And here we see Mr. Wasoto, mentioned several months ago. As you can see, he’s a Japanese oni. He looks a lot like Lum’s dad in Urusei Yatsura, actually.
I have no idea what janitorial services in Hell involve. It’s probably best not to speculate.
This strip is awesome, I don’t care what you say. The last line is a nod to General Protection Fault, which unfortunately doesn’t have so much of the cheerful ogling anymore. If this strip had been drawn many years later, the hand in the jar could’ve been a Doctor Who reference.
I love Mr. Wasoto’s combover.
Eh, this strip is kinda lame. Sometimes you just need a sixth strip to fill out the week, y’know? The one good part is the unidentified organ in a jar Mell is toting around for no particular reason. Also, Mell seems to be aware of Dave’s man-crush on Bruce Willis from the Sunday strips. It’s always weird when Sunday Narbonic crosses over with regular Narbonic.
Ah, visual gags. So rare in Narbonic, and therefore so precious. Dave’s head really ought to be facing the other way in the last panel, but his expression came out so perfectly that I didn’t want to change it. And he still has his cigarette!
I’ve gotta admit, I like it when Dave is a disembodied zombie head. It’s a nadir for him. In the last panel, you have to picture Helen holding his head like a bowling ball, probably with a finger stuck in his ear or up his nose.
The guy in the last panel is supposed to be my genius friend Jason Shiga, who had recently drawn a comic strip called “Bus Stop.” It doesn’t look much like him, though, because I was such a cruddy artist. You can see better cartoon renditions of Shiga in Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference and Other Stories (in the story about Korean toilets, he’s the one saying, “The Rubik’s Cube?”) and in Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm’s Good as Lily (running from the food fight; Andrew and I are on the same page).
Jason Shiga: muse to Bay Area cartoonists.
As you may recall, in a previous strip Artie mentioned being unable to lift Helen’s EEG monitor. Now we learn that Helen has remedied the situation. This was in response to online discussion about why Helen would have some huge primitive EEG monitor too big for a gerbil to lift. I can be easily swayed by criticism sometimes. Other times, I’m just too lazy to fix stuff.