by Brian Fies An Eisner Award-nominated work in progress. Updated Tuesday and Friday. Starts HERE.
Well, that's a fine Merry Christmas, I must say.
Very minor mystery: how did the notebook suddenly appear in Sparky's hand?
You are a sad, strange little man.- Buzz Lightyear
Sepp: It's a minor mystery I hoped would slide. Caught me. Who has the notebook and when is an important driver of this part of the story, and I made a point of showing Lillian handing it back to Sparky a few pages ago. The last panel establishes that as of right now, he has it. Whether he had it in his hand all along (which the art doesn't support) or it fell out of a pocket, etc., was less important to me than showing that it's open to that page when he collapses. I'll think about how I might clarify that chain of custody.Personally, I'm still mystified how Indiana Jones survived a several-hundred-mile journey hanging onto a submarine periscope (even if it never submerged), or how the crew of the Enterprise in Star Trek 6 was able to shoot down an invisible Klingon ship using gaseous nebula instruments that we'd been told earlier were aboard Sulu's Excelsior. Anon, people say that to me a lot. I don't know why.
I'd fallen behind yet again, so I decided to jump back quite a ways and then binge-forward. I have to say that there's something about Lillian's "mad genius" line on this page that really hit hard. Of all of the amazing, culture-clashing, fish-out-of-water moments Sparky has faced so far (and you won't be surprised to know that I LOVE those aspects of the story) this one has been the most powerful. Somehow that one comment seems to drag Sparky kicking and screaming into the present even more than all of the other interactions he's had, the technology he's faced, the societal changes, etc. Anyway, back to bingeing!