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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Cliffhanger over. Benjamin survived, albeit in bad shape, with at the very least significant liver damage. More will be revealed as the epilogue continues. I don't want to say more, because I don't want to ruin the last few surprises.

The casual reference to a replacement liver on this page glosses over the difficulties inherent in growing replacement body parts. Work has been done on the problem, but so far it's been a tough nut to crack. I'm sure it's not impossible, but I suspect it will be many years before we see livers regrown for implantation into humans.

Mark tells me that he's registered the domain name for our next webcomic. It was even free, which means that the record of profitability for MoS has continued unabated: We have spent no money, and we have made no money. (My idea of "profitable" was formed during the Dot Com boom. If you're not pouring millions of dollars a month down a hole, you're profitable.)

Mark and I actually sat down at Philcon and discussed our profitability. We figured that the cost of making the comic had pretty much been exactly counterbalanced by the worth of the two convention memberships we had received. Making webcomics is quite inexpensive.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Actually, turns out Benjamin was just fine as of the end of that page -- luckily the laser missed every major organ. The unfortunate liver damage happened due to consuming too much alcohol at the huge party the Martian fleet threw to celebrate the successful conclusion of the case. [NOTE: This is a lie.]

There is a new item of fan art!