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And here I pimp the hell out of Li'l Mell, which is, against all odds, still chugging away over on Girlamatic. I'm drawing the current storyline, but past installments have been drawn by Vera, Bill Mudron, Andrew Farago, Andrew Richard, and Neil Babra. It makes me no money and has a readership of about twelve people, so the only reason I keep writing and drawing it is that I love it so much.

SPOILERS: The first Li'l Mell storyline features Artie in human form, something that would not appear in Narbonic for another two years. The final weeks of Narbonic and the bonus story in Narbonic Volume 6 kind of explain how he ended up in Li'l Mell. I can't believe I kept his identity secret for as long as I did. Sometimes I'm pretty great.

The line about moving Trunktown to print refers to the fact that, around this time, Tom Hart had lined up a print publisher for the strip. Alas, it fell through or got pushed onto the back burner or something, and so far there has been no print Trunktown. Which is too bad, because it'd look really snazzy.

11 comments:
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says:

HEY!  I love Li'l Mell!  OK, so I don't comment much.

Also, I still have distant hopes for a print Trunktown.  I heart Hart, and Trunktown was an excellent colab.  

W o o d (wood) says: I"m pretty sure I saw some pages of Trunktown printed in a french anthology, a few years ago. I think it was called "Malleville" and published by some micro-publisher. Must have seen it at the Angulême Festival, but I don't remember what year it was.
Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says: Make that "a readership of about thirteen people" now. ;)  I started to read it once before (got side-tracked & put it down for a while) and liked it, but now that I know it's Artie, I'm enjoying it on a whole new level! ^^
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Wood: Yes, the French thing did happen! Also, as will be mentioned in a later Sunday feature, an excerpt was published in a Free Comic Book day comic that got a retailer arrested because one of the other excepts included pictures of a naked Pablo Picasso.
nemryn (nemryn) says: Hmm. Could the tour guide from 'The Horror of Rukavina Caverns' be a young Dr. Lee?
Sean Kinlin (seaking) says: The funny thing is, I started reading L'il Mell, and everything else on Girlamatic, when the site first launched, and I was already reading Trunktown, but I had not yet checked out Narbonic or Modern Tales.  It was later in 2003 that someone gave me the first Narbonic collection and I realized the error of my ways...
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: And the count goes up to 15....
Linda Shaver-Gleason (forty-two) says: I think I was counted as one of the twelve, but if not, I make 16. I loved going back over Artie's lines in "Li'l Mell" once his identity was revealed; some were brilliant double entendres.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: http://girlamatic.com/mell/2000/01/01/page-seven/ by the way, for Artie's appearance.
Mitchell Lord (mitchelltf) says:

I just really, really ohpe that Li'l Mel updates again!

Tyler Wright (tylgar) says:

Geez, I read all of Little Mell after I'd read the entire normal run of Narbonic, and I didn't even notice that was who the teacher was.  Good job, Shaenon!

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