Know how dumb I am? I’ve been using Schwartz’s house in the comic for, what, nearly a decade? Only now did I realize that its colors match its owner (especially when Schwartz wears his red and black Classic Space jacket)! It happened by accident. I wanted the LEGO Weekend Home set (#6370) from 1981 but it was a little expensive. So I just went to Bricklink and bought the parts I needed to build it. I ended up choosing black bricks instead of the original set’s blue parts, probably because it was cheaper, I could get all the bricks at one store, and I thought it looked better. Then I constructed it on a lunar baseplate and had a good chuckle at a suburban house sitting on the moon. Schwartz matching his house (he does normally have red in his Space logo, too) was pure serendipity.
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There are several characters not included in this comic. Most of them were either featured recently or will be featured soon. I just wanted to touch base with some familiar faces, many who have not been spotted since before the comic went on hiatus!
Buying LEGO Friends sets is definitely something I do exclusively for this comic. Although I have to admit I’ve always had a fascination with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Gunwallace over on Drunk Duck (this comic’s original home) composed and performed a theme song for SPACE: The Comic, as featured in a recent Quackcast! It’s a complete surprise and huge honor, and I’m thrilled to say Gunwallace captured exactly the kind of upbeat electronic theme I’d envision for the comic. Gunwallace, by the way, has created comics using Playmobil figures, which of course is right in my realm. You can hear the theme at 4m50s into the podcast here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-333-retcon-the-retcon
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.
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.