First of all, “Back in the Black” is not over, and will resume shortly. Today’s comic is a bonus edition (first time I’ve posted two pages in a week since I returned!) and a prelude to Sunday’s comic, which is a really special, timely installment that I can’t wait for you to see. “At the Moo-vies” is an idea I’ve had for a long time, that Schwartz and Galanos would talk about movies and show scenes from them, just like the old Siskel and Ebert “At the Movies” program from years ago. However, the scenes would usually be skewed from what you remember. I kind of introduced this idea awhile back with Galanos alone talking about a Rancor monster, but this will be the first time you see the feature as I intended. Check back on Sunday!
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What’s next for Commander Valkyrie? You’ll find out in the New Year when I post the final act of “Back in the Black.” Until then, we’re going to take a break to visit a couple other corners of the SPACE: The Comic universe.
All I’ll say about the genesis of this comic is that cats often don’t take the hint when you need some privacy. They’re in the spot they’ve chosen, and they’re STAYING.
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.
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?
I had a plan to get my cat to participate in photographing last week’s comic, “Autumn Getaway,” by bribing her with treats to jump up on the table and mess with Schwartz. However, the moment I set Schwartz’s house on the table, she jumped and, without any bribes, immediately played the role I had envisioned for her in my head – terrorizing poor Schwartz. I guess I know my cat well!
When shooting this week’s comic, I placed my television flat on its back with a Star Wars movie on pause in order to capture the spaceship scenes. Soon after, this happened:
Cats + LEGOs are always a challenge!
Commander Schwartz recently accompanied my wife and I on a pleasureable weekend/birthday getaway to the country. What was a relaxing couple days of apple-picking, hiking and winery meandering for us was unfortunately a harrowing sojourn for our little leading man! And then at home, we have his nemesis, our very own “Meowthra!”