Captain Kirk has a reputation as a ladies’ man, but I always felt (and I think it’s there if you watch the show) that he was more of a romantic. This is a LEGO custom minifigure I got from… somewhere I can’t remember.
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Originally, a bowl of rainbow sherbert – the food of the gods – was to star in the part of Meteor Madness ice cream (and it still did, technically). But there were two problems with that. First of all, the bright purple, green and orange of the sherbert in its natural state didn’t photograph well, looking washed out and bland. It also wasn’t consistent with the bright purple popsicles that I’ve used to depict Meteor Madness ice cream previously. So the sherbert got a quick purple makeover, complete with toxic-looking and inexplicable blue and green highlights. It’s also worth mentioning how difficult it is to shoot a comic strip with my cat around once food of any kind appears on the table. Commander Schwartz and Captain Kirk were constantly menaced by a giant housecat who wanted their ice cream during the making of this comic. I hope they didn’t end up eating any cat hair! Here’s a photo showing that my cat was already up to no good even before I brought out the sherbert…
And yes, I did thoroughly enjoying eating that large bowl of sherbert as I photographed the comic! Sadly, I did not end up in the MEGO Toys dimension.
There are references to four classic Star Trek episodes in this comic. Can you name them?
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I love the classic, bug-eyed Gorn just as they were. One showed up years later on an Enterprise episode, but there were three major problems: It was way too limber; the eyes were all wrong; and it was the crap-crap-crappiest CGI they could manage. The Gorn almost appeared in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and they would have looked even worse! No, Star Trek designers! Stop messing with perfection and just accept the original Gorn in all their lumbering, Cheetah-print, silvery fly-eyeball glory!
This goes ALL the way back to “Satan in the Shadows,” in which it was revealed that Captain Kirk, William Shatner specifcally, is Commander Schwartz’s hero. It makes sense, right? (He’s also mine!)
These toys are the classic MEGO Captain Kirk and Enterprise Bridge, the re-releases by Diamond Select Toys, anyway. They’re hella fun and the design of the Enterprise playset is delightfully wacky. This Captain Kirk toy was also a favorite guest star of mine on Twisted Toyfare Theater back in the day, if anyone remembers Toyfare magazine. That feature was a predecessor to Robot Chicken.
Oh man, 500 comics. In a way, I hope this comic doesn’t get to a thousand because I pray I can wrap up all the MANY dangling storylines by then. But the truth is I love making comics and always have. (I used to draw them, which I’m no longer as good at, but found I like utilizing photography even more.) When I take, say, a four-year break, I feel like I’m missing a creative outlet in my life. So maybe continuing indefinitely with SPACE: The Comic, even if it takes eons to tell, isn’t such a bad thing.
As I mentioned last week, the 500th comic is actually five comics. It was TOO BIG TO CONTAIN IN ONE COMIC! lol “Seeing Red” and the fates of Red and Captain Dash will continue immediately after “500″ concludes. You know, this storyline really could just have been called “Meteor Madness III.”
The, um, new version of Schwartz you see at the end is a custom action figure I assembled using parts from Dr. Mego’s Repros, Classic TV Toys, old G.I. Joe air tanks I found on eBay, and a sticker sheet from LEGO’s Mars Mission series.
Thanks for sticking around for 500 comics, everyone! Here’s to… more!
I wrote this comic a few years ago, back before bathrooms became a huge topic in the news. This isn’t intended as a joke about that, but rather mocks one of my usual targets – bureaucracy.
Lawrence Welk hasn’t been seen around these parts for a long time, and Schwartz would have preferred it stayed that way! Since the character last appeared, LEGO produced a hairpiece that much more resembled the real person, so I used that for his brief appearance here. I wrote a short story based on Welk’s first appearance in SPACE: The Comic. It has received some consideration but is always ultimately rejected. It’s probably just too weird and specfiic. But I keep trying. It makes ME laugh, anyway.
A brick comic maker’s dilemma: Use LEGO for all sets or let your characters mingle among non-brick objects? Aside from the characters, ships, some buildings and occasional other set pieces, I definitely fall in the latter category. I commonly shoot in front of a TV or computer screen (not always successful, but it does add a nice glow). And I really enjoy creating settings out of other household objects, such as my wife’s mermaid blanket and a frisbee in this comic. On one hand, it is a little weird to see brick characters and ships among objects that are from a non-brick-based universe. lol But on the other hand, it does fit the nature of a comic starring toys, and the ways kids play with them around the house – on the kitchen table, on top of a bed, in the backyard, etc. I freely admit that I don’t always take the time to create elaborate sets and instead go for what will allow me to complete the comic in a timely manner. I don’t mind letting expressionism supersede detail or realism. But I’m fond of the look of my pages that ditch the computer/TV screen in favor of a cardboard backdrop of stars and other objects that suggest environment. And of course, the most important thing to me is manipulating the minifigures in ways that convey emotion despite being fairly limited and static. I want it all to feel alive, you know?
Ah, Schwartz and Galanos. Revisiting these guys is like hanging out with old friends. More than that, for me. I’m not sure if I’ve ever admitted this publicly before, but these two guys are very much different sides of my personality. That’s why writing their dialogue feels so natural to me. Schwartz’s laziness, perversion, dedication to pleasure, fierce anger at things that annoy him, frustration with authority, and somewhat cruel joy of getting a rise out of others are all totally me. But Galanos’ thoughtfulness, dedication to doing the right thing, fussiness, awkwardness and anxieties are all me, as well. These sides are very much in conflict. Galanos is very much my EGO, and Schwartz my ID. So when you read this comic, you’re basically watching me have a conversation with myself!
This comic (and the next one) have perhaps a slightly higher quotient of double entendres and raunchiness than usual, but hey, it’s been awhile. There’s a lot to get out.
One big change since I last was active with the comic – Yesterday was my first anniversary. Yup, I got married on April 1st!
One of my fondest memories of Sesame Street is the Martians or Yips Yips, as I’ve seen them alternatively called. There was something both lovable and creepy about these googly-eyed, big-mouthed aliens, just like so much else on Sesame Street. The blue and pink fuzzy Martians would hover into some empty room of a house on their mission of discovery and immediately try to make first contact with some inanimate “Earthling” like a grandfather clock or a radio. Although they mostly talked in strange utterances like “Yip yip” and “Uh huh Uh Huh,” they would usually whip out a guide book in an effort to identify the “creature” they found and speak with it. I think one of the funniest and most surreal moments is when they mistake a house phone for in sequence a cow, a cat and a chicken and then try holding a conversation by respectively mooing, meowing and clucking. These segments of the show usually gave me the unsettling impression that some kid like me had just left the room to grab a popsicle or something before these aliens had suddenly appeared at the window and invaded the living room. If you have no clue as to what I’m yammering about, go check out the Yips Yips HERE and HERE. By the way, the Yip Yips featured in this comic are homemade refrigerator magnets I bought on eBay a couple of years ago. (Unfortunately, they no longer seem to be available as I type this.) That’s how long I’ve had this particular comic in mind.