Sometimes I find that it’s the things which are just incredible enough to be beyond normal reach, which require that you have to be just crazy enough to pursue.
But on most days I remember it’s the simple things which shine the brightest.
I had planned the POTENTIALITY of bringing back the space shuttle, but never found the right opportunity (I don’t think I did, did I?). But hiding it under some branches seemed the most appropriate thing.
And yes, Vachel’s line in panel #1 is perhaps the darkest of this strip. As is the theme, actually. It was inspired by hearing that many astronauts suffer depression after becoming earth-bound again, theoretically partly because they know that nothing they ever do will ever be as momentous.
I mean, after doing the greatest feat of your life, and suddenly it’s the day-to-day of going for a walk or playing fetch, that must be a hard transition.
I love the idea of moon dogs marking their territory. (And yes, I do realize that he can’t pee outside his suit).
Also, I felt it was important that Dee’s anger, both at being lost and being so far from her parents, which comes out as punching.
I wanted to do a strip about Laika, especially since I was on the space them, although I knew nothing about her. So i read a bit and was so sad that it was the goal for her to survive in space… but was never the goal for her to survive return. So…. add a little pathos with your humor, right?
It was also super fun drawing Laika for panel 2.