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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I told Mark that if he places a large amount of money in a numbered Swiss bank account, he never has to draw the Fabula and Syuzhet robot hordes again.

In other news, the Beagle 2 probe mentioned in this space last week appears to have malfunctioned on the surface of Mars. Even though Mars has in general the least hostile environment of all the planets (other than Earth), we keep losing probes there. Very irritating.

Happy New Year, everyone. See you in 2004!

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Don't worry about the huge bronze robot with swords for legs in the foreground of the first panel. That's just Phil. He's cool.

Oh, man, I got so much to talk about, where to begin? Well, I'll start by pointing up at the stuff to the right of the comic page... see that little letter "A" there? Push it. Go on. See? We have archives now! In fact, the entire site has been automated. Changing the template requires but the touch of a button, and a single command (instead of error-prone thrashing through at least three different .html files) is all that's needed to update the site when a new page comes out. Plus, the new system supports archiving the "Jon sez" and "Mark sez" columns that we write every week, so if you're that one person who was interested in those you'll be delighted to hear that they will be added to the site very soon. All emphasizing our commitment to you, the comics-viewing public that we are proud and humbled to serve.

Now that I've thrown my arm out patting myself on the back, I have to blush a bit and admit that there will be no new page of MoS on Thursday, January 1. I don't want to give too much away, but revelry will be part of the reason why. MoS will resume on Monday, January 5 in the fabulous future year 2004. See you then!