I talk about this in one of the later Sunday installments, but originally I planned to bring this character back. I was going to do a storyline in which she and Dave run into each other at a bar, after Dave has a body and is no longer undead, and end up going on a date. They go miniature golfing. I wrote three or four strips for this storyline but never got very far on it. The real problem was that the Dave/Helen relationship heated up much more quickly than I expected, and soon I passed the point at which this storyline would make narrative sense. Lovelace ended up filling the role of the unfortunate Other Woman.
Anyway, I still feel bad about never giving this woman a name. Maybe something from Shakespeare?
Whoever she is, she’s reading Film Threat in the first panel. Also, the last line indicates that she works for a temp agency, which may explain why she changes jobs so often. She was previously seen working retail in the last week of “Crystal of Marinia.”
Aw, poor Dave. Also note the Ellmann shout-out on the back cover of Film Threat.
I wonder if Dave can still cry, or if all fluid has dried from his tear ducts. Either way, it’s probably pretty pathetic.
I think this is the only time Dave’s cigarette brand of choice is mentioned. He’s a man of simple tastes. Incidentally, his neck is very disturbing.
I’m sorry, but the thought of Madblood on public transit, riding up and down the city in search of human brains, still cracks me up. However, the woman’s grocery bag breaks a cardinal rule of cartoon illustration by containing neither a baguette nor a stalk of celery. I’m sorry.
I drew myself on the magazine in the first panel.
“Frank” is one of the strip’s countless references to “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Man, I was hung up on that show.
As mentioned earlier, I really did intend for Dave and the unnamed chick to go miniature golfing at some point. I still think it’s kind of a shame that never worked out, but it turns out that Narbonic has no room for relatively stable, sane characters.
I’m still pretty pleased with the gag here. It’s important that Helen’s highly variable connection to reality sometimes works against her. The art’s not too bad either, at least by my standards at the time, so I can’t snark this strip too much. Good work, Shaenon of the Past! You’ve failed to humiliate me today!