Arrgh, that handwriting looks like butt. I replaced it with a font in the print version.
I’m still pretty impressed, though, that I was able to pull off an acceptable shot of the underside of a car. I know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s such an ordeal for me to draw a car from a normal angle that I still can’t believe I didn’t screw the last panel up beyond all recognition.
In a way, I guess this whole mini-storyline exists to build up to this one drunk-driving gag. I appreciate the effort I expended to get to such a dumb little joke.
I hope Madblood registers all his vehicles as “International Criminal Lupin Madblood.”
The two best things about this strip are the random stripy pattern behind Madblood in the first panel and the portrait of little Madblood on the wall in the last two panels. Other than that, it’s just a homey domestic scene. I was obviously influenced by the last Comedy Central season of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” where Dr. Forrester’s mother lives in Deep Thirteen with him.
That’s the same kind of swirly border I drew around Dana in one of the Burning Man strips. I should’ve played around with panel borders more. I’ve never been very imaginative about that kind of thing.
It might seem cruel of Helen to use a large cartoon mallet for anaesthesia, but Dave is an undead decapitated head with no apparent working circulatory system, and it’s a mystery how his brain is still functioning. Personally, I don’t know how else I’d do it.
In case you can’t tell, I copied the second panel into the third and just moved Helen’s eyeballs. It got me the static effect I wanted, so I guess it’s okay.
Dave looks so adorably anxious in his little head pan.
A rare extended shot of Dave without his glasses (or flannel, for that matter). As you can see, I hadn’t settled on how to draw his eyes. Here they’re dots with a shine in the middle, which is how I drew human-type Artie’s eyes for a while. I eventually decided that I didn’t much like the look for Artie, and it’s definitely not right for Dave. He looks okay otherwise, though. Dave had such a formulaic character design at this point–same outfit in every strip, limited facial expressions due to the mouth and eyes being covered–that it was a relief to draw him with a slightly different look from time to time.
This is the second strip this year to explicitly mention Dave’s age. I must have been worried about being consistent with the characters’ ages. Later on, I seldom use specific numbers; I think the last time is when Helen mentions being 30 near the beginning of “Lovelace Affair.” It’s just not that important.
Simple, effective, reasonably funny. And only three panels! Sometimes you just need strips like this to keep the momentum going. Also, Dave’s expression in the first panel came out really well.
At this point Dave’s alive again, so the purpose of this storyline has been fulfilled, but I still manage to stretch the resolution out another week. Good work, me!
I have no idea how that door in the third panel works, but at least I’m kinda sorta drawing backgrounds.