05/12/11 Planet Wrlrlrl, by Alan Ryan


Today’s Spacetrawler was written and drawn by the amazingly talented and funny Alan Ryan of Faraday the Blob. I love this strip and feel you all should too. It has a twisted quirky dark humor… creating almost a discomfort I suppose — a car wreck your insane uncle who is driving is telling you is okay to laugh at.

The first strip I read of Alan’s, or perhaps the first which caught my eye was his HP Lovecraft “Printer of Darkness” strip, which totally got me hooked.And there is so much else. So definitely, check out his site and trawl the archives. Who would want to miss the Zombie Aporkalypse, or an explanation nobody will ever believe, or how redecorating decisions are made in Life’s a Picnic, of being that Alan is Irish he aptly deals with any rainbow myths you may hold with Rainbow’s End, or have fun with Mr Elf’s Bad Day, or learn what cats are really saying in Cat’s Outta The Bag.

Thank you, Alan.

Why a guest strip? There were logistical reasons. As you all know, two weeks ago I had surgery and then just under a week ago I flew to Arizona for a SciFi Con. So I was kinda laid up, drugged, and in pain while trying to get ahead on Spacetrawler before the trip (as it requires printers, scanner, light table, etc, I couldn’t take it with me). As the clock ticked down I began panicking, and asked Alan if he could save my hide. That was the logistical.

But, really, I LOVE Ryan’s humor and cartooning sensibilities, and I might have even been dragging my feet a bit and asked him prematurely simply because I REALLY REALLY wanted to see what he’d do with my characters. I can tell you, i am NOT disappointed.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Faraday and I.

(actually, it’s a sculpture my friend Mary Lucking and her friends are responsible for, and which was blue, but who’s counting?)

Anyhow. I am back home, pretty much fully recovered, and Monday’s strip is lettered and penciled, so there will be no more delays. And I am FULLY AWARE I left you in mid-explanations of the big Eeb reveal, forgive me.

Also, some quick announcements. I will NOT be able to attend BuboniCon in Albuquerque at the end of August. But I am looking at another there in early August. I have added another convention to my list (in right-hand column you can see my appearances), I will be attending the Austin Wizard Comic Con November 11-13. And lastly, thanks for Marcy for the blog mention (she thinks I’m adorable, nobody correct her and tell her differently)! It was great meeting you at LepreCon, Marcy! πŸ™‚

Oh, and I want to read some good romance stories, or stories where romance plays a major part. Recommendations?


  1. Michael Younger

    My 2nd (read:second) E-missive.

    To your recovery, may it be quick, complete and un-necessary again for as long as you shall create. (read: this fan’s typically selfish POV)

    (Read: enough already with the sotto voce asides)

    We are hosting a web comic event at our fabulous ancestral estate here in Burbank CA and do now extend our invitation to you to attend. Day and Date to fit your present schedule of appearance obligations. Please advise with availability advice…

    Joshing and knee-slapping aside, your (that which we’ve seen) artist type work is A GOOD THING in the best sense of capital letter usage.

    Little Dee (by you) still starts our log on day, every day. A (poorly framed, by us) Dee page- the autumn tree top perspective- hangs in plain sight over our highest traffic door, not the outhouse door. “Wizard of Id” overhead view has that spot.

    Perhaps when you attend our web comic event- guarenteed prime table spot by the fireplace, unless we are hosting a garage sale that day, then next to the cashier/exit- you might autograff/ottograph/ autograph (!) the cool autumn page .

    We’ve already said too much, and likely tried too hard.

    Spacetrawler Monday and Wednesday is better than “Oglaf” good, and better for the prude-dog. Better and better, pushing blue Monday to the side.

    Your food site is worth the time too.

    Very truly yours,

    A Fan
    and Family.


  2. Marianna

    Glad to hear you’re recovering well!
    As to romance stories, this is an odd recommendation but a book I just loved: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It’s a new novel about Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with his first wife, and the whole story and storytelling was great. Plus it’s set in Paris in the 1920s with the Lost Generation. What’s not to love?

  3. Joal

    I normally dislike guest strips because they deprive me of the one I was so looking forward to, but I got a good laugh out of this one (I hope that’s not wrong).

    It’s rather Douglas Adams-ish, really.

    You had better never do this to us, Chris.

  4. War Pig

    Try “The Pirate”, “The Adventure” and “The Cowboy”, all by Jayne Ann Krentz. They’re sort of a trilogy. Or, by the same writer, you may like “Crystal Flame”, “Sweet Starfire” and “Shield’s Lady”.

    If you can imagine a romance novel telling the story from the viewpoint of the beautiful wenches instead of the heroic men associated with Boris Vallejo illustrations, that’s sort of close.

  5. Translation: “What is the [greatest|tastiest] [joke|food] on the [planet|table]?” “[Life|Custard].”

    The Wrl loved life to the fullest, including food as well as laughter, and many of their words could be used as interchangeable metaphoric puns for both, and other aspects of good living. They call their equivalent of Jesus the Good Humor Man. For them, the killing joke was too punny and profound and cross-contextual for them to take. If the Eebs hadn’t killed them all, I think I could have done some damage with “Imagine Wrl peas.”

    JKCarroll, the “Limitless” pill was a reference to the drug in the movie “Limitless” that lets people use the full capacity of their brain.

  6. Find a copy of Turgenev’s “On the Eve,” which is about a sculptor, a poet, a beautiful sensitive girl and a Bulgarian nationalist. The Penguin translation is probably the best and, no, it’s not one of those long Russian novels. It’s one of the short, sweet, sad ones that sticks with you forever.

  7. Have you read the Soulless (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless – with two more to come) series by Gail Carriger? They are steampunk where urbane vampires and werewolves are “out” in Victorian England. Funny, with a good splash of romance.

  8. aoife

    Faraday’s creator is doing a guest-strip – love it! Now will have to check out this spacetrawler dude properly whilst eating the meaning of life, i mean custard!

  9. JKCarroll

    Custard? [i]Custard?[/i] Oh, sure! Custard you can do! But a lot of us are still awaiting the Great Butterscotch Bake-off.

    (Unless custard is something you want to add to the Butterscotch Bake-off. And would you include “flan” as a custard? I would assume so, and I would hope so, seeing as how I’ve got a flan recipe that’s as good as a country song. You know the one? “[i]Stand By Your Flan[/i]” … )

  10. Christopher

    Glad you all seem to be enjoying Alan’s guest strip. Yay! πŸ™‚

    @MichaelYounger, thank for the kind offer! Next time I’m in Burbank, I’ll drop you a line. πŸ™‚
    @Marianna, @WarPig, @MikePeterson, @Hope, sound great! Thank you all for the recommendations! All reserved at the library!

  11. Faizah

    Good romance novel: The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.

    I don’t normally read romance, but I devour time travel. Turned out this one was more of a love story than a sci-fi, but I don’t regret picking it up. (The movie didn’t ‘wow’ me, the actors had no chemistry at all. Ignore the movie, the book is good.)

  12. Christopher

    Thanks for the idea, @Galane, but I have already sent my application off for the Albuquerque SciFi Expo the same weekend. But I’ll keep it in mind, it sounds fun and is so close, it would be a nice easy trip. πŸ™‚

    Thanks, @Faizah! I’ve heard good things about it, reserved!

  13. Steve P

    Loved this strip. Romance – try some YA novels like If I Stay by Gail Foreman, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson or Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin

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