I’m almost always entertained by wordplay and robot jokes.
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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
Valkyrie’s been laying low from her usual criminal career due to threats from her fellow Blacktron pirates, so I figured that had to be driving her law enforcement pursuer, Officer Freundlich, nuts. Freundlich’s quest to capture Valkyrie hasn’t been depicted in a long time, and in reading back through their previous comics, I realized I had actually shown Valkyrie displaying her face to the guy who was after her! D’OH! This kind of conflicted with later comics in which she was very concerned about anyone seeing her face, or at least connecting her visage to the notorious Commander Valkyrie. The facial distortion field in Blacktron helmets is absolutely a retroactive fix, but I also liked the idea. And Valkyrie is the kind of person who would take a chance like that for the thrill, and to taunt an opponent she was also trying to briefly distract with her flirtations in that particular story. When the comic started, both Schwartz and the reader assumed that Valkyrie was a man, until the dramatic reveal. I’ve settled on her gender perhaps not being known by everyone, but not a secret either.
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…
Discussion topic: What other LEGO comics do you like to read besides this one?
Blacktron was the first Lego Space theme to present a group of astronauts that were not the classic space agency. Blacktron were the villains of the Lego Space saga, made obvious by their choice of jet black spacesuits, vehicles and bases. Lego later produced Blacktron II, a series which had some really cool designs. The new Blacktron outfits seemed a little too colorful, though, and not very menacing.
Looking back at this first comic, it’s funny to think that it was just meant as a joke about ships with separable cockpits. All the winding storylines and most of the characters hadn’t been thought of yet. The only planning I had done was an outline for the story “Meteor Madness,” which was originally intended to be the debut adventure. I decided, however, that it was too complex for me to handle right out the gate. Instead, I started with some quicker comics that would introduce the characters.
Also, looking back, I see how I’ve improved. The photography is (mostly) better. It took me awhile, but I eventually figured out how to use anti-alias in my paint program to smooth out the lines in the speech balloons. In the first few comics I also had a problem with the placement and size of the panels, until someone told me that the layout tended to cause the reader to view the word balloons in the wrong order. I think at some point I’ll go back and correct these problems, especially if I do a print edition of the comics.
-This is not an official Lego comic. This is a tribute.
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