I’m sure I’m not the only person to guess, back in 2003, that Britney Spears would have some kind of meltdown upon hitting full
adulthood and drop out of public favor, thus setting the stage for a terrifying comeback years down the road. It was pretty obvious. I
just want to be praised anyway for being correct.
Mell indicates that the future has CO2-related global warming but a “clean” atmosphere. That’s not a contradiction. The air pollutants
that irritate the lungs and eyes are different from CO2, which people can breathe comfortably. The people in Mell’s future took care of
one problem but not the other.
Global warming is probably an ongoing concern where Mell and Dave are right now. They’re constantly losing real estate.
[SPOILERS] Oh boy! Foreshadowing! I set this up to sound like a one-off gag, though I’d already planned for Dave to have a
computerized girlfriend later in Narbonic. I like it when you can’t tell whether the strip is kidding on the square.
This also echoes the earlier strip where Dave’s high-school buddy wants to know when he’s going to lose his virginity. I’m sorry for
repeating the gag, but I like it when characters have dumb questions about the future.
I don’t have much to say about this strip, but I like that they have an escalator. That’s useful, and also easy to draw.
I didn’t go into a lot of detail in the strip, but the concept in the back of my head here was that Mell, an inexperienced but charismatic
youngish politician, runs as Vice-President on the Republican ticket (I thought the Republicans would be more successful running a
woman than the Democrats, because they could court crossover votes more easily) with a trustworthy old white guy as the
presidential candidate. Once they’re elected, she has him quietly assassinated, which doesn’t look suspicious because he’s old and
has a weak heart, and takes over the Presidency.
Imagine my annoyance when the GOP lifted my entire idea for their 2008 presidential campaign. That was so rude. They know I’m
just a webcartoonist. I can’t fight infringement on that level.
I love the hell out of the old Marvel “Here Comes the Hulk/There Goes the Hulk” T-shirt. It appears many times in Narbonic.
As do shameless fakeout cliffhangers.
And now Dave is wearing, like, a completely different Marvel T-shirt. This strip has no respect for continuity.
[SPOILER] That’s so obviously not Helen, isn’t it?