At this stage in the game, I try to resist the urge to keep introducing new characters. I already have so many with ongoing storylines and I’d like to wrap a few up some day. But when I put the silly N-POP Girl head on a Blacktron II body, I just had to do something with the character. I also realized that the only named Blacktron II characters were The Commodore and Lt. Verwaand, and I could use at least one more to match the three main Blacktron I characters. So I introduced Ensign Marrón, a potentially ruthless yet bubbly corporate go-getter. I think Marrón will fit easily into some stories I already have planned.
Archive for ‘Doctor Doug’
Valkyrie and Schwartz’s date in Scotland took an unexpected turn when it evolved into a smackdown between Nessie and a UFO, filmed by the DACTA news agency and viewed across the cosmos. It’s a long story. But you can read it starting here: http://spacethecomic.com/?p=465
Fall Back! It’s that time of the year again to set our clocks back, but there is one huge flaw in this system – Pets do not honor Daylight Saving Time! Try telling your cat or dog that their usual routine of pestering you at 6:30 a.m. until you get up and feed them is now at 5:30 a.m., and they need to chill for an hour while you pretend to have the power to change the planet’s rotation. My cat, at least, is not having it. I am a wee bit tired as I post these comments. So much for benefitting from that extra hour of sleep!
I just can’t seem to get The Commodore’s outfit correct. He’s supposed to be a standard Blacktron II minifigure, but with a rocketpack. In his early appearances, I mistakenly used a figure with white instead of black arms. I intended to correct that in this storyline, then ended up using a figure that had all-white legs instead of the normal white-legs-with-black-crotch style of Blacktron II. The reason for these mistakes is twofold: Part of it is my occasional lack of attention toward detail as I set up scenes with multiple characters and ships, and try to get my photographs completed as quickly as possible. The other problem is Bricklick sellers who are sloppy with their products. (Bricklink, if you don’t know, is a great website for purchasing LEGO parts and sets from sellers around the world.) In both cases with The Commodore, I bought Blacktron II figures from sellers who claimed they were complete and accurate, and the figures ended up having the wrong parts. I’ve had many great experiences on Bricklink and I realize LEGO is a tough product to sell loose because it involves so many small parts, but this happens far too often (frequently with parts being missing). Some Bricklink sellers need to be more careful. As for an in-story reason for The Commodore’s different outfits, I just assume he likes to change up his style a bit and be special.
The Lost Ship of the Desert is one of my favorite urban legends. To quote Wikipedia:
The Lost Ship of the Desert is the subject of legends about various historical maritime vessels having supposedly become stranded and subsequently lost in the deserts of the American Southwest, most commonly in California’s Colorado Desert. Since the period following the American Civil War, stories about Spanish treasure galleons buried beneath the desert sands north of the Gulf of California have emerged as popular legends in American folklore… The Galleon, according to old timers, is now under the waters of the modern Salton Sea.
It’s such a striking image, isn’t it?
Had one unexpected comic in my head to add to this storyline. More Masoch is a good thing, right? Next up is the final comic of the year, as we resume “Bootlegs.”
The “Anastar Ruby” is actually one of those little plastic sprues that some LEGO pieces used to come attached to. This particular one held together the trans-red discs for my Blacktron Invader.
Masoch noticing Valkyrie’s hair (if not her name) might seem like an error on my part, but I assure you it’s not…
What’s this, a sports-related joke from me? Mark down this day, because it’ll probably never happen again. If you don’t know the whole Pete Rose saga, Wikipedia sums it up.
While preparing this year’s Christmas comic, I realized it was way too long and would work better as three comics. So, what that means is you’ll get daily comics for Dec. 23, 24 and 25 – sort of like a shorter version of the Advent Calendar I did a few years back! After that it’s back to “Bootlegs.” I hope I don’t confuse anyone too much by sticking four unrelated comics in the middle of it.
Now, onto another matter… I was glancing over at the site for fellow webcomic “12 Men Died Making This Strip,” of which I’ve always been supportive, and came across this post from the author, Tim. In it, he has the nerve to blast me and my comic on several points! See his points and my rebuttals below:
- He says I am “weak” and that he can destroy me quickly.
- Me and my 100% authentic reproduction of Connor MacLeod’s katana from the Highlander franchise say otherwise. If you are speaking purely of words and wit, I ask this – Of the two of us in this feud who studied writing in college, who is actually doing it for a living? (The fact that the writing is contained to soulless corporate press releases shall not enter into it!)
- He complains that I get traffic to my website through Reddit and LEGO bulletin boards.
- I merely know how to whore myself out properly. My LEGO brothers and sisters understand me. And Reddit is purely a hit-generating machine, MWAHAHAHAHA!!!! (Note: If you are from Reddit and reading this, Hi, I love you!)
- He says my taste in music is horrible.
As I sit here listening to Queen. Tim, I know you could never lie and say you aren’t a complete Queen junkie, lest the enraged spirit of Freddie Mercury descend shrieking and drag your betraying carcass into a temporal plane where you will be eternally subjected to nothing but Hot Space.
- He scoffs at my characters having almost completely expressionless faces (disregarding this being the fault of the LEGO medium).
- There are many shades of perpetual smile: happy smile, conniving smile, uncomfortable smile, etc. That classic LEGO smile has more expressions than you ever dreamed possible.
Not to mention, “12 Men Died” isn’t even alive at the moment, limited to random pictures of squirrels and stick figures while you go about your George Lucasian task of remastering all 12 of your previous strips.
To you, Sir, I toss back at you this image of your own creation to sum up my feelings on the matter:
Suck on that. And Merry Christmas.