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This one’s for you, Tim!
Have you ever had a friend that, on paper, you should have nothing in common with? That’s the way it seems with me and my friend Craig. He pretty much lived a rock ‘n roll lifestyle without actually being a musician, and I’ve always been more into nerdy and quitter pursuits, which he gently makes fun of. But we’ve been friends ever since we worked together more than a decade ago, and spend long hours talking on the phone (since he lives in another state) about topics such as music, wrestling, old sitcoms and the nature of the universe. Craig was a big fan of the ribald sitcom Two and a Half Men, which led him to watch Big Bang Theory since it was made by the same creator. But he was really lost by all the Star Trek references, and actually became curious about the topic. He had never seen one second of Star Trek, and asked me for advice on which ones to watch. I was shocked, and also realized my responsibility in steering him toward good selections, and most certainly anything that wasn’t Voyager. He was already a fan of William Shatner from the actor’s various hosting gigs, so I strongly suggested he watch Wrath of Khan. As I had hoped for, Craig thought it was fantastic. He was very surprised that he liked it so much, and quickly began watching the rest of the movies with the original cast (even Star Trek V, which I warned him about and it pretty much shook him with how bad it was). He then began watching The Original Series, which I suspected he wouldn’t like be a big fan of since it’s a bit different than the films, but he ate those up, watching the whole series within weeks and hungering for more. I tried to get him into Next Generation, but he felt the crew just didn’t have the same chemistry as Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the bunch. Even in the worst episodes of the original show, it was fun spending time with those characters, he said. Craig lamented one time during his Trek marathon, “Here we go, babeless in Boca and another Star Trek movie. This is how it begins… noticed there’s a comic store on 441.” So, maybe his life has swung around a bit… He mused how Trek is an excellent escape when things in your life aren’t at their best, and I agreed that a lot of people feel that way about it. He also stated that he now considered Star Trek as one of his favorite shows, so I felt proudly that my mission was accomplished.
For reasons probably best explored in an essay when I’m more awake, Space: The Comic seems to be very pro-S&M.
The asteroid costume reminds me (and I only recall this now) of a pumpkin costume my grandmother made for me on one of my earliest Halloweens. I was round, orange and stuffed with paper. She took me to some harvest festival and we sat down on the grass for storytime, where I promptly rolled over, being round and all. I pleaded with her honestly that I couldn’t get up, but she shushed me and told me to stop fooling around. Even then I appreciated the humor of the situation and just kind of sighed as I settled in to enjoy communal storytime from a sideways position.
Although this comic was written a long time ago, a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Tapestry” that I watched this week echoed the feel I was going for here. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen what I think is one of the best episodes of that series, but there’s a scene where Picard gets to see what it would be like if someone else was the captain of the Enterprise and he was stuck at a lower rank doing menial, safe jobs. Pretty haunting, frustrating and even chilling. In the case of Schwartz and Galanos, they’ve always been those guys stuck with a lot of the menial jobs. Pays to have some initiative and drive sometimes, doesn’t it? And you certainly wouldn’t want to see yourself eclipse yourself!
The Blacktron ship belongs to Lt. Verwaand, of course, and was shot into space with the Hooting Space Monkey attached by Commander Valkyrie.
So, April 1 came and went without me trying to get one over on you or make you go, “WTF?!” I considered various options, but ultimately decided the whole “I’ve been fired from the comic!” storyline a couple of months ago was more than enough. At least for this year.
Isn’t that the way? The more money an employee makes a company, the higher the tolerance there is for any oddities in that employee’s behavior. It’s all about the bottom line!
In staging this comic, I tried to use a lot of inverse design between the scenes with Schwartz and Galanos, and the scenes with their clones. The base and the background used in the scenes with the originals were both turned upside down for the scenes with the clones. The clones are standing in opposite positions from the original Schwartz and Galanos, and the respective ships of each Galanos are pointed in opposite directions. Just a little thing, but I thought it was neat to do.
I was going to use this post to ask you guys to support the fan-created LEGO “Shaun of the Dead” Winchester set posted on LEGO CUUSOO, but it just hit the 10,000 votes it needs to be considered by The LEGO Group as an officially-released set! This is amazing! Congrats to its creator, Yatkuu! Man, do I want this thing. An empty display shelf awaits it, and I have Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” in my iTunes queue. Simon Pegg, Shaun himself, is to thank for getting this set the attention that it needed. He asked people to vote for it during an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show, along with recounting a prank on his Twitter followers that was so devilishly awesome that the man must have a kinship with this comic’s own Commander Schwartz! Click the link in the previous sentence to watch the video!
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!
You may have noticed that my Twitter account has changed from “LegoSpaceComic” to “SpacetheComic“. It’s for the same reason I consider the comic’s official name to be SPACE: The Comic and have dropped “Lego” from the title. The LEGO Group is pretty easygoing about webcomics and other creative ventures that use their products, but one of the main things they ask is that you don’t use the word “Lego” in branding an unofficial product. If you want to read more about LEGO’s “Fair Play” rules, read this thread at the Brick Comic Network, and see the “Fair Play” policy on the official LEGO page HERE. Very handy to have if you’re considering a brick comic (as we call them) or website about LEGO of your own.