Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: But do the personality sprites have a union?
Kristy Valenti (alienjukebox) says: I have that P-chan mug. I love it!
Leon Arnott (l) says: >But do the personality sprites have a union?
No, but according to Sluggy Freelance they all hang out at the same bar.
(P.S: While searching for that one particular episode in the Sluggy archive, I suddenly asked myself "what is up with Narbonic's OhNoRobot transcription archive?")
Leon Arnott (l) says: Monday's Comic: Does Mell's Killing Urge have arms, or what? Also: write a 300-word dissertation on the meaning of her opaque glasses.
Melissa Trible (tamtrible) says: The Mel-sprite is obviously rubbing her hands together maniacally.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mell's sprite's glasses aren't opaque. If you look closely, you can just see eyes and eyebrows through them, but her hair tends to obscure things.
John Wells (johnwwells) says:
Eusocial? Was that to apply to Dave?
Imagine a great termite's nest of geeks, scuttling among the coax cable, keeping all in order to ensure the survival of the breeding members of the species... no, that's not quite it. Mad scientists are dyssocial; they've adapted to avoid breeding, so they can concentrate on wiping out their species.
Rachel S. (masamage) says: So how did the couch receipt come into play?
Leon Arnott (l) says: I'll be expecting scans of several of those items (nay, exhibits) to make appearances at apt occasions later in this series! That is, if it isn't too much trouble, sir.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Tuesday's Comic: What on Earth would Helen want with subliminal message shareware?
Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: I would like to see the note from Dorothy, please! Also your couch receipt!
Leon Arnott (l) says:
"Dave could see Helen's fairies if Helen let him look at the readouts from the brain scans. Which she won't. So there's no way he could find out Helen's thoughts, with or without fairies, unless he went to the trouble of breaking into her files and downloading all of her readouts into his own computer, and he'd never do that, right? Right? At least, not until Wednesday."
--Shaenon, 7 Nov 2000
Bauke Schildt (tephlon) says:
Swedish Fish Licorice is mana from the gods! (Hades and Charon possibly, but still)
But then again, I'm Dutch. We like licorice.
Mike B. (epenthesis) says: Ronald-Ann Smith was a <i>Bloom County</i> character until the very end, and even got to be in <i>Outland</i>. Dismal track record otherwise, though.
Mike B. (epenthesis) says: @#$%^& HTML.
Cameron Nielsen (cameroncn) says: Whut? A minister of the Universal Life Church? You're kidding, right?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (jaychanning) says: All I can think about reading this comic is how horrible it must taste to be both smoking and eating a sammych at the exact same time.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (jaychanning) says: Oh, and... yes, Mell, DO ask Dave about that subliminal-message shareware. Learn as much as you can, for two years hence IT WILL VERY NEARLY PROVE YOUR UNDOING AT THE MERCILESS HANDS OF MY ABSURDLY-LONG FANFIC!!!
Matt Katinas (nidoking) says: Steve Troop did something with vanished characters in Melonpool when Mayberry was cast out of the strip and spent a few weeks hanging out with Lyman and some other characters I've forgotten. Then his archives were brutally erased to make room for... whatever the heck it is he's doing over there these days. Last I checked, it was puppet shows.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Wednesday's Comic: For those who didn't get the joke: the art of Hieronymous Bosch. Or just mentally picture a disgustingly self-satisfied Shaenon. It's all good.
"Peons," by the way, is a marvellous word.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Also: the last panel reminds me of the last two panels of this episode of the other best comic on the Internet.
Which itself brings forth the question: does Helen represent Satan? And is Narbonics Labs the Underworld?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Ah, yes; Hieronymous Bosch: One part Salvatore Dali, one part Jack Chick...
Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says: Instead, you merely added very cool characters that were smart enough to extrapolate what you were thinking.
Rachel S. (masamage) says:
Whee, B5! If the implication is that you hated Byron too, I like you even better now.
(I courted my husband by showing him that series. ^____^)
John Wells (johnwwells) says:
EXTRA TRIVIAL TRIVIA: In the Narbonic Ditch Day stack (see archives), the brain scanner was used as an excuse to give players personality tests to match them to appropriate characters. It worked pretty well; Mell liked smashing things, and Artie continually begged her to consider the Geneva Convention.
(The scanner was a collander with wires, if I recall correctly.)
Leon Arnott (l) says: Thursday's Comic: So, the only reason Helen asked Dave to make the subliminal message shareware was so she could subliminally prevent him from stopping her immoral brain scans?
Poor, poor Dave. That's the story of his life, isn't it?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: No, Helen also wanted to use the subliminal message program to stop him from wasting time fantasizing about the B5 ladies. So it was only 50% successful, at best.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Actually, the real moral is a day or two down the line....
Leon Arnott (l) says: Friday's Comic: I never thought I'd say it this soon, but Dave is evil! Evil, I say! My earlier analogy was right: he has Fallen From Grace.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Well, it isn't really Mell without the mallet, after all.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (jaychanning) says:
This just goes to show that cartoon women have superior hammerspace access. Dave can produce cigarettes out of thin air, true, but what about a giant mallet? Nope.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Mallet + Cute = Mell Kelly. You go, Grrrl!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Oh, and Mell's last sentence? Lie. Total lie.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Saturday's Comic: And thus ends BrainScan v3.5's role in the monochromatic line art epic that is Narbonic. The destruction of Helen's computer, and Dave's subsequent refusal to reinstall it, guarantee that no newer scans of Dave are ever made.
To experience the "D, D'" arc from the perspective of Dave, immediately click here. Ahh! Mell's glasses! So tiny and round!
Panel 1: the wisps of magic smoke unfortunately give the impression that two of the computer's components are saying Mell's dialogue. Maybe some tiny auroras would have sufficed?
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: I like it. It's like those talking duck butts in Mark Trail.
Lenore Hoyt (lkhoyt) says:
"To experience the "D, D'" arc from the perspective of Dave, immediately click here."...
Oh dear--Leon has just disproved his own theory about the Dave at the beginning of "Employee Brain Scans" having "enjoyed three months of gainful employment," since the rebooted Dave has been working in the lab only "since last week." It appears that Narbonic time is simply not like our Earth time.
Alex O (alexo) says: Time to debunk a few misconceptions about programmers:
1. We hardly ever advertise the fact that we are not human.
2. Not all of us fantasize about the female cast of B5, some prefer the female cast of Farscape. Log In or Register to post a comment! It's free!
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