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Thanks, James! This list is exactly as James sent it to me, illustrations and all. If you have any additional helpful signs of hench-dom to add, say it in the comments.

Meanwhile, Jim Crider was kind enough to purchase the original art for a strip and send me a photo of the artwork all framed and hung. WARNING: STRIP CONTAINS SPOILERS. ACTUALLY IN THE STRIP. BECAUSE IT'S FROM THE FUTURE.

Writes Jim, "Yes, the whiteboard says Sawzilla is on Indefinite Hold. Tragic. Sawzilla is a very large cable saw that, when completed, will be able to cut through Really Big Things underwater. In its present form, it's gone through a 4-foot diameter steel pipe. And yes, a quote from Miracle Max."

This is as good a time as any to note that the commentary-free version of the Narbonic archives has a little PayPal button set up under each strip that's still available for purchase, to take all the guesswork out of acquiring Narbonic art. Because I'm thoughtful that way.

Leon Arnott (l) says: You might be a henchman if you've found yourself in deep conversation with a copy of yourself... TWICE.

(The third time's removed for spoiler purposes.)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Think We're Alone Now", Tommy James & The Shondells)

I am employed,
I'm working for Evil Science!
But I've not enjoyed
The things that I've done!
For instance ..

Moving bodies, closing my eyes!
Lifting objects fifty times my size!
Blamed for atrocities I didn't do!
And when I'm writing down your "BWA-HA-HA",
It's then I realize, and say to you,

    I think I'm a henchman!
    I fought a robot horde, and a demon at-tack!
    I think I'm a henchman!
    You're working me to death, but you'll bring me ba-ack!

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Wow, it looks like Jim's whiteboard gets about as much real use as mine.  Mine has Dilbert magnet figures and a quote from Penn Jillette.

Jim Crider (autojim) says:

Diane - Actually, I deliberately left off the very long list of project names and charge numbers that exists in the middle of the whiteboard, and the right side's sketching space for Applied Mad Science. There's a little bit of same in the lower left corner. And no, I'm not saying what it is.

Jim Crider (autojim) says:

So I buy this strip. And Shaenon sends it in a lovely Tyvek envelope with a cardboard stiffener and a thank-you note and Artie on the front and Dave on the back of the Tyvek envelope, and in my email telling her it arrived safely, I ask... "Is that acid-free Tyvek?"

Because, you know, it must be preserved. And so it is. Explaining it to the framer... another problem entirely. :)

George Harris (bullcityfats) says:

Going back to the Alien v Predator bit, Dave probably recognizes the concept from the Dark Horse comics from 1991, and the video game from 1999.

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