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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Mark and I got a relatively rare bit of time in each other's physical presence this past weekend. (I live in Pennsylvania, while Mark lives in Illinois, so we usually communicate by email.) We spent a lot of time utterly slacking at a rather boring meeting we both attended, and also found time to ponder the layout of the next few pages of A Miracle of Science.

The time we spent discussing the upcoming pages highlighted for me one of my personal deficits: I have vivid pictures in my head of what things in the comic should look like, but I am incapable of drawing even the simplest picture. I am often forced to rely on vast stacks of verbiage, which Mark then turns into the spare and elegant pictures you see. Usually, I simply state what an object or machine or character should do and rely on Mark's aesthetic sense to bring it to life.

An example of this would be the pistol Benjamin carries. Its first appearance in the script was attended by this description, edited slightly for length: "Benjamin stands beside Caprice - as if not quite willing to hide behind her - and pulls his pistol, which is a fairly large, pistol-style railgun... The muzzle end of the railpistol has an odd muzzle-bore with two projections, one on the top and one on the bottom... The railpistol makes a 'ZZ-THOOM' noise when fired." From this minimal description, Mark created a nifty, unique gun.

A postscript: My wife often reminds me I am not allowed to purchase a motorcycle. I suspect it is because she is terrified I will immediately take it out on the interstate and race between huge tractor trailers at high speed like Benjamin does in today's comic.
(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I could buy a motorcycle and take it out on the lunar interstate and race between huge tractor trailers at high speed if I wanted to. I just don't want to.

I'd also like to mention that the insanely narrow and dangerous two-lane freeway our heroes have been driving along is directly inspired by the insanely narrow and dangerous Schuylkill Expressway between 476 and the PA Turnpike near Philadelphia.