I always come up with such great excuses to get characters naked. Go me!
Also, my art in this strip is pretty good by my standards, especially the second panel with Dave looking up at the big unidentified overhead monitor. This is why I need to bother to do spot blacks.
It’s surprisingly thoughtful of Dave to leap to Helen’s defense in the last panel. He’s really warmed to Helen since they got stranded on the island. Maybe it was that sarong she went around in.
And another sign that Dave has changed a bit post-island: he’s mostly just relieved to see Helen pop out of the teleporter nude, as opposed to aroused and/or terrified, the two sensible reactions.
I went crazy with the grey fills this week. Not cool. But nobody cares because I also drew in a naked lady.
I remember Joey Manley, who did not often comment on Narbonic, predicting that the extra Dave biomatter would cause trouble later on. Alas, no, I just used it for a cheap joke and never brought it up again. I’m sorry.
Ugh, those fills are awful. Again, I’m sorry. I have a lot to apologize for in this strip.
Yeah, I basically just wrote this to explain why Dave hadn’t changed his hairstyle since getting off the island. In fact Dave never trimmed his hair back to its original brutally short length, because the readers and I decided we liked it better this way, but eventually he got a shave.
This was drawn long before there was an American “Iron Chef.” I don’t know what Dave would make of that.
This was one of the very first strips I wrote for this storyline. Yes, the whole long thing was just a buildup to the one time Dave gets to zing Helen. Enjoy it while you can, Dave.
I do like his pose in the last panel. It’s also one of those rare times you can see his eyes from the front. And no, I have no idea what Dave is building.
And thus the storyline ends: on a surprisingly victorious note for Dave. Could it be that being Dave isn’t really so awful after all? I’m really bad at all video games except for “Ms. Pac-Man” and “Super Mario Bros. 2,” so I sympathize with Helen here. Her hunched-over pose in the last panel is good. Her expression in the next-to-last panel was better in the thumbnail, though; I couldn’t get it to turn out the way I wanted in the final. It’s a little too exaggerated.
As mentioned before, this relatively brief storyline is part of a series of plots exploring what it means to be Dave. This theme reaches its apotheosis in the rapidly approaching and ridiculously long “Professor Madblood and the Doppelganger Gambit.” But next up, more of Mell!