an ATM in Louisiana.”
I think this is the first Narbonic strip that mentions Mell’s middle initial. As faithful readers of Li’l Mell know, her full name is Melody Wildflower Kelly. I didn’t realize I’d done this until TV Tropes pointed it out, but Helen, Dave, and Mell all have embarrassing middle names. I guess it’s a trope I’m drawn to as someone with a ridiculous, hard-to-spell name. (I generally like my name, though. I didn’t have to deal with any competition at all for the URL www.shaenon.com.)
Throughout this storyline, people kept asking why Madblood would build a robot army based on himself. It’s because Madblood, unlike Dave, has a healthy sense of self-esteem. This is why self-esteem is bad for you, people.
Madblood pulls the trick of making areas invisible to his own AIs again, much later, in “Professor Madblood and the Everlasting Ices of the North.”
This is another strip that gets echoed much later in “Everlasting Ices of the North.” Of course, in most storylines, the other characters have just cause to complain to Helen. The part of this strip that still makes me smile is Artie apologizing, but only for part where they let Mell come along.
Narbonic was pretty easy to draw when it was just a bunch of Daves walking around.
It took two weeks of the three Daves running around together before I was able to find time for Dave to process the bizarre situation Artie is in. There’s limited room for plot and character advancement in a four-panel strip, even a really wordy one. Still, I knew I had to pause for this discussion. There’s no point to doing wacky stuff like this if you don’t get to stop and address how it affects the characters.
If Dave had ever asked Artie what it was like being a gerbil, he probably would’ve just gotten an eyeroll. A tiny, tiny eyeroll.