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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I love the design for the hypothetical robots. I gave Mark the stage direction "Behind Sumatera, we see armies of robots directing traffic, teaching children...forming the entire assembly of representatives in the halls of Congress" and he ran with it. I am perpetually amazed that Mark is capable of pulling these pictures out of my head via the feeble medium of my prose and turning them into something meaningful.

Mark will now comment eruditely upon the rise of the Hittites in the early Iron Age with a view towards its influence on the development of medieval European cheese molds.

P.S. Not that we have fans, as such, but if any of you want to meet Mark* and me, we will be at the Mystery Anime Theater discussion panel at Otakon in Baltimore** on the afternoon of Saturday, July 27. We will also be in the cast of Mystery Anime Theater itself, on Friday night at Otakon, but since there will be over five thousand people in the audience we won't be able to talk to anyone.

* Mark will be at the panel if he can stay in town through Saturday.

** We promise Baltimore will not be wiped from the map by Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman while we're there.
(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Just to be clear, the snappy pacing that I referred to last time is of course due to MoS's writer, Jon, but I do heartily endorse his political platform and world domination ambitions. Also, a big Miracle of Science thanks to Aric Hooley, for his kind words and for kindly linking to us from his comic site, Reckless Blue. That's the spirit!

With that out of the way, I just want to say I'm pleased with how this week's comic came out. I was worried that I was cramming in too much dialogue, but I only had to cheat (by reducing the spacing of text in Photoshop) three or four times to make it fit. The wonderfully stupid-looking robots seen directing traffic, throwing children around and addressing a joint session of the United States Congress in the third panel are largely inspired by the sort of stuff Bob the Angry Flower tends to build. I also note that I actually remembered to draw that little ribbon Caprice is wearing on her right arm. It seems to come and go rather more than it really should.