For this strip I really just wanted to write about my love for the experience of picking berries. Mind you, I don’t like picking more than a dozen or so (and promptly eating them).
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.
It was so much fun drawing that first panel.
And as much as i feel it is a fine punchline, I’m torn between the lackadaisical comment on panel 1 or the giggle in panel 3 which make me laugh most.