All right, time to bring Dave back! I always planned to do this; it was just a question of how long I could postpone it. All things considered, I managed to keep him dead for a respectable length of time.
A lot of nice details in this strip. There’s the Simpsons-like many-eyed fish on Helen’s desk in the first panel, and one of the beakers in the second panel is filled with something plaid. Helen’s T-shirt reads “Rapacious Devouring Female Void,” based on something from a classic Dave Sim misogynist rant. Actually, it should be “Devouring Rapacious Female Void,” but as a female void, I make mistakes like this all the time. I keep meaning to get a T-shirt made with this phrase spelled out in bubble letters. I would be the belle of the San Diego Comic-Con.
This storyline is named, for no particular reason, after a Frank Zappa song.
Ugh…more horrible gray fills. I was so lazy. The lettering’s extra bad here, too. I do like the little resurrectionist outfits, though. Any plot development that requires a specialized wardrobe is generally a good thing. Why did I never again put Helen in a bowler?
Picking on Dave. Always good for a cheap joke. And, again, this plot development calls for a new outfit, so it must be good.
How many times have I drawn a Pong game on a monitor? Like fifty? I’m sorry, it’s always funny.
Even though I don’t know what half the equipment in the first panel is supposed to be, I like this strip. It’s one of the quintessential Narbonic strips, the kind you can show to people to give them an idea of what the comic is all about. Also, Mell looks hot upside-down with her hair flying around. Later, in the Moon storyline, I did a lot with that look.
At the time this strip originally ran, I remember there being some debate on the mailing list about whether Artie could actually lift an EEG machine, as some of them are very small and designed to be portable. Artie could probably at least push one of the little ones around, so we’ll have to assume that Helen has a big, bulky model.
And I like this strip because it’s a visual gag, and I almost never do visual gags. I have a hard time thinking visually, a very bad trait in a cartoonist. Sigh. Anyway, I was proud of this strip for that reason. And for whatever that giant dome-shaped ray in the first panel is supposed to be. That thing looks sweet.
At the time I drew this, I was really pleased with my artwork. Now I just can’t get over how messed-up Dave’s face is in the third panel. Why did I draw such massive ears? Seriously, why?
“I’m the god!” is originally a line from a “Twilight Zone” episode, but I know it mainly because it was used all the time on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
Incidentally, this was still early enough in Narbonic that characters could get away with doing things for little or no logical reason. If this sort of thing came up later in the strip, I’d probably have to devise some strong, plausible reason for Helen to want to bring Dave back to life, but here she just does it because she’s bored and can’t find a good replacement for him.
Well, and she misses him. But she doesn’t mention that.