I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the jet pack astronaut I use for Red is a figure I actually had during my childhood. Sadly, I noticed while photographing this comic that one of her arms had split, a common ailment in old LEGO minifigures. So, after a quick replacement, Red is now MOSTLY my original figure. BTW, Red once chastised me, the author, for not giving her more to do in the comic. Hopefully, this storyline will finally address that!
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And that’s the end of the overall “The Search” arc, a story that began a whopping five years ago! Next up is a tale that I had a hell of a fun time shooting. We’re also perilously close to the 500th comic…
Only after I completed this comic did I realize that I had forgotten to include Masoch’s robot, Slave-2, who vanished after appearing early in “The Search.” I guess I can rationalize it as Slave-2 being off-panel with Mascoh’s ship somewhere!
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.
“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.
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?