As I’ve said before, the bit about filling the swimming pool is a reference to the video game “Maniac Mansion,” where failing to refill the swimming pool is one of the few ways to die. I wrote this strip at the same time as the strips in the time-travel storyline setting it up.
The Cartoon Art Museum has an exhibit up right now of work by Sam Kieth, creator of The Maxx, who is an excellent guy. One of the pieces on the wall is a little sketch-lesson on drawing women, and, among other things, Kieth asks how often you see cartoonists try to draw bra straps through a shirt. So here’s one attempt.
This is one of the strips Andrew really likes. He also likes the one where Madblood’s Theft-Bot grabs Helen’s boob, and the ones with Dana the gerbil riding around in a lobotomized hippie. Make of that what you will.
Man, the third panel looked better in the thumbnail. It always bigs me when that happens. Zeta still looks good, though.
“We’re your totally sexy rescue squad!” makes me wish I’d had Zeta interact with the main cast more.
I drew too many little lines on Artie in the last panel. Naked passed-out guys are hard to draw.
I figured I should do at least one strip tackling what, exactly, Zeta’s relationship with Narbonics Labs really is. I don’t know if Artie feels the same way, but probably. I like the way this one came out a lot. It’s pretty solid across the board, except that sometimes, drawing Narbonic, I couldn’t figure out how Artie’s dreadlocks worked. He’s got like four giant locks.
I was very worried about the plausibility of characters surviving a fall from a flying island into a swimming pool, so I added in Artie’s shape-changing ability and a force field to explain how the fall resulted only in cracked ribs and hurt feelings. I hope everyone is satisfied.
Artie is very cute in the second panel, which is kind of disturbing given how hot he was a strip or two before. Sometimes it’s best not to think too hard about Narbonic.
Just so we’re all on the same page, this is the teleporter remote that Mell snagged from the Dave Conspiracy in an off-panel battle that included alligators, a remote originally designed by Dave from the future. Also, Artie’s little sling is adorable.
The idea of Zeta and Foot going through the rubble together, looking for salvage, is… fascinating.