I like Dr. Noah’s weird little drill in the first panel. And Mell’s hate-filled expression in the last panel. And “Ka-Blooie!!”, with two exclamation points. And “poik!” Gosh, I wish I’d put more amusing sound effects into Narbonic. You can never, ever go wrong with amusing sound effects. Unless you’re not trying to be amusing, I guess.
I have to assume Dr. Noah has walked up to the second floor, where the lab is. This would be a lot clearer if I would ever DRAW SOME BACKGROUNDS.
The completed doomsday device is a thing of crudely-drawn beauty, isn’t it? I was really trying here, dammit. I cleverly made the first panel fairly narrow so it wouldn’t take as long to fill with machinery.
The little cloud over Dave’s head was inspired by Joe Bfstplk, the unfortunate man with a perpetual cloud over his head in Al Capp’s comic strip Li’l Abner. Yes, the character’s name was Joe Bfstplk.
It looks like I drew that background four times rather than copying and pasting it. Good for me. Dumb, but good.
Not much else to say about this strip, except a) it’s good that I’m trying for at least a little bit of visual humor, and b) Helen’s binoculars and Mell’s eyes in the second panel are still pretty funny.
You know what would help here? Perspective. And backgrounds. Just saying.
Dave has that cloud raining on him for the entire week. I just wish I’d found a way to bring it back at some later point in the strip, or, preferably, many later points. Lord, I loved doing terrible things to Dave.
Oh, yeah. You know what I like? SHOW TUNES.
Mell is, of course, singing “I’m the Greatest Star,” from Funny Girl. The Barbra Streisand movie holds a sacred place in my mother’s life, and I saw it many times growing up. Also, my friend Mackenzi sang this song for the middle-school talent show in seventh grade. (In eighth grade she sang the Minute Waltz from Funny Lady. She was too good for this world, or at least too good for Green Local Schools, home of the Bulldogs.)
Yes, Dave wears boxers, and yes, they have little chili peppers printed on them.
This is another strip that’s just too goofy for me to criticize much. I mean, Mell’s got the boxers on her head, and ANTONIO SMITH covers his face like the Bela Lugosi stand-in in Plan Nine from Outer Space when confronted with Dave’s chili-pepper-emblazoned boxers…come on, you gotta crack a smile.