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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Narbonic


Webcomic URL: http://www.narbonic.com/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.webcomicsnation.com/rss.php?

Artist/Author: Shaenon K. Garrity
Updates: Daily (reruns)

"Narbonic is a hand-drawn strip (made without benefit of computer assistance even in the shading and lettering) in the traditional American four panel newspaper cartoon strip style. Its adventures focus on Helen Beta Narbon, the clone child of renowned evil Mad Scientist Doctor Helen Narbon, her Evil Intern Mell, and Dave Davenport, a computer scientist, programmer and engineer hired out of college to be the lab technician, and a super intelligent gerbil named RT-5478 (or "Artie") that Helen created as an experiment.

The strip uses the Mad Scientist trope as its premise... The insane, pseudoscientific inventions and experiments that Helen Narbon (or her nemesis and romantic crush Dr. Lupin Madblood) concoct become the springboards for plotlines as the Narbonics Labs staff tries to deal with the consequences. These can range from a revolution fomented by insane gerbils to Helen's mother vaporizing Dave with one of Helen's own death rays to fighting off the legions of Hell during a sleepover.

Narbonic remains essentially whimsical and appropriate for any teenager and most children... [using] artistic freedom to explore its own artistic, literary and humorous choices without fear of censure."

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narbonic

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