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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon The design of the Quevillion home reminds me in an offhand way of the home of Dr. Morbius in Forbidden Planet. By the way, Forbidden Planet is an excellent movie. The special effects were years ahead of their time, the story is well-crafted and thought-provoking, and the monster is - even after half a century - among the scariest things to appear in the movies. Forbidden Planet blazed trails that others, including MoS, have followed and explored for decades.

The Sagan Radio Telescope is, of course, named for Carl Sagan. (If the name's not immediately familiar, think of the phrase "billions and billions.") He was a world-famous astronomer and planetologist, and there's already a place on Mars named for him - the Pathfinder/Sojourner landing site was officially named the Carl Sagan Memorial Station in 1997, a few months after his death.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs The Mars chapter unquestionably has the most intricate backgrounds that have appeared in the comic so far. It's mostly a deliberate stylistic choice on my part -- I wasn't happy with the heavily computer-generated look of many parts of Chapter 2 and how long it took to do, and wanted to instead combine a more hand-drawn look with simple flood fills and gradients. But, this is also the segment of the story where backgrounds are the most important. That is because after all Mars itself is a character in MoS, and so Martian environments have to be drawn with the same care as any character's face.

I will charitably say that it has been a learning experience. My artistic style is very, how shall we say, anti-effort, usually featuring characters standing in front of the sky or in empty white rooms. Giving a comic a true sense of place is a new challenge for me.

Speaking of which, I guess I'd better figure out what it looks like inside that house. Gulp.