This strip turned out pretty well, mainly because Iris has such lovely wallpaper.
The smart phone that’s actually smart is another of Dave’s improbably brilliant inventions, although you can probably get an app that does that now. But would it have mysterious alpha and omega buttons? Surely not.
And yes, Helen doodles gene sequences.
The names on the duty roster in the second panel are all characters from Jeffrey Wells’s serial Tales of the Starbuck Avenger. This inspired Jeff to write Caliban into an installment of Starbuck Avenger, which inspired me to write a Starbuck Avenger fanfic with Caliban in it. At this point we were skimming the event horizon of an infinitely recursive loop, so it was clearly time to back off.
Anyway, that’s Trish, the protagonist of Jeff’s series, working the counter in the first panel.
I should have had Caliban’s name badge just read “Cal.” That bugs me now.
My favorite part of this strip is Dave’s line in the second panel. I think people on the message board had been talking for a while about the need to have polarity-reversing in the comic at some point.
Poor Freddy is really the buttmonkey in this storyline.
Aw, what the hell, I love this strip. It’s just people running around screaming. I almost never did strips like this, and yet it’s basically your standard Narbonic plot in a nutshell.
I drew characters in Chuck Taylors a lot. I probably got that off “Bloom County.”
Sometimes you can tell when I wasn’t satisfied with the writing on a strip because I clearly worked extra hard on the art to make up for it. The comedy here is just okay, but I really like the way the art came out, especially Dave in the last panel with his post-dynamite-Wile-E-Coyote face.