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.
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“Post-Search” was originally the last four comics of “The Search.” I just split them off because I felt like having some fun with Schwartz and the Galanos brothers first. Although I still have one longer script from back when I wrote it four years ago, I’m trying to keep stories to three or four comics if possible. With only one new page a week (and hoping I can keep up that pace), I don’t want to spend too much time in one place. It’s also a challenge to myself to trim some of the fat – keep the better jokes and move the narrative along. I think the days of 22-part video game wrestling sagas and epic adventures with The Smurfs are behind us.
I’ll admit that this wasn’t the original fate I had planned for the clones. Initially, I thought I’d write them out by having them go off on a deep space mission, then one day have them inevitably return to cause more problems for the real Galanos and Schwartz. But then a couple things changed my mind. The first was that the Best-Lock ships fall apart if you as much as exhale on them, and photographing them was an immeasurably frustrating experience. There was no way I wanted to shoot another story with those ships (as cool as they looked), let alone try to keep them assembled in storage or go through the frustration of trying to build them again. I suppose my annoyance with the ships came out in what happened to them in the story, which is meant to be a darkly humorous meta moment. The other factor, perhaps more important, was the fact that the clones were intended as a slightly distorted but still recognizable reflection of our heroes, an alternate take on the paths they could take. And the idea of experiencing the death of your clones (perhaps akin to experiencing the death of a twin in the real world?) eerily hits too close to home.
Anyway, that’s the end of “Bootlegs,” the longest story I’ve ever done. Geez, it lasted five months?! I’ll probably try to keep the stories a little shorter in the future, but no promises. I did make an effort to include a lot of characters and locations in this one so it felt a little more varied than other longer stories I’ve told. Next up is a short visit with the Space Police, and then we begin “The Search.”
- This is not an official LEGO comic. This is a tribute. Nor is it related to Best-Lock.
Just curious: What webcomics do all of you read besides this one?
Although this comic was written a long time ago, a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Tapestry” that I watched this week echoed the feel I was going for here. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen what I think is one of the best episodes of that series, but there’s a scene where Picard gets to see what it would be like if someone else was the captain of the Enterprise and he was stuck at a lower rank doing menial, safe jobs. Pretty haunting, frustrating and even chilling. In the case of Schwartz and Galanos, they’ve always been those guys stuck with a lot of the menial jobs. Pays to have some initiative and drive sometimes, doesn’t it? And you certainly wouldn’t want to see yourself eclipse yourself!
The Blacktron ship belongs to Lt. Verwaand, of course, and was shot into space with the Hooting Space Monkey attached by Commander Valkyrie.
So, April 1 came and went without me trying to get one over on you or make you go, “WTF?!” I considered various options, but ultimately decided the whole “I’ve been fired from the comic!” storyline a couple of months ago was more than enough. At least for this year.
Isn’t that the way? The more money an employee makes a company, the higher the tolerance there is for any oddities in that employee’s behavior. It’s all about the bottom line!
Please bear with us as we deal with these technical difficulties.
- The Management
- This is not an official LEGO comic.
I was excited when LEGO introduced the Classic Space shirt minifigure torso in 2009 (the 30th anniversary of Classic Space), because it was such a great callback to a legendary theme from the past. But I couldn’t help notice that my favorite Classic Space minifig was missing from the design. I was sure Schwartz wouldn’t miss that either, and would bring it up in the most uncomfortable of ways!
Another year, another 100 comics or so. Of course, the big deal in 2011 was getting my own site up and running. I’m not going to get too detailed about which stories you’ll see in the coming year, since I invariably fall behind or go in different directions. But more than ever, I’m sticking to my outline of the stories that need to happen to further the overall plot. After “Bootlegs,” which is a longer story, comes “The Search,” a story that I’ve been hinting at for awhile. After that, we’ll see…