Mutant Gerbil Mutterings as Class Resistance

Yeah. Um.

Obviously, it wasn’t enough to simply have a Palindrome Song of the Mutant Gerbils, with notes. We had to have an eight-page literary analysis of the Palindrome Song as well. Ed Wells is a family friend who’s been very supportive of Narbonic. He often sends me newspaper and magazine clippings on subjects related to mad science, comics, and/or kittens boiled in oil. He and Julie briefly struck up a correspondence based on this essay.

“Andie W. Swell” is actually an anagram of “Edwin A. Wells,” Ed’s full name. I have an ongoing fascination with singer Yma Sumac, a fascination that carries over into my music-themed comic Smithson.

This strip may have inspired the concept of gerbils as left-wing political agitators, later to feature hugely in Narbonic. Or I may have started writing Artie that way already. I can’t remember.

I still like the little portraits I drew of everyone, including myself as the Big Capitalist.

I’m extremely fond of Terribly Stern Eliot’s “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” another piece of poetry I will happily recite until forced to stop.

8 thoughts on “Mutant Gerbil Mutterings as Class Resistance

  1. “Let us go then, you and I,

    When our gerbils are rocketing through the sky

    And our henchmen etherised upon the table…”


  2. This interpretation (with the accompanying little illustrations) is still one of my favorite parts of the comic. For the Gerbilariat!

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