I did really dark outlines around the figures in the first panel. I kind of like the effect.
Artie inciting the androids to revolt was another later addition to this plotline, although I can’t remember exactly when I came up with it. It might have been Andrew’s idea. It’s pretty good as a way to give Artie something to do up there on the moonbase.
By having the robots liberate themselves from Madblood, I knew I was tying myself down to including them in future storylines. This was how the cast kept expanding: I couldn’t bring myself to kill off or abandon a set of characters, so I had to keep developing them and following them. The Madblood robots never get a whole lot of screen time, but I do get back to them (or some of them) for “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved,” a storyline that ties up several of these types of dangling character threads.
The robots’ conclusion in the first panel was inspired by an episode of “Red Dwarf.” Kryten argues that he can’t be considered “good” if he’s only doing good things he was programmed to do, and the only way he could truly be moral would be to abandon his programming and reach an independent morality. I think that was the same episode where the Cat argues that he’s brought joy to the world by having a magnificent ass. Man, did I ever rip a lot of material off that show. I’m sorry.
I still enjoy Artie’s line in the last panel. Also that the robots apparently understand that Mell isn’t Madblood, but continue to take her seriously as their leader. I chalk this up to Madblood’s enormous lack of charisma with his own machines.
What’s that thing in the foreground in the first panel? It looks awesome!
“Joe Hill” is an old union song now best remembered for the cover Joan Baez sang at Woodstock (and in the movie “Woodstock”). Man, these gray fills are awful. My art this week is all over the place. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes I don’t know what I was thinking.
The other day, someone in the comments asked if the computer couldn’t just lock the robots out or make an escape route for our heroes or something. The answer is yes. Yes, she could have. If Dave hadn’t ordered her to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE MOONBASE.
Helen warned Dave about this kind of thing back in this week of strips, but he didn’t take her seriously. The person in the comments who compared sentient AIs to Clippy the MS Office paperclip may have been on to something.
Dave’s expressions in this strip are pretty cute.
I still really like this one. I like it when characters get slapped upside the head, I like Artie’s rationale for slapping Dave upside the head, and Dave looks cute with his glasses slipping off in the third panel. It works on so many levels! Three levels!
Artie is wrong, but at the moment he has no way of knowing that.