Helen looks really skinny in that first panel. I drew her a little too heavy early on, and it took a while to get her shaped the way I wanted. Which was, as I think I’ve mentioned before, essentially like me but with bigger boobs. Incidentally, my mother used to call me when she thought I’d drawn Helen’s boobs too big in a particular strip. Sometimes she left messages on my answering machine while I was at work.
The word balloons are all shaped really funky. I really needed to figure out how to draw those in a non-distracting way.
I do like the beaker Helen’s wrestling with in this strip. I tended to draw tentacles when I couldn’t think of anything else. You can’t go wrong with tentacles, right? Right.
Dave actually hits on the reality of the time-travel situation here, foreshadowing his eventual fate in the “Dave Davenport Has Come Unstuck in Time” storyline, but no one, Helen included, realizes it.
Actually, as is probably obvious by now, the Helens Narbon are primarily biologists/geneticists. Our Helen dabbles in other scientific disciplines, and does indeed get into time travel for a while, but her undergraduate degree is in biochemistry.
Dave’s gestures in this strip are strangely effeminate. I need to work on body language.
I don’t have much to say about this strip, except that I like it when Dave has a pencil stuck behind his ear. He looks so cute. Andrew actually does stick writing implements behind his ear, which I find somehow endearing.
I’m slowly getting better at drawing Dr. Narbon’s admittedly very strange hair. Incidentally, if there were ever a live-action version of Narbonic, Dr. Narbon would have to be played by Bette Midler. I would accept no other.
This strip was based on an actual criticism my mother voiced toward the portrayal of Dr. Narbon in the strip. She felt the wineglasses were too small. She now has this strip framed and hanging on her wall.
Between the autobio angle and that weird horned fish in the first panel, this is actually a pretty good strip. Good one, me!
Dr. Narbon believes that the death ray has a 20-digit access code, but the code Dave later gives her has only four digits. I have no explanation for this grievous continuity error. A six-issue miniseries is probably called for.
Yes, I used the strip to advertise not only my birthday, but my boyfriend’s birthday to the world at large. I’m shameless. Anyway, Dave likes Andrew a lot better than he likes me. Andrew makes him look cool.
This early attempt at a coup will soon lead to all-out rebellion, once the full brutality of my corrupt regime is exposed.
This is another strip that’s great because I didn’t have to draw much.