Link to today’s offal.
So, apparently Starbuck Jones has another sidekick in addition to Jupiter Moon and Isaac the robot, apparently named Moon Mile Meek, and about whom we have heard nothing before this day. Way to keep the quality control on high, there. This seems to flatly contradict the advice Tom Batiuk was given (reprinted on his blog), about referring to characters by name, etc, so new readers are quickly brought up to speed.
I happen to agree with that, by the way. While there are certainly ways to make it really awkward (“Miss Jameson, you may be the best-selling mystery author of all time, but even I, your agent, don’t know why you need to spend a night in a haunted house!”), I’ve seen movies where the lead character wasn’t given a name until halfway though the movie. It’s nice to know who the characters are, so when they’re not around and someone refers to them, you can say “Oh, that guy. That cartoonist guy who draws that dull strip.”
So, this Moon Mile Meek might be anyone. Perhaps on your way home someone will pass you in the dark, and you will never know it, for they will be from outer space, and their name will be Moon Mile Meek! Can you prove that it didn’t happen?
At any rate, or rather because of, we have today’s thing. Those characters in panel one are really poorly drawn–I mean, that is some seriously bad artwork, but…no matter, for we’re off to Nostalgia Park. See, it’s funny because the boss is a fat stupid guy, and the artists are all like “Whoa” because they have to make a space comic in just a couple of days. You can start slapping your knees…now.
Actually, I don’t see how the Deflated Due have a problem here. They can just concoct a story where Starbuck, Moon Mile, Jupiter and Isaac are all sitting around the space office, space bitching because the space boss expects them to go out on space patrol, and they’d rather not. They’d rather wax space nostalgic about the olden days when–and here’s the space twist–old TV movies were made and the staff totally hated working on them.
They hated working so much, they actually broke the space barrier and space hated it.