As I’ve probably mentioned before in this space, the Garrity-Farago household has an NES and a Super Nintendo. The arrival of the NES and games from Andrew’s brother was a big event for us around 2001, mainly so we could play Mario 3 and get to the Kuribo’s Shoe level. I freak out so hard when I get the shoe that I invariably bounce into a pit and die. The only Mario game I’m actually any good at is Mario 2, where I kick all kinds of ass as the princess.
I knew a guy in college who drank these, with exactly this rationale. Mell’s last line is one of my favorite punchlines I ever came up with, although, as usual, it’s probably only amusing to me.
The five-panel structure leaves the lettering pretty cramped, especially in…Oh, never mind. I can’t stay mad at a comic that has “CHUG!” as a sound effect.
Yeah, so this is just a big fakeout. I don’t care! I have no shame!
I think this is the first strip in which Dave expresses romantic interest in Helen, as opposed to just generally being attracted to anything female. Of course, the situation is complicated by Helen being, like, half-Dave. I’m not sure what it says about Dave that he feels most comfortable going after a woman when she’s turning into him.
Man, I used to draw really fat hands.
Dave’s apartment is, of course, based exactly on mine. I do have a comic-book spinner rack next to my front door. The more-or-less illegible comics in Dave’s rack are mostly by people who were involved with the Modern Tales sites: Killer Princesses my Lea Hernandez and Gail Simone, Shuck by Rick Smith, New Hat by Tom Hart, and Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge. Actually, Gail Simone was never involved in Modern Tales, but she wrote the introduction to the upcoming Narbonic Volume 6. So it all comes together.
To the left of Helen in panel one is an “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” OBEY poster, which we had on our wall here at Chez Garrity-Farago for a while. Isn’t it weird that the guy who did those is, like, the official guy who does pictures of the president now? The other poster in panel one, behind the spinner rack, is impossible to identify, but it’s a self-portrait Keith Knight did for us on oversized sketch paper once. We still have that one hanging up.
I must have just copied the titles on the spines of the books in panel two off my bookshelf, because they’re completely random books I own: The Stars My Destination, The Salmon of Doubt, something by Terry Pratchett, a Bloom County collection, and Cryptonomicon. Geez, I’m really nerdy. The Stars My Destination and Cryptonomicon were both gifts Dave Barker got me when he visited me around this time.
Also visible in panel two: Optimus Prime (who would later prove invaluable as an art model in “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved”), a Morpheus doll from Sandman, a poster for the then-recent Spider-Man movie, a poster for a Tom Tomorrow show at the Cartoon Art Museum, and a nonfunctioning Superman clock.
In panel three: a Far Side calendar (hey, they don’t make those anymore), a poster for Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure, and assorted toys, of which the only ones I can identify are a Popeye action figure and a Spider-Man Pez dispenser.
Wow, I drew a lot of random crap in this strip! Good for me!
This is all pretty hard on Dave, but it would be weird if these two hooked up like this. Especially when Helen started turning entirely into Dave.
The plush Cthulhu in the first panel is another random object from my apartment.