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I made up the Victorian storyline as I went along, so plot twists like having Madblood show up were very spur-of-the-moment. For the next installment, I had to figure out why he was there.

The grappling arm was directly inspired by a scene in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. I'm not proud of this, but it's true. Incidentally, that's one freaky-looking mechanical hand?

Leon Arnott (l) says: Miss Narbon's arrow-tipped umbrella is very pretty.

Fun fact: prior to 1910, the only metals available to mad scientists were copper alloys.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

that's one freaky-looking mechanical hand

Indeed --   it's got individual (ball?) joints for every finger, nicely imitative "musculature" for the crotch of the hand... but then for the arm, it looks like you were thinking of rabbit-ear TV antennas!  And never mind the missle-like fingertips!

But hey, the whole victorian biomorphism thing is kind of a running joke anyway, as you drift from giant fish-ships to giant fish in ships... hmm, there's a deep-fried joke in there somewhere.


Lenore Hoyt (landsnark) says:

<i>What sort of anti-gravity moongoing bathyscape doesn't have a grappling arm?</i>

I rarely laugh out loud at my computer, but for some reason this page really got to me.  I started laughing at this line and didn't stop for the rest of the page.  I *love* this page.

Incidentally, I thought the word was "bathyscaphe," but Wikipedia lists -scape, -scaphe and -scaph as acceptable endings, then proceeds to switch between them throughout the entry.  Reminds me of a lot of other multiple-author works I've seen.

Amity McGinnis (calamityjane) says: I like the nails on Dave's soles.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: I second Lenore's comment ... that line of Helen's in the first panel literally had me laughing aloud as well.  You might as well question the rationale of equipping a ladies' parasol with a spring-loaded harpoon.  It just works.
Joseph Garvin (dapper_anarchist) says: I like "this adventure is just growing peculiar"...
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