As mentioned earlier, I wrote chunks of “Unstuck in Time” way back in college, before I started drawing and posting Narbonic. Most of
the strips from this week hail from that early period. This is some really old writing.
Later I drew Caliban much blonder than this. The way he looks now is just the standard way I drew a generic guy, only with little horns
I don’t know why I decided a demon could also be an under-the-bed monster. It’s one of several odd leaps of logic in this storyline that
I can no longer explain or justify.
Actually, Caliban only says he can’t travel in time if it would create a paradox. It comes up when Dave is dead and negotiating with
Hell in this week of strips, a conversation this Caliban doesn’t remember because it hasn’t happened yet. Man, the only thing more
complicated than time travel is time travel with demons.
I got a lot of mileage out of that demon face close-up. Good for me.
Caliban is snotty about his demonic superiority and at the same time pretty thoroughly useless at being a demon.
Dave owns Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, and H.R. Pufnstuf action figures. Once again my fascination with Sid and Marty Krofft comes
Dave eventually figures out a way around the energy expenditure problem, but it takes a loooong time. I don’t know where I came up
with the idea that time travel should eat up a lot of energy, but I think it’s fairly common in science fiction.
Kid!Dave is friggin’ adorable here.
Caliban mentions this entire unfortunate incident back in this week of strips. This is how he lost his job as a bed monster and got
assigned to the gates of Hell.
“Bed monster” is a pretty great-sounding job title.
[SPOILER] As it turns out, Caliban is correct about Dave.
This is a really goofy strip, but it’s nice when I can do a visual gag, so I’m kind of fond of it.
“Abraxas” or “Abrasax” is a name that appears in ancient mystical Greek and Gnostic texts and is believed to be some kind of god or
demon. The name may be the origin of the word “abracadabra.” At one point in college I was working on a comic with Caliban as the
main character and I compiled a whole list of demonic names, some of which I ended up using for demons in Narbonic.
Caliban is better than most demons at dealing with mortals, which is why he was able to hold on to a surface job for so long, and also
why they later put him in charge of the gates of Hell. The unproduced comic in which he was the main character was set in
Elizabethan England, where Caliban was in the business of buying souls. The soul business dried up later on.
OMG DAVE HAS FOOTY PAJAMAS.