I don’t remember when I decided Dave should have a brother, but he appears a couple of times in Narbonic. Bill is a year older than
Dave. He’s named after Bill Paxton, who plays bullying older brother Chet in the movie “Weird Science.”
In the background of the first panel is a picture of a pear, a nod to my mom and aunt, who both collect pears.
What the hell. Why do Pudding Pops not exist anymore? This is nonsense.
The letters on the fridge spell A.W.F., Andrew’s initials. The picture of Spider-Man is based on a drawing he did as a kid.
Bill’s lounging-on-the-couch pose came out well. I was very happy with it at the time.
Man, Dave has all three of the flavors in the standard box, including chocolate-vanilla swirl. I WANT A PUDDING POP SO BAD.
I always thought this joke was stupid, but for some reason Andrew loved it. It’s one of the few Narbonic strips that made him laugh out
loud. Go figure.
Once again, Dave tells everybody in the damn world that he’s unstuck in time. Think of how many incest-related problems Marty
McFly could’ve avoided with this approach.
I really have a thing for mole men. The first story I wrote for Marvel was called “Mole Man’s Christmas.” I dunno, I just think living in
secret tunnels beneath the earth is cool.
You’ll note that we never actually see either of Dave’s parents. Somehow I got through this story without needing them. The backstory
in my head is that they divorced when Dave was little, and by the time he’s a teenager he almost never sees his dad. The only time I
ever drew his mom was for this spoileriffic commission drawing. She’s in the front row next to Bill.
This strip is very “Calvin and Hobbes.” Dave’s room really is pretty boss. Look, he’s got a lightsaber! My brother had that dinosaur
wallpaper. I had the ceiling stars.
I hope you can tell that the snarling and gnashing is not very terrifying at all. And that the monster isn’t really into it. Sometimes these
things are hard to convey in a static medium.
This reveal would probably be better if I’d drawn Caliban consistently from appearance to appearance. I swear he looks different
every time I draw him. Oh well.
I had this bit planned from early on, so I was able to insert some dialogue way, way previously about Dave having a three-eyed
purple monster under his bed as a kid. You can’t tell that Caliban is purple as a monster, though. It’s a black-and-white comic.