Argh, do I ever hate these grey fills. I did enjoy making Caliban float around, though. His hair doesn’t flop around when he moves like this because he’s not a physical entity and isn’t really affected by gravity. He can make it move more naturally if he pays attention, but he usually doesn’t.
Look, if you don’t want to look at the occasional demon crotch shot, why are you reading Narbonic? Seriously.
There’s this whole chunk of space around Caliban’s head in the third panel that I didn’t fill in with grey. EPIC FAIL.
Despite the crummy art, I do kind of like this strip. Caliban’s such an entertainingly irritable little guy.
And in this strip I just stopped doing the grey background fills for no particular reason. Okay, whatever.
This week of strips gets into some weird territory, is all I can say. I like to think that Dave wants to possess David Duchovny so he can keep his sweet Dave Conspiracy privileges.
Nothing gets you up in the morning like a heapin’ helping of dated geek-culture references, huh?
This week of strips really gets away from the mad-science center of Narbonic, which is always a risk when Caliban is involved, but it’s kind of fun on its own. I like how Dave thinks he can reason his way out of this increasingly ridiculous situation.
I remember some readers around this time, all straight men, identifying Caliban as being sort of generically good-looking, as opposed to Dave’s nerdcore style. I got the impression that some guys were a little annoyed at me for drawing a traditionally attractive man (the same thing happened much later with women and Lovelace). My art at this point was so crude, though, that I’m not sure how you can tell who’s supposed to be physically attractive. Later I did make Caliban a lot cuter.
Yes, a semi-dirty joke! Every once in a while, I work one in. Caliban can read Dave’s mind, apparently. He probably finds it an annoying chore.
These are some of my all-time worst word balloons. They’re so distracting! I like all of Helen’s dialogue here, though. It’s so Helen.
More on the long-term ramifications of Caliban’s quick fix next week…