Roombas are really useful, and so having a robot to go around tidying up after you sounds really good on the surface. But when you think about it, when was the last time you were happy with someone else cleaning up after you? People shove stuff wherever it fits, even if it’s not where that thing is meant to go. Or they put things in strange places that don’t make sense to you, and whatever it was is now effectively lost to the sands of time. Computers are haphazard enough in emulating human thinking as it is; even other humans cannot usefully emulate each others’ thinking on this topic.
I really do like Mesba, though. He’s been in very few strips; he’s difficult to write for, which is ironic, since we created him to be an easy source of visual gags when we were feeling lazy. We convinced ourselves of the premise that a minimalist robot with only three personality traits (1: he is curious, 2: he wants to be helpful, 3: he is compelled to tidy things away) would be easy pickings, but this is apparently not the case (at least for us). Nowadays I just take it as a personal challenge instead.
Nothing special planned for monday; probably just a regular ole’ comic.
I try and make sure Lore and Jane appear as characters whenever they can, because otherwise I’m just drawing two men all the time, and that gets boring pretty quick. Plus, we need more recurring characters than just Martin and Robert. There are only a finite number of variations on the joke of “Martin and Robert are frustrated with each other.”
Lore actually suggested the core of the joke here; the accidental switching couples thing. Thing is, in real life this type of scenario would be wont to happen, except that the real me and Robert would react more like Lore in the comic. Putting these characters that share our names and (originally) our likenesses into scenarios with our friends generates a very different response to us in those situations, and there’s potential laffs in them there hills.
Lore and Jane, as characters, are still pretty much like their real world counterparts. They entered the comic by way of actual direct representation for jokes, as opposed to – let’s be honest – laziness. When we first wrote a comic, we needed characters to discuss the topic. So we wrote two generic people, and I drew them to look like us. Then when they needed names, they got ours. But as we’ve stated before when comic-Martin has been homophobic or comic-Robert has been violent, they never had our personalities. Jane and Lore are far more grounded in reality, unless the joke demands otherwise, so I’m as in the dark as anyone else about how they’ll develop as characters over time.
The plural of Lego is “Lego bricks” leave me alone “Legos” always sounds funnier
Robert and I always try and differentiate “comic writing time” from “other conversations.” In the same way that engineering is applied physics, writing comics is basically just applied talking about things. We figure it’s important for it not to bleed into our day-to-day interactions, lest it take it over like some sort of bizarre psychological three-panelled parasite. When we say or see something that we think has the potential to become a comic, we simply declare it “comickable,” and return to it the next time we sit to write comics.
Every now and again, though, we just copy out an entire conversation because it was basically a comic. I was about to suggest that maybe we’ve been steadily rewiring our brains to make comics, but I realised half way through typing it that I had it backwards. We make comics because our brains are wired strangely.
We had to rock-paper-scissors over the title, though. I wanted to call it “Shingeki no Clooneyjin.”
George Clooney’s coffee ads have been plastered everywhere, and that coffee cup really is tiny. I think it was on the small side in the original ad they did (to give the illusion of Clooney coffee scarcity, I guess?) but I swear it’s getting smaller. Look at this newest ad:
I’ve mirrored it from here, because the picture will be gone by the time the ad campaign finishes. So if you’re reading this in the future, you’re welcome for this past-time advertising.
As a filmmaker slash space-otaku, I’m surprised I haven’t seen Gravity yet. I hope they factored in the Giant Clooney’s higher mass; it would explain why people are apparently drawn towards the man.