Oh, man, I was so happy when I came up with the flying island. In fact, here’s a note I made at the time WITH SPOILERS:
As always, the more references I can shoehorn into something, the happier I am.
The flying island turned out looking awesome, but flying islands pretty much always do.
Artie developed a fear of heights after almost falling off a cliff from Dr. Narbon’s Brazillian lab while simultaneously possessing depth perception for the first time. Continuity! I was setting it up to use later too. Poor guy’s always falling off stuff.
I just wrote this strip to advance the plot (and do shots of the hamsters’ weird flying car swooping around), but “We also fear there would be attempts to snuggle us” is actually a pretty good line. So good work, me.
Oh, Dr. Noah. We barely knew ye.
The names in the second panel come from actors in the classic sci-fi film This Island Earth, in which aliens recruit human scientists to do all their work for them. Jeff Morrow played big-headed alien leader Exeter, and Lance Fuller played his lovable sidekick Brack. Despite being expertly mocked in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, This Island Earth is a pretty good movie, especially with that sweet Technicolor.
The names in the third panel come from the scientists and artists recruited for the secret Cthulhu-developing colony in Alan Moore’s Watchmen, a book that comes up more than once in this final story arc.
The windmills are a very slight nod to the movie version of Frankenstein. I tried to draw windmills into the backgrounds whenever possible.
Like I said the other day, the more references I can shoehorn in, the happier I am.
In the background of the first panel, you can see the tiny figures of genius cartoonists Jason Shiga and Derek Kirk Kim.
Ruth is the name of the heroine of This Island Earth. When she first runs into the hero at the aliens’ think tank, she pretends not to know him for reasons that, come to think of it, are never really explained.
The tiny figures in the background of the first panel are genius cartoonists Lark Pien and Thien Pham. I think that’s me and Andrew in the third panel.
I initially misspelled “ganache” in this strip. I’m still embarrassed about that. I make typos on a fairly regular basis, as my readers are always kind enough to point out, but for some reason “ganache” particularly bugs me.
The guy in the background of the first panel is genius cartoonist Jesse Hamm, but I don’t remember who the girl is. It might be me, but I don’t usually draw my hair like that.