aw dannng, Franklin
We even foreshadowed this on the first page. Nice writing, right? Way to go, Robert and I one year ago! High fives all around.
Will he make it, or will the flesh be graphically stripped from his bones by high-energy solar winds? Come back on Friday to find out.
Solar winds are a real thing, although they don’t work exactly like in the comic (obviously). They’re made of charged particles that spew out of the sun at supersonic speeds, creating the heliosphere in space, which incidentally has my favourite opening sentence of any wikipedia article.
What are those mooncrabs doing?? In the printed comic book the answer was at the top of the opposite page, but you guys have to wait until Wednesday ‘cos you’re cheap.
When Robert and I sat down to write The Catch of the Moon, all I had by way of characters was “young inexperienced guy” and “old jaded guy”. Robert pointed out that was boring and I was inclined to agree with him. He suggested – just flip the stereotypes.
That’s how we ended up with the bitter young guy who’s been doing the job long enough for it to become rote, and the semi-retired work tourist who’s so enthusiastic to be working in space. They’re much better characters. They both have somewhere to potentially go as the result of each other’s influence. I like both of those characters.
The whole concept of work tourism fascinates me. You get to go somewhere you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, in exchange for doing something you’ve always wanted to. No wonder so many retirees decide to do it. Granted, they usually work in vineyards or whatever, but if space was an option, you’ve gotta believe I’d be signing up this very second.
Oh no! What’s going to happen to poor Franklin!? And it’s a Friday comic too, aren’t I a stinker. I don’t normally get to say that, it’s cool to be posting story comics for a change.