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Oh, poor Victorian Dave. Look at his big damp puppy-dog eyes in the first panel. Even by Dave standards, he takes a lot of abuse in this serial.

I like Madblood lifting Helen's overlarge word balloon. I wish I'd done more stuff like that throughout Narbonic. There was certainly plenty of dialogue wordy enough to warrant the characters getting fed up and shoving it aside.

The Venusian "language," as I'm sure many readers have noticed, is just English with each letter of each word written inside the previous letter, concentrically. It doesn't always turn out legibly, but you can see that the first two words here are "Hapax Legomenon." I got the idea from artist Xu Bing's English-language calligraphy, some of which you can see here.

2 comments:
Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says: Could we see zoomed versions of the Venusian language, if you have such a thing?  I love deciphering such things.  It looks to me like the last sentence is "Do you require assistance?" but I'm not certain.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Helen looks a bit Jane Narbon-ish in Panel 4.
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