And the final storyline begins. Where “Madness” was all about Dave letting loose with his mad-science powers, “Genius” is about him learning to channel them toward something meaningful. And what’s the point of genius if you can’t do that?
Dave has clearly been at this hospice for a while, because the flowers next to his bed are in pretty bad shape.
The thing Mell quotes in the third panel comes from a language generator programmed with a vocabulary of the last words of Dutch Schultz. It was something I’d come across long before and always wanted to use.
I never did figure out how to draw Dave with a full beard.
I wrote this strip several years before it ran, and I had to keep changing the movie that Dave is no longer interested in seeing. I have that problem with Skin Horse now.
Artie basically lives where I live. He’s still in Berkeley as of “Skin Horse.”
I’m glad I worked in one last chance to draw a “For Better or for Worse” tongue-sticking-out laugh.
Mell is probably the best person for Dave to talk to right now. She doesn’t judge.
Helen left the comatose Dave a single rose, a nod to the single rose he gave her on their zoo date in this week of strips. She’s the sentimental type.
Hey, it’s my birthday! Happy birthday, me!
This was the first strip I wrote featuring the ponytailed blonde girl; her earlier appearances in “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved” and “The End” were written after this. I’m really happy with the way all of Dave’s expressions came out. He looked good in the thumbnail, and he looks good here.
The Tab is a “Back to the Future” reference, of course.