In Galactopera, I wanted to take some things away that we take for granted in science fantasy and see what that did for the story. I made space travel a huge obstacle to overcome and I took away pervasive robots, or automata, and made them an endangered, delicate thing. Once I did those two things the story fell in place in my head, although I recently realized I need to set aside some pages to deal with the special situations in the galaxy, otherwise throwing a magic stone and walking through a portal is just a magic device rather than an integral and special part of the world. Enter a few comic pages I will be doing to touch on the topics that underpin my Galactopera story.
Dragoon Patrol. Welcome to a new strip exploring the bottom rung of the hegemonic ladder in Galactopera with Vladrion and Estriel, a Space Elf vaudeville-style double act that hopefully progresses to a better understanding of their part in the management of power in the galaxy. If you find a Double Act, whatever the genre, it’s going to explore the distribution of power.
- Obiwan and Anakin
- Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern
- Finn and Jake
- Troy and Abed
- Jay and Silent Bob
- Mae and Gregg
- Inigo and Fezzig
- Estragon and Vladimir
They always end up navigating the dungeons of power and succumbing or (rarely) escaping. It’s what they do! So I made a dungeon and threw two characters into it. Voila! Dragoon Patrol.
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Otto has been making appearances in my sketchbooks for a long time. Maybe twenty years, maybe more. I have always loved the industrial speakers that you used to get to hang on your car window when you went to a drive-in theater. Many of the drive-ins around Seattle like Puget Park, the Thunderbird or, my favorite, the Samish Twin in Bellingham had these speakers that looked like they could be a robot. Because in my mind I always wanted Otto to be a librarian even before I had a job for him, I used to try and give him an owl-like appearance, although I love the speaker grill face the best of all.
It’s nice to see Otto pop up in the panels of Galactopera at last. I think his journey is going to be fun.