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!
Archive for ‘Scouse’
For someone who got married on the tenth anniversary of dating his girlfriend (and on April 1 no less), the idea of a lot of “maybe” and “eventually” being tied into nuptials in all too autobiographical.
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!
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…
Get it? Walker is going back into the pain party for more “punch.” HA! I slay me.
Taking pictures for this storyline has been slow-going, but it has been cool to work with characters that haven’t received much attention in awhile, like Walker and the ever-disturbing Masoch.
This comic page was a satisfying one to create.”Bootlegs” is a long story, so it’s nice to begin a new chapter of it in a new setting. The setting is not new to the comic itself, as the Raven’s Port Bar has shown up many times; it’s one of the comic’s main locations. The respect just won by Schwartz follows his fairly regular assignment of being sent to break up bar fights between those uninhibited and wacky M:Tron scientists! The “Have You Seen Me?” poster is of course for Scouse, who went missing when he was abducted by aliens right outside the bar! Finally, Valkyrie sure made good on her golf-related promise from earlier in the story, didn’t she? FORE!