The main reason I decided to make Helen travel through time was so I could draw more of Li’l Helen. That’s a pretty good ray gun, too.
Obviously, the best part of this strip is the word “payforward.” The funny thing is, Helen’s mom would totally understand.
Helen has adopted the opposite of Dave’s approach to dealing with the time travel thing.
Helen looks a lot like an Andre Richard drawing in the last panel. Dave’s disgusted expression is pretty good.
This is one of those strips where Helen just says what I’m thinking.
Not for the first or last time, Dave’s irrational fondness for Helen is his undoing.
Another reason I had Helen get unstuck in time was so I could get her involved in the action. She sat out most of “Doppelganger Gambit,” and I wanted her doing more stuff. Then I gave her a big ray gun, because that’s what “doing more stuff” means to me.
I wrote this one so early on that I wasn’t even sure whether Helen would be capable of monitoring Dave as she describes here. Eventually I decided it was better if she was just logically extrapolating what he would be likely to do in his own past.
What would Helen do in her past? Try to destroy her mother, most likely. It wouldn’t work.
Helen tends to get irritable when Dave shows an interest in other women. I really like how expressive the kid versions of the characters are.