I wrote this one early on; it’s probably one of the oldest strips in this storyline. Artie in the third panel looked better in the thumbnail than he does here. It’s hard to draw Artie looking down, especially with his little cap.
Nice snow, though.
I like that Artie elects to describe Dave as Helen’s ex-henchman rather than her ex-boyfriend. It’s nice when I have enough space to work in little dialogue quirks like that, because all too often, in a comic strip, you have to cut a lot of that stuff.
I also like that there’s a crowd of hamsters in mechanical walking suits, obviously.
I’ve said this before, but a lot of the time you can tell when I’m insecure about the joke in a strip because I work extra hard on the artwork. This strip looks excellent! Especially everybody running for it in the last panel. I almost never to get everyone in the panel look good like that.
As for the joke itself, it’s good because there are hamsters in robot suits with arm cannons.
Oh, I waited so long to get to this point in the story. It was very exciting to draw. Also difficult–in an emotional way, but mostly in the way that drawing a flying island getting hit by missiles is hard.
He does manage to catch her. Go figure.
In many ways, this whole storyline was written around these strips. Or the whole strip, after a certain point. I really wanted to do this scene.
Along with the first strip, the last strip, and the strip where Helen and Dave kiss, this is one of the strips I won’t sell. I just like this whole sequence. I admit I may be the only one.
That said, Artie’s hair looks kind of weird. Oh well.