Sometimes it’s hard to judge the size of a LEGO set based on the dimensions of its box. Modern LEGO City sets rarely appeal to me. I guess they seem… pedestrian? You could say the same about the LEGO Town sets from the 1980s that I adore, but they have the added glow of nostalgia. But for some reason the recent LEGO City Ferry (#60119) called out to me. Maybe because it’s a utilitarian vehicle that hasn’t been done that often in LEGO? Maybe it was the set’s very simplicity? Maybe it’s because I live close to New York City and ferries (at least the people kind) are a common sight? I don’t know, but I resisted for awhile and then finally found a good deal on KMart.com. Going back to my opening sentence, what surprised me was how LARGE this boat actually is. It breaks down pretty compactly in the small box, and I sometimes forget that LEGO scale has increased over the years. But yeah, this thing could nearly transport an X-Wing pretty comfortably. Large sets throw me off, actually. It’s part of why I prefer classic LEGO sets and their generally smaller size. I just don’t have the room to store and display too many large sets. I briefly got into LEGO Star Wars again recently until I realized the scale is just too large for me. The small sets from the late ’90s and early 2000s were easier to manage and, frankly, a little more fun for me to build and toy around with. I’m thrilled I finally got a LEGO Millenium Falcon (the Force Awakens version), but I hit the brakes on buying too much current stuff. I can appreciate it, and I value LEGO’s ever-improving designs, but I’m most comfortable with simplicity and petiteness. I’m not sure if I’ll keep the ferry, but it looked great in this comic, and the red sports car it came with proved incredibly useful as Starman’s Tesla Roadster!
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It didn’t hit me until after I wrote it, but I think this comic is based on an event I actually witnessed. I was walking along the beach and spotted a fisherman working on the wet sand to unhook a small, fat shark from his line. He had been out a little ways in his kayak and mistakenly caught the shark, but couldn’t safely unhook it at sea. So he brought the shark back onto the beach where he successfully removed the hook. Somehow, the fisherman avoided getting bitten. Then he scooped the shark up in his arms and ran out into the water, where he let the little beast swim off to freedom. I was both amazed at the effort made to help the shark, and a little concerned that a shark of that size could easily be hanging around where I swim.
I can certainly envision a day when the act of thinking has become known as “Mind-Googling.”
Will punching a shark on the nose really succeed in driving it away? I hope I’m never close enough to find out!
One of the pitfalls of working on a comic strip for more than a decade is the great possibility that you’ll forget what the hell you wrote like six years ago. Case in point: I was planning a Ronald/Scouse story (They share an accidental, alien-created mental collection, in case you didn’t know.) when I went back and read previous comics (Thank god!) and realized that Scouse had a whole subplot about the Island Chief asking Scouse to marry the Chief’s two daughters and stop living in sin… OR ELSE. Poor Scouse has been hanging with that dilemma for a long time, and I almost ran another story that wouldn’t even acknowledge it! So now we actually get to see how Scouse deals with this prickliest of pickles.
There are several characters not included in this comic. Most of them were either featured recently or will be featured soon. I just wanted to touch base with some familiar faces, many who have not been spotted since before the comic went on hiatus!
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…
To give you an idea of how far ahead I plan out stories, the scene of Schwartz and Galanos talking in Schwartz’s yard was shot in January 2011! Some of the sets I use repeatedly aren’t always accessible to me, so I might shoot current scenes as well as scenes I know are coming up just to have those ready and in the bank. We’re actually coming up to the end of “Bootlegs,” which is the longest story I’ve ever done.
This is finally the end of a storyline that started way back in August, back when the sun was out, the air was warm and I was relaxing on the beach when not taking photos of the Hamburger Hatch late at night or avoiding earthquakes! Granted, I took several weeks off from the comic since then. Next up is probably the most ambitious story I’ve ever done, in terms of the sheer amount of locations used. It’s a somewhat epic storyline called “Bootlegs.”
I don’t have much of the LEGO I had when I was a kid, but one thing I have had all these years is the minifigure that I use for Red (hence the completely worn, white symbol on her chest). I didn’t have her hair back then, of course, but she has been “that red astronaut with the jetpack” in my collection since the mid-1980s. Of course, her jetpack is nowhere to be seen on this page. :-p