I wrote this strip pretty late, which is how I was able to provide a schedule of everything in the rest of the storyline. Man, was I ever tired of drawing Lovelace by the end of all this.
Helen is a little on edge throughout this storyline. She’s all jealous about Dave and Lovelace, of course, but she’s got other projects going on too. You know how it is.
I like Dave’s little smile in the last panel. He thinks this behavior is cute. Poor guy.
Oh, and hey! Today’s my birthday!
I don’t remember who the all characters in the first panel are–a little help, please?–but the guy in the third panel looks a lot like my friend Jason Shiga, the maddest real-life mad genius I know. Dr. K. is, if I remember correctly, the scientist in Shiga’s comic Meanwhile, and “Jimmy” is the standard name he uses for most of his protagonists.
“Meathook” is a funny word.
Dr. Thesiger is named after Ernest Thesiger, who played all-time platinum-level champion mad scientist Dr. Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein. In reality, both Thesiger and his character were totally totally gay.
The influence of Total Recall is felt more than once over the course of Narbonic.
This came out of discussions on the message board. You’ll notice I got really lazy about drawing the crowd scenes by the end of this week.