I like this strip, and not just because I only had to draw two panels. I also like the swirly sun!
This officially opens a new storyline, “Island of the Ur-Gerbils,” which is basically just a continuation of the previous storyline in a new setting. As I’ve mentioned before, I love desert-island stories. As a kid I read The Swiss Family Robinson, The Twenty-One Balloons (which got a veiled nod over on Skin Horse a few weeks ago), and Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island, and they made a deep impression on me. I’m a huge sucker for stories about people rebuilding civilization out of bamboo and conch shells in a remote tropical paradise. This is probably the only explanation for why I’m still watching “Lost.”
Women can’t help looking at nudie magazines. The last panel was inspired by the time in college when my housemate Dana (who is a guy) bought the Claudia Christian issue of Playboy for our other housemate Jaye (who is a girl, and it would probably help to note that, yes, we were all totally into “Babylon 5”). Even though the magazine was safely hidden in Dana’s room, it somehow got out into the open, and I came home to find it being pored over by the entire Vassar College Night Owls, our school’s venerable all-female a cappella group. That was the last time Dana brought home porn. Or told us about it, anyway.
Artie looks bad in the second panel and my lettering is terrible, but otherwise this isn’t a bad strip.
I still love this strip. I got a lot of emails, too.
If you’re lost at sea, however, you should try to remain covered. This has been my lost-at-sea public service message of the day.
This strip was inspired by my all-time favorite “Life in Hell” strip, chronicling the true story of the time Matt Groening saw a kid throw another kid’s bike off a bridge and then claim it was free to salvage because of the Law of the Sea. I laugh my ass off every time I read that strip, and I’m still not sure why.
Just now, I asked Andrew how to spell Matt Groening’s name, and he said, “Ah. Law of the Sea?” He knows me so well.
Anyway, remembering that “Life in Hell” strip always puts a smile on my face, as does the line, “My flannel! Source of all my power!”
A rare one-panel strip. What the heck, some gags are only worth a panel. Plus I had room to draw the whole life raft. I think the one really good part of this drawing, aside from Dave’s freakout, is Artie draped over the side of the raft.
Meanwhile, if you’re following my other comics, Li’l Mell is back after a regrettable hiatus. And is excellent. Updates Wednesdays.
As Leon Arnott will no doubt hasten to point out in the comments, not only is this far from the only Narbonic strip to rely upon the trope that saying things can’t possibly get worse immediately causes things to get worse, it’s far from the only strip in which the joke is that the characters are aware of the trope and comment on it. My personal favorite is the strip in “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved” where the other characters try to stop Zeta from saying it, then comment that they just got Dave trained not to do it.
Drawing waves is kind of hard.