12/20/10 Voice Control


Amazingly enough, a couple weeks ago was the first time I’d ever seen the movie Alien. Which was scary as hell and REALLY good. Since I knew Emily would be fleeing in an escape pod, it was SO tempting to parody Alien in Spacetrawler. But it is simply not that kind of comic. A nod to it would have been fine, but today’s strip is so packed already I didn’t manage it. So, instead I drew a Spacetrawler styled Sigourney Weaver in underwear. A fair bargain.


Sigourney Weaver playing Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley from Ridley Scott’s Alien

Original Drawing For Sale Sold!

Anyhow. Plenty else to blog about as well.

Congratulations to Jon Rosenberg for having such a successful year with his awesome new strip Scenes From A Multiverse, but more importantly, congratulations on the announcement that he and his wife are expecting twins.

And on anniversaries, congratulations to Gary Tyrrell for 5 years of awesome blogging about webcomics at Fleen. May golden fleeced moustaches pave your personal webcomic blogging road to heaven.

Oh. If you are hankering for some actual real space-porn, check out the top 14 astronomy pictures of 2010. Really.

Thanks for the very flattering mentioning of Spacetrawler by Lauren Davis of io9 over at comixtalk (on the first page). Thanks to El Santo at Webcomics Overlook for mentioning Spacetrawler in his Grab Bag. Thanks to Invisifan for the mention over at phpBB.


  1. @Grey Wyvern: They’re also all kinds of complaint!

    I love how Emily knew Pierrot would be stuck in a situation so ludicrous it had to cheer her up. To be fair, the potty bot is designed for people who need to “go” twice in the same… ah, never mind.

    Somehow, I find the Sigourney Weaver drawing creepy. Maybe creepy is not the right word. “Foreboding” perhaps? or maybe “keep ten feet away from this woman or else”

  2. TGS

    This gets my official ‘guffaw’ repeatedly award. Love the Door. Love the escape hatches. Love the use of the ring. LOVE the pottybot cheating so petty!

    Brilliant stuff, I liked it lots. Well Done!

    I must keep this webcomic a secret from all my friends so I will continue to be wise and all-knowing about the nature of the world when it happens to everyone else … and to steal the jokes … 🙂

  3. Herandar

    Aww, she kept his bionic Star-Wars-Luke-Skywalker-referincin’ hand…

    Gentlemen, the Eebs can rebuild him, they can create the technology, they can have the capability to build the world’s first bionic… uh, ‘whatever-he-was’. Growp will be that… umm… thing. The Eebs can make him better than he was before; better, stronger, faster, and finally able to defeat Emily!

  4. JKCarroll

    @GreyWyvern, there’s a whole genre (trope?) about over-the-top commands. Such as in “Serenity“, where the bank guard yells “What’s your authorization code?”, Jayne lets loose a blast of automatic weapons fire, and the bank guard says, “OK.”

    Or my favorite line from the TV show “Andromeda“: Beka wants to do something that violates the safety standards of her ship, and the ship’s computer asks for an ID and authorization code. She gives her ID, and the authorization code is “Shut up and do what I say!”

    Of course the escape pod control computer is compliant. When you’ve just seen the customer beat down your co-worker, you become all kinds of compliant to ensure customer satisfaction. (Although the escape pod control computer sounded an awful lot like my older brother…)

    And @Daniel, that scene is perfectly understandable. After doing all that she had been doing, I imagine her clothing was a tad … “ripe” … and possibly even crusty. Would YOU want to sit around in that? (or is asking that TMI… ewhh …)

  5. I hope Pierrot is using a pen…

    A gadget (with basically four funcitons) that recognizes spoken orders but isn’t built to follow them. Great.The builders must have hated their customers. (Well, it was probably built by eebs…)
    Its vocabulary is a bit limited though. Strictly speaking manual means by hand. By foot would be pedal or something.

  6. Prairie

    wow, great strip! packed with strippy goodness.

    thanks for mentioning the hand @Herandar; I didn’t even spot that it was there at first. i’ll bet that will show up again. (“Hey, give me a hand here, will you?”)

    I love that Emily is not only able to take action in the moment, but also plan several moves ahead as she did with locking up Pierrot.
    (btw, should “Peirrot” be added as a tag for this strip?)

  7. Christopher

    @Prairie, added! Thanks, yeah, I switched browsers and it “auto-adds” tags differently, so I keep screwing that up. “Pi” was “Pierrot” until it wasn’t. But not it is again. 🙂

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