Drawing lots and lots of hamsters got old fast, but I do enjoy their cute little round faces. Also, no backgrounds!
I wrote this one at the last minute and didn’t think it was that great, but Eric Burns did a Websnark post on it, so I figured I must’ve done something right after all. Around this time I was measuring the success of the strip largely by how often I could get Websnark to do a post on it. It was so much more soothing than metrics like popularity or money.
I love this strip, as I love all strips with male nudity, but it does bug me that I drew everyone’s hands so big around this time. Seriously, characters have some giant hands in the last couple years of Narbonic.
Zeta’s question-mark tattoo is a new addition. She’s, you know, questioning things.
I just want to say that by this point I had gotten pretty damn good at drawing what Andrew persists in calling Man-Artie. Thank you.
Mike is based on my friend Dirk Tiede, creator of Paradigm Shift, and Ruby is based on his wife Emily, a laser scientist. I’m usually not very good at drawing caricatures of specific people, but that’s a pretty damn good likeness of Dirk, if I dare say so myself. Emily/Ruby came out okay, but I’d probably draw her differently now.
Because feet are funny, that’s why.