When I heard about Elon Musk and SpaceX launching a Tesla roadster “driven” by an astronaut dummy into outer space, I was torn between finding it awesome and inane. On one hand, Starman has a “DON’T PANIC!” sign on the dashboard, which is a complete nerdgasm for me. On the other hand, Starman could potentially become a “biothreat” to Mars one day, which is certainly a downer. But in the end, it took me right back to the opening scene of the film “Heavy Metal,” and there is very little that’s more badass than that! The launch of Starman certainly seemed like something of which Commander Schwartz would approve.
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So Thorsos has an even larger (and messier) reason to hate Commander Schwartz! If only he knew….
I wonder how hard it will be for Thorsos to get that chocolate sauce off his windshield?
First of all, I want to apologize. I want to apologize for the obsession I seem to have with the poop bag in Commander Schwartz’s ship. It first surfaced in my short-lived Space Audiobooks project, debuting in the long-form adaptation of “Stuck On Mars.” Then I somehow actually sold a short story about it to a science fiction magazine. And now here the poop bag is for you to see in all it burbly, brown glory. All I can offer is that I find the idea of Schwartz being forced to carry around a sack of his own crap deeply hilarious. Hopefully, this is a cautionary tale and may YOU never find yourself in the same situation. It’s a public service that I’m offering here.
That Walking Astro Grappler (#6882) just cracks me up every time I look at it. It captures that Classic LEGO Space aesthetic that toes the line between goofy and cool. It’s actually a cleverly designed set. The upright cockpit is unique and the swiveling walking mechanism is a lot of fun. I want to do more with the Walking Astro Grappler in the comic at some point, but decided it would be a fun cameo here.
YOU MUST BREAKDANCE!
Continuing the 10th Anniversary of SPACE: The Comic party, this comic follows up on the very first time we saw Commander Schwartz, in the second page I ever posted. Helpfully, I’ve gone back and added “Part 1″ to the now first installment of “Stuck On Mars…”
Ten years ago today – TEN YEARS! – I dug out the LEGO Blacktron Invader I had kept since childhood (still in opened box) and the Blacktron II Allied Avenger I had recently purchased in my new quest to obtain some of the classic LEGO Space sets I had always wished I owned. I thought it would be fun to create a little comic strip with them and post it online for the enjoyment of everyone who had fond memories of the old LEGO Space themes like I did. And admittedly, I thought that if I could keep the comics going for awhile, I could create a story connecting those classic sets that LEGO had never provided (preferring to let kids use their imaginations, I assume). I posted the comic on Drunk Duck (long before I had my own website), which still exists to this day! You can still go back and see the original comments I received! The very next day, I posted the first comic starring Commander Schwartz and I was hooked. Little did I know that a whole decade later (minus four dormant years and one that was almost dormant), I’d still be creating this comic – and having a blast doing so.
SPACE: The Comic (aka Lego Space) has never had a huge following, just a handful of regular readers who have been very supportive. Sometimes I feel like I’m toiling in anonymity. But I came to peace a while ago with the fact that I create this comic because I love the characters, I enjoy telling the story, and it’s very satisfying to create and share it. Anyone else who likes it is icing on the cake, and I am very grateful to you for your comments and interaction over the years. There’s still a long way to go in completing the many storylines I’ve started – and I do have it mostly plotted out. I just want to enjoy the ride and the creative outlet it provides.
The very first comic was called “Blacktron, ‘New and Improved,’” and introduced the rivalry between Commander Valkyrie and Lt. Verwaand. Today’s comic is kind of a sequel and stylistic remake of that page, piled on with twists and elements of the 500+ comics that have come since. I enjoyed revisiting the beginning, and might even do that one more time in the next comic…
Thank you for all your support over the past 10 years, including the readers who have surely moved on and forgotten this comic exists. I’m glad to be back – it’s been almost a year now and I’ve managed to do a weekly comic! Here’s to another 10 years, maybe?! Oh, lord…
And now you know what happened to the Star Hawk I.
The Ash and Carrie minifigures are of course not official LEGO products, but their quality surpassed what I expected. I bought them at a toy show, but you can usually find them on eBay, as well.
Yeah, I bought that ship piece-by-piece on Bricklink like I said I might. lol And Unitron has suddenly become a larger presence than they ever have, or than I ever expected them to be, in the comic.
Although “N-POP Girl” appears in this comic, I ASSURE you this is not a lost scene from The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
And yes, it’s someone we know who happens to look a bit like her…
I thought it was pretty neat that LEGO retroactively added Classic Space and Futuron astronauts in the color green. The original Classic Space-style astronauts turned up in the fan-designed “Exo Suit (#21109)” set in 2014, and the green Futuron astronaut appeared in the 2015 “City Square (#60097)” set of all places. They aren’t perfect recreations. The astronauts in the Exo Suit set of course have the newer-style helmet, and the Futuron uniform has extra detail that wasn’t present on the original. Still, they’re cool additions. But since they aren’t “authentic” to the original spacemen, I decided to give them a slight twist in the comic. You’ll of course learn more about what the heck is going on here at some point…