A friend pointed me to the cartoon Narbonic, whose archives are open for free this week, and suggested that I check it out starting from the beginning. I’m going to lose the rest of the afternoon to the archives. I knew I was hooked when I hit the week (probably a couple of months in) where the evil scientist Helen Narbon is being pursued by ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST for abuse of language in her manifesto. How can you resist a strip with lines like “11:33 AM, Eastern Standard. Once again I find myself scaling the face of a building, in pursuit of a mad scientist bent on world domination. And I’ve got the relevant text to prove it.”, from Smith, or on the part of Narbon, “You never think you’ll get a hero, and when you do the place is a mess. I’m going to scrub the toilet.” Hee! Thanks for the pointer, E!

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