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!
Archive for ‘Valkyrie’
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
This story follows up on Valkyrie’s troubles, last visited in “Bootlegs.” The setting is, of course, the classic and wonderful LEGO Town Square Castle Scene (1592) from 1980!
As a writer, it’s strange when you have a scene in your brain for a long time but don’t put it down on paper. It festers there, banging around in your head, looking for an outlet. For me, this sometimes happens for years and it can almost drive me mad. “Back in the Black,” at least, was actually scripted years ago before the comic went on its long hiatus. But I hadn’t shot it, so the visuals lived solely in my mind for all that time, the scene in this comic and the next especially. It’s surreal to me to have actually photographed and assembled it in reality. The finished visuals certainly resemble what I had imagined, but are still different due to the practicalities of actually staging the comics and last-minute improvisations. But I’m still happy with the finished product, and it’s serene to finally have it out of my head and put to rest. Now to attend to those hundreds of other untold stories I have up there!
Captain Kirk has a reputation as a ladies’ man, but I always felt (and I think it’s there if you watch the show) that he was more of a romantic. This is a LEGO custom minifigure I got from… somewhere I can’t remember.
Oh man, 500 comics. In a way, I hope this comic doesn’t get to a thousand because I pray I can wrap up all the MANY dangling storylines by then. But the truth is I love making comics and always have. (I used to draw them, which I’m no longer as good at, but found I like utilizing photography even more.) When I take, say, a four-year break, I feel like I’m missing a creative outlet in my life. So maybe continuing indefinitely with SPACE: The Comic, even if it takes eons to tell, isn’t such a bad thing.
As I mentioned last week, the 500th comic is actually five comics. It was TOO BIG TO CONTAIN IN ONE COMIC! lol “Seeing Red” and the fates of Red and Captain Dash will continue immediately after “500″ concludes. You know, this storyline really could just have been called “Meteor Madness III.”
The, um, new version of Schwartz you see at the end is a custom action figure I assembled using parts from Dr. Mego’s Repros, Classic TV Toys, old G.I. Joe air tanks I found on eBay, and a sticker sheet from LEGO’s Mars Mission series.
Thanks for sticking around for 500 comics, everyone! Here’s to… more!
Valkyrie’s been laying low from her usual criminal career due to threats from her fellow Blacktron pirates, so I figured that had to be driving her law enforcement pursuer, Officer Freundlich, nuts. Freundlich’s quest to capture Valkyrie hasn’t been depicted in a long time, and in reading back through their previous comics, I realized I had actually shown Valkyrie displaying her face to the guy who was after her! D’OH! This kind of conflicted with later comics in which she was very concerned about anyone seeing her face, or at least connecting her visage to the notorious Commander Valkyrie. The facial distortion field in Blacktron helmets is absolutely a retroactive fix, but I also liked the idea. And Valkyrie is the kind of person who would take a chance like that for the thrill, and to taunt an opponent she was also trying to briefly distract with her flirtations in that particular story. When the comic started, both Schwartz and the reader assumed that Valkyrie was a man, until the dramatic reveal. I’ve settled on her gender perhaps not being known by everyone, but not a secret either.
I’ll admit that this wasn’t the original fate I had planned for the clones. Initially, I thought I’d write them out by having them go off on a deep space mission, then one day have them inevitably return to cause more problems for the real Galanos and Schwartz. But then a couple things changed my mind. The first was that the Best-Lock ships fall apart if you as much as exhale on them, and photographing them was an immeasurably frustrating experience. There was no way I wanted to shoot another story with those ships (as cool as they looked), let alone try to keep them assembled in storage or go through the frustration of trying to build them again. I suppose my annoyance with the ships came out in what happened to them in the story, which is meant to be a darkly humorous meta moment. The other factor, perhaps more important, was the fact that the clones were intended as a slightly distorted but still recognizable reflection of our heroes, an alternate take on the paths they could take. And the idea of experiencing the death of your clones (perhaps akin to experiencing the death of a twin in the real world?) eerily hits too close to home.
Anyway, that’s the end of “Bootlegs,” the longest story I’ve ever done. Geez, it lasted five months?! I’ll probably try to keep the stories a little shorter in the future, but no promises. I did make an effort to include a lot of characters and locations in this one so it felt a little more varied than other longer stories I’ve told. Next up is a short visit with the Space Police, and then we begin “The Search.”
- This is not an official LEGO comic. This is a tribute. Nor is it related to Best-Lock.
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.