Should be “viruses” in the last panel. Also, I was really running out of space for text in the second panel there. If it weren’t for Helen’s smile in the third panel, this entire strip would be made of fail.
The cabinet in the background contains a bunch of bones, a flask, and yet another Sea Monkey Seaquarium. Man, I liked drawing those things.
I still really like this strip. Helen’s logic is impeccable. Also, “poisonous exploding acid” is one of my favorite things I wrote in the entirety of Narbonic.
With the clone tanks in the background, you’d think Helen would try to make a date from scratch, but instead she ill-advisedly tries to recruit an actual living man for the job.
Dave is so cute when he’s blasé.
I like this strip because Helen and Madblood are both so totally inept at dating. The surprising thing is that Madblood really is working on a secret evil fortress, and it’s totally boss. It’ll feature in the next storyline.
Yes, Madblood’s mother’s friends think he’s gay. He’s got that single-thin-and-neat thing going on. And, yes, Madblood has a horrible teenage moustache in his graduation photo there on the wall. Madblood went mad as a teenager, so it’s actually pretty impressive that he managed to graduate from high school and go on to some kind of academic career.
In the third panel you can see a pear on the shelf. For reasons to complicated to go into here, my mother collects pears.
Unsurprisingly, this was one of the first strips I wrote for this storyline. Most of the storyline is written around it, after all.
And of course Helen dots her “i”s with little hearts. Never any question there.
The punchline here still makes me laugh. Nothing beats an arresting visual I don’t have to actually draw. And no, I don’t know what’s up with the wiggly tube things in the first panel, although they’re kind of cool.
Helen is being honest here; she really didn’t want to take Dave to the reunion. It’s not that she thinks Dave is that un-dateable. Quite the contrary. It’s just that this situation has the potential to make things really awkward around the lab, and even Helen understands enough about romance to see that forcing Dave to go to her reunion with her is not the best imaginable first date. Oh, well. You have to take what you can get.
Some people were disappointed that I never did a follow-up storyline in which Helen went to Dave’s reunion. It would have been in 2004, around the time of the road trip and the Mad Science Symposium. Let’s assume that it went about the same as Helen’s reunion, the characters having learned exactly jack and squat from their previous experience.
For the record, Dave and Helen actually do arrive at Helen’s reunion the Friday after this strip. Go continuity.
Artie looks good in the third panel. I’m pretty good at drawing him by this point.