The universe crumbling around him, Vanderbeam has a dream that will either sustain him with thoughts of Jovia or torment him with impossibilities!!
Myself, Scott Kurtz and Wil Wheaton are coming to your city to host the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in about three weeks! We will serve as your masters of ceremony for an evening of Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends. Tickets for April 12, Thursday night, available at the link!
The three of us will also be attending the Supanova convention that coming weekend in Melbourne. I believe Wil is also doing the Supanova a week afterwards as well. Check local listings for info!
Quick announcement at the top here — this weekend I will be exhibiting at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle with my Halfpixel brethren! March 30-April 1, come on out to see me!! I will be glad to do free artist editions in any book you purchase, and will also have Starslip pentagon stickers.
Things are getting hot as our crew tries to take the Fuseli!
A night or two ago I sat down and wrote dialogue all the way up through the end of Starslip. It’s a first draft but I doubt it’ll change very much as we approach the finale. I wanted to put a lot of heart into it, as Starslip explored some things near and dear to me: art vs. science, the respect of peers and the respect of predecessors. Predetermination.
I never really banged much of a drum about Starslip now that I think about it! It doesn’t have a Facebook presence. There’s no official Twitter. The strip means a lot to me and it’s the culmination of a lot of parts of my life that I’ll be putting to bed — did you know I came up with the Deep Time Agency in junior high? It actually predates any of the other ideas in Starslip.
Anyway I want to bang that drum now! There’s still enough time before the ending where you could read from the beginning and fully catch up for the end.
Thanks for being here. I hope you think of the weeks to come as quintessential Starslip.
Today’s was one of my favorite writing experiences for the strip. In the outline, I had written that, essentially, the crew manages to sneak onboard the Fuseli and by whatever means, convinces Astrid that she should give up the ship. And in my mind, up until I wrote it, it was kind of a sweet moment, even with Astrid wishing Vanderbeam well. I just hadn’t considered it that deeply.
Then I got to the part where I sat down to write it, and Astrid yelled at me. Why would she be satisfied by this? And it made me think about the events in Starslip from her point of view. And the scene turned into this. Now I wanted Vanderbeam to feel bad. He let someone down and he had to deal with it directly. His actions are ruining lives right now and there’s no quick fix.
It was just a very organic moment where I couldn’t bend the characters to a more polite situation. It was really exciting to see it develop.