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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I would just like to say how much fun it is to write Mad Scientist Benjamin's lines. Mark has declared him to be "so slick you could cook on him," which I personally believe can largely be laid at the doorstep of Mark's artistic rendering of the character.

It's been a while since we last saw Taro Watanuki, so here's a pointer to Von Hayek Station, which is mentioned by Taro in today's comic.

On other news: Gentlemen, there's no need to declare that one another must die. The mad scientist plots, the Vorstellen officer pursues. Violence is only necessary when, say, someone has destroyed your perfectly servicable police cruiser in Martian orbit.

Oh, what a giveaway...

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Among the many questions raised by today's page is of course the big one: what's with those shadows under Mad Scientist Benjamin's eyes? Heroin addiction? Gothy makeup? Got in a fistfight with Manny over the rest mass of the top quark? Is living a double life as a quarterback for the Gagarin City Crusaders? It's a secret to everyone, but my personal favorite theory is that Mad Scientist Benjamin doesn't sleep. Ever. 'Cos he doesn't need to, you see -- a miniature alpha wave generator of his own design provides all the beneficial effects of a full eight hours of sleep every night, without the tedious necessity of pausing your world domination plans while you go lie unproductively in bed for a third of your life. And there's absolutely no psychological side effects! [mad giggle] Alternatively, as NTK once put it, Benjamin just stands on a windswept cliff when he needs to sleep.

In other news, you may have noticed that the linework on this page and the previous page is substantially less awful than usual; this is because I finally got some new pens. MoS is inked with Pigma Micron pens of width 005 through 08. It is penciled with #4 HB lead pencils, and it is drawn on paper stolen from the feed tray of a copying machine.

Finally, today's recommended comic link is NSTA, because (among other things) I really likes them Fifth Element-style flying car chases.