This is a really, really old one and it still amuses me. I think what I like is the way that, due to time travel, Dave is able to become his own buttmonkey.
More graffiti. Look, a later Chris Ellmann shout-out! There’s also “Chugbot Rules,” another reference to Sam Henderson’s Chugbot comic (man, I really loved that thing) and “Go Bulldogs,” the Bulldogs being my high school football team. NCM is the Nonconformist Chair Movement, an organization in my comic Smithson, which had recently started around this time. I don’t remember what DMP is a reference to. I don’t think I was a really big fan of Digital Manga Publishing.
I don’t remember how I found out what kind of car Dave Barker drove in high school, but he wrote to me afterwards to let me know it was not very roomy at all.
I just wrote this one to advance the plot, but Dave has a point. He’s been telling absolutely everyone about the time travel, and no one cares. It’s probably very frustrating.
There’s a lot of foreshadowing in this strip, what with the reference to a frozen wasteland (something I had to include in the dialogue because my art skills weren’t up to drawing a recognizable frozen wasteland) and the appearance of Future!Dave. I made a major decision here by giving Actual Non-Time-Traveling Future Dave transparent glasses. I’d wanted to start drawing Dave’s eyes for a long time, but at this point I decided to give the change plot significance. Sadly, this meant I couldn’t draw regular Dave’s eyes for another three years.
I have a soft spot for Future!Dave. He’s too old for this crap. I respect that.