Here’s a blast from the past for you. In May 2005, when this strip launched, it was called Starshift Crisis. Remember that? I changed the name to avoid potential legal trouble with a game named “StarShift” which ultimately was never released.

I came across an old list from 2005 where I had jotted down storyline ideas. How many came to pass? How many didn’t? Take a look.

  • Fuseli goes to war
  • Fuseli’s weapons are best of any ship in the Terran Navy
  • Navy tries to commandeer the Fuseli
  • Famed artist Xxxyyy comes aboard
  • Vaporware discovered in space capsule after several thousand years
  • A2-Z pulls a HAL 9000
  • Visiting various alien races
  • Encountering an alien race that built its culture around old TV (needs a twist!)
  • Interstellar race
  • Mission delivering some package…
  • Cutter has the habit of taking “missions” without telling Vanderbeam
  • Time travel — encountering Aeschylus Lux, 1800s time traveler
  • Katarakis trying to take over something
  • Race to recover a powerful artifact on some planet — its power is CULTURAL in nature, not literal power
  • Vanderbeam never received his highbrow degree, he’s a half-credit short
  • Mr. Jinx undergoes pon farr
  • Mr. Jinx spontaneously generates a child who eats his father and becomes the new Mr. Jinx
  • Mr. Jinx sheds his exoskeleton
  • We meet Ambassador Jovia, object of Vanderbeam’s affections: while carrying Jovia the Fuseli is attacked