Apologies for server issues earlier this week. Should be mostly taken care of.

TCAF was fun. Got to hang out with Don Ahé of Road Apples Almanac, Jeff Couturier of Hordes of Neurons, and Kate Citron of katecitrin.com, (and Brian!). Audra of Nemu*Nemu stopped by to say hello (hi!). Chatted with Jess Fink, (of NSFW Chester 5000, among other projects) and who lives so close, its embarrassing we haven’t hung out. Got to sit between Nicholas Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship, and Sam Logan of Sam And Fuzzy, which was delightful.

The most exciting thing was to get to spend some time talking with Christophe Blain, whose art and story pacing have been a huge influence of my work (especially Spacetrawler). Check out Isaac the Pirate Set Vols.1-2, or Gus & His Gang, or The Speed Abater, or his new books: Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and In the Kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef.

Oh, and he drew me a sketch. Not only is it always a thrill to watch other people illustrate, but what a lovely drawing. Thank you, Christophe!


05/14/14 Driving Star Crazy

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  1. Well this certainly is interesting.

    Was fun talking to you at TCAF Chris, and I hope to see you again next year! Thanks again for the watercolour 🙂

  2. Vagus happens to stay in.

  3. Kerin Schiesser

    I FINALLY remembered who the Captain reminds me of.

    Barney Miller.

    Don’t know if that actor is even still alive, but if you were going to make a movie of One Way (and wouldn’t THAT be cool?) and if you could go back in time to get your cast, you would totally hit the nail on the head by casting the guy that played Barney Miller in the TV show of the same name.

    Whew – i feel better now! (I hate it when i “recognize” a comic character, but can’t remember where i saw that actor!)

    Loving the new comic – glad you’re back online. I was worried when you went down.


  4. Kevin, now that you mention it, yeah, I see the similarity. And the actor is still alive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Linden

  5. Ooh! I loved Barney Miller. 🙂

  6. Synthesize*d* Higgs

  7. @Christopher, two things: 1) glad you’re back! ; 2) I want to THANK YOU for the little notes on your life you leave in these web comics!

    Back on 04/30/14 (if anyone wants to click on the link on the left side of the page) you mentioned having seen “Only Lovers Left Alive”. This led me to check out the film on IMDB and start checking out the actors to see what else they’ve been in that I’ve seen. The fourth actor on the list was Mia Wasikowska. In checking her filmography I noticed in 2013 she was in both “Only Lovers” and a film called “Stoker”. I clicked on the link, read the info, found my local library had a copy, and checked it out.


    It’s one of those films they need to show in film school to demonstrate editing, foreshadowing, symbolism, etc. (as well as being a really good story). So I started reading the message boards on IMDB and found a number of people who noted that the film was DEFINITELY influenced by Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived In The Castle”. Checked the library again, and now I’m learning to enjoy this author whom I’ve heard of and read at least once (“The Lottery”) but didn’t know it was her. My world has been expanded, all because you mentioned an obscure film you recently saw. Thank you!

  8. @Clacke, fixed!
    @Muzhik, that’s awesome. 🙂

  9. “Barney Miller” a great ensemble show and comedy. Hal Linden is still around. Saw him on a Supernatural two years ago. As a Rabbi who is murdered by shadow stalking Nazi necromancers of the Thule Gesellschaft. Though I haven’t checked for him recently.

    Nice either a ghost or something else. Reminds me of Venture Bros. with agent 24 appearing and talking to his friend agent 21. Is she hallucinating or not?

    Wish I could have gone to see you at the Convention Christopher. Thank Humanity for the Internet.

  10. Kerin Schiesser

    Actually, it’s KeRin not KeVin (happens to me all the time, LOL). In fact, in my Junior year in High School, they printed “Kevin” right under my face in the year book. Annoying, as I’m female. I had short hair that year, so I guess I can’t blame them for mistaking a weird name and a fairly androgynous pic LOL. Just letting you know, though. I like your comic and it is not unrelated that it has several interesting and complex female characters. It even passes the Bechdel test! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test)

    In case you’re curious, the test is satisfied early on, in fact – by comic 13 – and is in fact the first comic in which the ensemble cast first breaks up into individual interactions. “Two named female characters have a conversation about something besides a man.” Granted, later a man is mentioned, but only because he was the one killed, and what they’re really talking about is why Star got kicked out of the military and thus is on this trip. And that was the fourth topic, after talking about the physical effects of the drive, the length of the journey, and then food. 🙂

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