Oh, Artie, Artie, Artie. Can you tell that these hamsters are bad news? Just look at them!
Actually, now that I look at this strip, there is something unsettling about the hamsters climbing around on their unconvincing humanoid transport. I can’t believe I fell for Muppet Man.
“Naive” should have little dots over it instead of a little line.
Just a little plot-advancing strip. Also an opportunity to practice drawing Artie’s expressions and body language, which this storyline was pretty useful for. Artie has a surprisingly expressive face when he’s human.
This is arguably the most reckless and poorly-thought-out thing Artie does in the entirety of Narbonic. In his defense, he doesn’t have a very clear idea of how money works.
I had a lot of trouble writing this strip and worried that the punchline wasn’t very Narbonic, somehow, but now that I’m looking at it, it’s pretty good. Or maybe I just want cupcakes.
Mike looks a lot like my drawings of Apple Butter Lad in my friend Rob’s comic Hell on Wheels. There are only so many ways I can draw glorpy plasma guys.
Man, drawing mechanical cyborg wings is hard.
This strip was inspired by the wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat, which I watched around this time, specifically all scenes involving Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
PROTIP: In wrestling parlance, “personal demons” means “meth.”