Another really early script. This entire subplot was something I came up with very early in the development of Narbonic.
Dr. Narbon has transparent glasses in the past and opaque glasses in the future. If I were doing Narbonic over, I would probably
develop some kind of consistent symbolism to transparent/opaque glasses, but as things stand there isn’t one, even though the
transition from opaque to transparent ends up being important to one character.
For some reason I could never get Young Dr. Narbon’s glasses to look right in the final strips. They kept coming out all crooked. I’m
I periodically played with the idea that the Helens Narbon have been cloning their own descendants for generations, possibly for
centuries, but it never really comes up in Narbonic itself. I did, however, take the time to establish that Dr. Narbon got her doctorate
from some shady mail-order outfit. I liked the idea.
Oh, Dave. Like you know anything about the stock market. I guess he could warn her not to invest in Pets.com or something.
I love drawing kids with the gap in the front teeth.
I spent a long time working out all the details of Dave’s elaborate lie, but “Robot butlers everywhere!” is the money line.
I decided to have Dave grow up in state that hosted Narbonicon. I grew pretty fond of the Twin Cities during my visits. Of course, I was
only there during the summer.
The bonus story in Narbonic Volume Four (available now at the Couscous Store!) goes into more detail on the concept of little Helen
and her mother fleeing from place to place, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. It’s probably my favorite of the bonus stories.
Helen, of course, looks exactly like me at age nine, only blonde. That was one of my favorite shirts.