09/30/19 – Interim Week: Awake




In case you felt concern for my flippant self-imposed workaholicism: the strips this week (4, which will appear all at the normal Spacetrawler times) do go pretty quickly. It’s not a week “off,” but it is a week with a lot more time for me to get my head straight and ducks in a row for starting the new Spacetrawler story right.


  1. Jude

    That’s fine – take your time and get some rest, Christopher. But I’m a little confused. What do ducks have to do with a new Spacetrawler story, how many are there and why do you need to line them up? Are you auditioning ducks to find a replacement for Bikkie in the next story?

  2. War Pig

    Yep, just write here: “Gone for a week to regain my sanity.”

    Or you could post a few of Bikkie’s greatest “hits”.

    Let the golden hand recuperate. Can’t have you going down with carpal tunnel.

  3. Muzhik

    Personally, I’m just a TAD bid concerned at the conversation you’re having with the imaginary characters you draw. You say you haven’t been sleeping well? Um-hum, um-hum… Do you remember driving here? No? What do you mean, “Nog drove you”? Aaaannd … Nog is going to save the earth using a laser-resistant kangaroo?

    (Pushes button on desk) Well, Mr. Baldwin, I think that’s enough for today. I’m going to recommend that you take some time off at a special facility we have for creative types like yourself. Lots of fresh air, lots of sunshine … just remember to take your pills at the scheduled times and you’ll be right as rain in no time. Ahh! Here are your escorts now! I’m sure they’ll love to hear about Nog and his exciting exploits!

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Actually saying the lines can help to find out if anything is clunky or someone would have some difficulty saying. The first lines read by Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher were not what they used in the movie. Far more naturalistic later on than the first cold reading. (I got to see some of that footage once.)

  5. Jude

    Christopher, you really should incorporate these duck ideas into your next story. Nothing major – just use them as background material for a scene or two for your devoted readers. I love how others took the duck idea and ran with it!

      1. Peter Rogan

        You’ll be in good company if you do. J.R.R.Tolkien incorporated a figure from his children’s bedtime fairy tales into “The Fellowship of the Ring,” and that’s why we have the grand and missing mystery of Tom Bombadil. Never depicted in any film, wholly out of canon for The Lord of the Rings, but real and charming and remembered. Damn, and now I can’t get the image of Bob Hoskins playing Tom Bombadil out of my head! And Jodie Comer as Goldberry! Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn!

      2. Muzhik

        Well, if you’re going include ducks all in a row, then you’ll need to have something to knock them down at an unexpected moment. Something not included in the story’s canon. Something like …

        … wait for it …

        … a non-canon ball

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