Hey! Chapter Two of the Victorian serial! I think I originally intended to change the cover illustration from time to time, but I never did. Drawing the serial was always time-consuming enough.
Sigh…eventually I would learn never, ever to use my own cursive writing. My printing is bad enough. I still kind of like the pocket watch in the last panel, though.
Dave’s computer is an IBM–the first IBM. It’s the Punch Card Tabulating Machine invented by Herman Hollerith in the 1890s to conduct the U.S. Census. Hollerith used his success to launch the Tabulating Machine Company in 1896, which later merged with a number of other early manufacturers of computing and recording machines, forming the International Business Machines Corporation in 1924.
Mell, meanwhile, has a carpetbag full of 19th-century rifles and a brace of World War I-era grenades. It’s not the most historically consistent panel, but it’s also a panel of mad scientists flying to the moon in an antigravity bathyscape, so how much realism do you want?