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Jess Kautz was a fellow Vassar student who ended up sending me a lot of Narbonic artwork. I met him and his mother once when they were in town for robot wrestling; they were very nice and drove me to Berkeley even though I kind of got the feeling they didn't really want to go.

I really like the crude, woeful renditions of Helen and Dave in George Carroll's strip.

I swear "All Your Base" jokes were still timely when this strip was written. Lame, of course, but timely.

One of the stickers on Mell's suitcase reads "Garzapolis," which is a private joke too complex to go into here. Andrew and I knew a guy named Garza, that's all I can say.

Leon Arnott (l) says: Mr. Carroll wins today's prize as the most effective mimic of our actual cartoonist's style thus far.

Luggage stickers? Wax fruit hats? That kid is just 10 inexhaustible pints of cartoonery, isn't she?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Leon:  (1) Or perhaps PhotoShopping...  (2) Remember, Mell's the one with the Hammerspace portal!   Now if she'd ever showed up with Luggage with feet, then I'd get really nervous...


Matt Katinas (nidoking) says: Bah! The purpose of the Luggage was never so much transportation of goods as it was handy homicidal maniac. Why would Mell need something like that?
Paul Anderson (pmanderson) says: Why would Mell need a handy homicidal maniac? Company.
Bill Livingston (billfl) says: I feel there's never a bad time for an "All Your Base" joke.  Besides, we have no chance to survive, make our time.
George Carroll (pudgimelon) says:

Hahah, I forgot about that strip!   I did that one when I was still working with Dana out in Boston.  He's the one who introduced me to Narbonic (he was very pleased to be a mad gerbil, btw).

Lenore Hoyt (landsnark) says: Helen looks shockingly adorable in that hat.
Dana Mackenzie (zymurgy) says:

This was the first of three times when I was mentiond in Narbonic! I was totally stunned when Shaenon asked if she could quote from my e-mail in her Sunday comic. I mean, you can't exactly write to Charles Schulz or Jim Davis and get quoted in "Peanuts" or "Garfield"! This helped keep me reading "Narbonic," even in spite of Dave's beard and Dave being dead and all that.

By the way, I'm confused by George Carroll's comment (or maybe he's confused) because I didn't live in Boston. Also, unfortunately, I don't think I ever turned anybody on to Narbonic, although I did mention it in a Christmas newsletter to all two of my friends.

George Carroll (pudgimelon) says: I worked with the Dana after whom "Dana the Mad Gerbil" (the one who created the Hamsters) was named.  We worked at GA together in Lexington outside of Boston.  You must be a different Dana.  I had no idea there were so many!
Dana Mackenzie (zymurgy) says:

Thanks for the explanation! Yes, I think Dana is becoming a more common name. I've met two other Danas recently. When you've spent your whole life with an unusual name, it's always a little surprising when you hear someone say your name (or see it in print) and then realize that they're *not* talking about you.

sharon (sharonopolis) says:

>One of the stickers on Mell's suitcase reads "Garzapolis," which is a

>private joke too complex to go into here. Andrew and I knew a guy

>named Garza, that's all I can say.

Parallel private jokes... does this mean I can flatter myself by saying I think like the cartoonist?

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