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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Some NASA plans from the late 1960s, around the time I was busy being born, note that a fully functional Moon base with a couple of dozen staff was on the drawing boards for 1999. Then, in the Seventies, NASA's grand schemes were shot down on cost considerations, the Apollo program was cut short, and human spaceflight retreated to low Earth orbit.

In today's comic, Doctor Haas mentions that half the software companies in the United States have branches in Gagarin City, implying that Gagarin is an American city. This is, in fact, the case. Gagarin is in the imaginary American state of Lincoln - Mark even has a cool flag for the state which can be seen in the background of page 132. (Hint: Look at the top of the building in the far right of the last panel.)

It's my fictional universe, and in my fictional universe the Moon gets colonized by America and other nations. No matter what the budgetary questions. (Of course, I don't have to worry about fictional taxes...)

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Aren't they cute when they're talking past each other?

Anyway, the extras I mentioned last time are uploaded on the fan art and extras page. No big deal, but it's done. A better image of the Lincoln flag can be seen there.

The great thing about online comics is that mistakes aren't necessarily forever. For example, I realized that I neglected to do the special "this person is communicating via radio" effects for Haas's speech over the last few pages, and I also had a really lousy transparency effect for his hologram, and the cafe walls were the wrong color. (These sorts of things will happen when you upload the comic at 4:30 AM.) So, I just slipped in there and fixed it right up. I used to be reluctant to do such things, but, well, why not?

I'm not really going anywhere with this, just sort of making conversation, really. So, how've you been?