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
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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?
Has anyone else seen “The Orville”? TNG-era Star Trek but with more jokes… Sci-fi comedy! I feel like Seth McFarlane made this show for me!
Schwartz never found out who he and Galanos were up against in the virtual wrestling world seen in the (wildly unpopular) “Smackatar” storyline.
Know how dumb I am? I’ve been using Schwartz’s house in the comic for, what, nearly a decade? Only now did I realize that its colors match its owner (especially when Schwartz wears his red and black Classic Space jacket)! It happened by accident. I wanted the LEGO Weekend Home set (#6370) from 1981 but it was a little expensive. So I just went to Bricklink and bought the parts I needed to build it. I ended up choosing black bricks instead of the original set’s blue parts, probably because it was cheaper, I could get all the bricks at one store, and I thought it looked better. Then I constructed it on a lunar baseplate and had a good chuckle at a suburban house sitting on the moon. Schwartz matching his house (he does normally have red in his Space logo, too) was pure serendipity.
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!
Buying LEGO Friends sets is definitely something I do exclusively for this comic. Although I have to admit I’ve always had a fascination with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Gunwallace over on Drunk Duck (this comic’s original home) composed and performed a theme song for SPACE: The Comic, as featured in a recent Quackcast! It’s a complete surprise and huge honor, and I’m thrilled to say Gunwallace captured exactly the kind of upbeat electronic theme I’d envision for the comic. Gunwallace, by the way, has created comics using Playmobil figures, which of course is right in my realm. You can hear the theme at 4m50s into the podcast here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/quackcast/episode-333-retcon-the-retcon