This one turned out pretty well, all things considered. The expressions are good, and at one point Dave gets kneed in the groin, and that’s a full day’s comedy as far as I’m concerned.
Also, what’s with the nerdy guy in the last panel? I have no idea.
I just think this strip is romantic as hell. Also, my lettering is awesome.
Something like this happened in a recent episode of “30 Rock,” where Liz Lemon goes to her high-school reunion and discovers that everyone thought she was a bully because she was forever muttering snappy comebacks under her breath. Also, this happens to me in real life.
Dave is depicted here as more even ruthless than Helen when it comes to blind vengeance against one’s peers, which will turn out to be the case later in Narbonic as well.
My high-school mascot was the bulldog. The school was not run by imaginative people.
Ah, Helen’s pose in the third panel is perfect. Good work, Shaenon of Late 2002!
In an earlier storyline, Dave compares Helen unfavorably to Dr. Frankenstein. It’s nice that he has such a high opinion of her work, really.
Again, it’s pretty surprising nobody ever gets turned into a gerbil in Narbonic. I probably figured I was drawing more than enough gerbils as it was.
Despite her initial disappointment, Helen looks pretty great in this dress. As countless evil overlords know, you can’t go wrong with basic black.
I still love this strip, and of course I wrote most of the storyline just to build up to it. Even when I drew it, though, I had to wonder where the hell Helen and Dave are walking. How far away did they park the car? Also, the grey fills here are unforgivable.
From this point on, Dave is officially Interested in Helen. He makes the first stab at asking her out in the next daily strip, although he immediately gives up at the first sign of difficulty. It’s his way.
Majel Mappelthorpe is destined to appear in a future storyline, although she’s involved with someone other than the mysterious Brad Romaine.