“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.
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Lawrence Welk hasn’t been seen around these parts for a long time, and Schwartz would have preferred it stayed that way! Since the character last appeared, LEGO produced a hairpiece that much more resembled the real person, so I used that for his brief appearance here. I wrote a short story based on Welk’s first appearance in SPACE: The Comic. It has received some consideration but is always ultimately rejected. It’s probably just too weird and specfiic. But I keep trying. It makes ME laugh, anyway.
A brick comic maker’s dilemma: Use LEGO for all sets or let your characters mingle among non-brick objects? Aside from the characters, ships, some buildings and occasional other set pieces, I definitely fall in the latter category. I commonly shoot in front of a TV or computer screen (not always successful, but it does add a nice glow). And I really enjoy creating settings out of other household objects, such as my wife’s mermaid blanket and a frisbee in this comic. On one hand, it is a little weird to see brick characters and ships among objects that are from a non-brick-based universe. lol But on the other hand, it does fit the nature of a comic starring toys, and the ways kids play with them around the house – on the kitchen table, on top of a bed, in the backyard, etc. I freely admit that I don’t always take the time to create elaborate sets and instead go for what will allow me to complete the comic in a timely manner. I don’t mind letting expressionism supersede detail or realism. But I’m fond of the look of my pages that ditch the computer/TV screen in favor of a cardboard backdrop of stars and other objects that suggest environment. And of course, the most important thing to me is manipulating the minifigures in ways that convey emotion despite being fairly limited and static. I want it all to feel alive, you know?
Ah, Schwartz and Galanos. Revisiting these guys is like hanging out with old friends. More than that, for me. I’m not sure if I’ve ever admitted this publicly before, but these two guys are very much different sides of my personality. That’s why writing their dialogue feels so natural to me. Schwartz’s laziness, perversion, dedication to pleasure, fierce anger at things that annoy him, frustration with authority, and somewhat cruel joy of getting a rise out of others are all totally me. But Galanos’ thoughtfulness, dedication to doing the right thing, fussiness, awkwardness and anxieties are all me, as well. These sides are very much in conflict. Galanos is very much my EGO, and Schwartz my ID. So when you read this comic, you’re basically watching me have a conversation with myself!
This comic (and the next one) have perhaps a slightly higher quotient of double entendres and raunchiness than usual, but hey, it’s been awhile. There’s a lot to get out.
One big change since I last was active with the comic – Yesterday was my first anniversary. Yup, I got married on April 1st!
I just had to fix the great injustice of Roland Galanos wiping out Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in Iron Man from history!
I don’t think a LEGO Iron Man figure existed back when I introduced this story, so that was a fortunate development in the years since the comic sunk into limbo.
I always felt kind of bad that Ronald hit poor Alanis with a fish back in “Lunch Time.” So she finally got her revenge by kicking him down the stairs (even if it only happened in Ronald’s outrageous lies).
That is a reflection of my hands forming a serendipitous (unplanned) heart behind Robert and Alanis as they embrace. Isn’t that sweet?
There are actually a few strips left in the long-running “The Search” storyline, but I decided to divide them into a separate epilogue in order to give you a peek into what’s been happening at The Hamburger Hatch…
AWESOME news this past week! The sequel to “The LEGO Movie” will be a musical… set in SPACE! I of course wonder if LEGO will delve back into Classic Space for the film, seeing as they already introduced Benny and his “SPACESHIP!” in the first installment.
It’s funny when I think back to 2008, when this comic began. My idea was to create a story for the classic LEGO Space sets, which were released in a time when The LEGO Group presented most of their building sets with little context and let kids’ imagination fill in the blanks. This comic was just my (adult) take on it. And when this comic was created, those classic Space sets were pretty much just a nostalgic memory for most people. Today, LEGO has homaged and referred to Classic Space so many times, and possibly will now feature it in a new film, that I feel like I’m creating fan fiction more than ever. But although this comic clearly features classic LEGO sets, I like to think that the characters, stories and humor stand on their own!
So, there have been a couple little LEGO movies during my hiatus from the comic. I was thrilled to see classic Lego Space get some love via Benny and his “SPACESHIP!” Even if it means people reading this comic will now think of Benny whenever they see Ronald Galanos. lol
First of all, don’t get too excited. Just as it’s been the last few years, I don’t have the time to create this comic at the rate I did almost a decade (!) ago. What I did realize is that I miss having the comic in my life, and I miss sharing it with the people who enjoy it. (Some still pine for it, which was a huge factor in creating today’s strip. I couldn’t leave the Gemini twins hanging in mortal peril much longer, either, could I?) I would also love to one day, MAYBE, actually wrap up a storyline or two. It would be nice to complete a new comic once in awhile, maybe once every couple of weeks, maybe once a month, who knows? Let’s just see what happens.
In the meantime, I’ve worked hard on my fiction writing and managed to sell a few short stories. One of them actually stars Commander Schwartz himself, and it’s the prose version of “Stuck On Mars.” If you’d like to read it (and many other fine stories), it can be found on Amazon in “Jouth Anthology: The Fantastic Flying Saucer Stories” RIGHT HERE.
Anyway, it’s nice to see you again. How’s life been treating you?