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.
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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?
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!
Get it? Walker is going back into the pain party for more “punch.” HA! I slay me.
For reasons probably best explored in an essay when I’m more awake, Space: The Comic seems to be very pro-S&M.
The asteroid costume reminds me (and I only recall this now) of a pumpkin costume my grandmother made for me on one of my earliest Halloweens. I was round, orange and stuffed with paper. She took me to some harvest festival and we sat down on the grass for storytime, where I promptly rolled over, being round and all. I pleaded with her honestly that I couldn’t get up, but she shushed me and told me to stop fooling around. Even then I appreciated the humor of the situation and just kind of sighed as I settled in to enjoy communal storytime from a sideways position.
Taking pictures for this storyline has been slow-going, but it has been cool to work with characters that haven’t received much attention in awhile, like Walker and the ever-disturbing Masoch.
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.”