I made Andrew look really scruffy in this strip. In reality, he only had a soul patch for a very brief period of time.
Andrew always thinks people are hitting on me.
Why are TMBG the official nerd band, anyway? It’s not like they sing about specifically nerdy subject matter, like, say, Jonathan Coulton. But nerds know and claim them as their own. They give off nerd rays. It’s probably the glasses and the flannel and all.
For the record, my favorite TMBG songs are “She’s an Angel,” “Ana Ng,” and “Birdhouse in Your Soul.” Although Andrew is not a nerd and generally has much better taste in music than I do (but my tastes are more interesting!), he has been known to declare that “Birdhouse in Your Soul” is a perfect song.
Geez, I’m such a nerd. Still, this strip is kind of noteworthy as the first of the totally unrelated autobio comics I sometimes ran on Sundays over the course of Narbonic. I usually drew these very quickly without pencilling first, which is why they look like this.
The other folks at the concert are my college friends Lisa and Mee-Lise. Lisa is dancing a mazurka.
Andrew says that the TMBG autograph session was the only time he’s seen me go completely fangirl on somebody. And we’ve met a lot of major celebrities over the years. Like the guy who played Lupus in The Bad News Bears.
The King Dapper Combo is an extremely local Ohio junkabilly band to which I was extremely devoted in high school.
Actual recent conversation with Andrew:
Andrew: Is it wrong that when I listen to your They Might Be Giants albums, I can picture the notes coming up in Accordion Hero?
Me: Oh, yeah, Accordion Hero. You know, in the last level you have to master ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s ‘Polkas on 45.'”