Artie is still scared of heights. FORESHADOWING.
It really bugged me at the time that the last panel is so wordy. Artie talks too much. On the plus side, it meant less Arctic landscape to draw. So thanks, Artie.
Dave does eventually meet the person for whom he’d pull himself together, near the end of the strip. And has already met her a couple of times, actually.
“Cheese on toast!” was one of the cartoony non-swears frequently employed by the rewriter of the Yoshihiro Tagashi manga YuYu Hakusho, which I used to edit for Viz. I think he picked it up from Donald Duck comics. Nowadays I edit Tagashi’s current manga Hunter x Hunter. Sometimes it feels like my life never really changes.
Many things about this strip are excellent, but the most excellent is that I didn’t have to draw the exploding flaming poison cannonballs.
I like this strip a whole lot, even though, as with the earlier strip where Helen reveals that Dave isn’t primarily a mad computer scientist, the ominous foreshadowing never really pays off. We don’t get to see much of Real Helen. It’s probably just as well.
When I drew this, I was extremely pleased with Artie’s legs sticking up from the back of the flyer in the first panel. Please enjoy.
This is mostly just a tying-up-the-plot-threads type strip, but I do enjoy any time Artie is at least a little bit openly evil. If he put his mind to it, he could probably do more damage than the rest of them combined. I also like the teeny little figures in the first panel. Establishing shot!
Is Helen right here? Probably only to the extent that everyone in the gang causes a lot of destruction, and Artie is the only one of them who doesn’t own it. One of the themes of Narbonic that developed without my conscious intention is that just good intentions–or bad intentions, for that matter–aren’t enough. Things tend not to go as people intended, unless those people are Helen, maybe.
Also, sometimes Artie just needs to get yanked down a peg.
I wrote this strip at the last minute, but it’s awesome. You cannot overuse hamsters in robot suits.