Okay, I really have nothing to say about this strip except that I like Madblood’s casual rolled-up-shirtsleeves look. It was a lot of fun to draw.
I think Andrew pointed out that Madblood would have trouble checking Lovelace onto a commercial airplane, so I spent a long time trying to think of a way for them to get to the Symposium that would not require me to draw cars. I’m very happy with my solution, although it turned out I wasn’t very good at drawing suborbital cannons either.
When I started this storyline I asked readers to give me ideas for webcomic mad scientists I could include in cameos, since I didn’t read all that many webcomics. I ended up using like three suggestions. Anyway, the girl and dinosaur in the first panel are Phoebe and Buddy from Jeff Wells’s prose serial Mundementia One. The ponytailed guy barely visible in the first panel is Riff from Sluggy Freelance. In the second panel are Gwen of Build Your Own Boyfriend and Gav of Nukees. The villain in the third panel is Artemis Nightmare, a character in a comic Andrew was drawing a long time ago. He appears to have captured Hector from Planet Earth (And Other Tourist Traps), which had recently done a Narbonic cameo.
The guy with the eyes is just a guy with a bunch of eyes. I just realized that it would be funnier if he were the one screaming, “MY EYES! MY EYYYES!” Oh well.
I’ve finally learned that it’s “wreak havoc” and not “wreck havoc.” However, I’m still misspelling “havoc.” Life is hard.
This was one of the first strips I wrote for this storyline, way back when the plot was entirely different. It has:
b) A three-eyed cat.
c) A totally genius last line.
Therefore, this strip is mathematically proven to be awesome.
Comic-book conventions don’t have lots of booth babes the way they used to, what with all the women and families attending now. They never had enough three-eyed cats.
Man, there’s a lot of cheesecake in this week of strips. Actually, my favorite part of this strip is the back-and-forth between Helen and Dave in the first two panels. It wasn’t often I had room for casual, non-gag-directed conversation like that, and also I think they’re cute as a bickering couple. I’m a dork.
The hardest part of this strip was deciding what tool Madblood would order from room service. In the end I went with the humble mallet. Madblood does a lot of hands-on construction in this sequence, which I like. It’s not all lasers and sonic screwdrivers and whatnot, at least for a mad scientist who is apparently perpetually unemployed and living with his mother.
This came up in yesterday’s comments, but through some freakish synchronicity, this storyline is rerunning at the same time that a convention storyline has just begun over at Skin Horse. I guess I just do a lot of stories set at conventions.