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Week 29: Unfashioned Creatures

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We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves—such a friend ought to be—do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.

—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

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Let Fly the Rockets of War

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Co-writer and co-creator of the strip, Benito Cereno, despite clearly being a fictional persona I created to distance myself from full ownership of this comic, has, like a Gogol’s nose, escaped into the real world. It was one thing when he was keeping a twitter account and writing articles for websites and having an extensive backlog of delightful comics to his name—but now he’s appearing on podcasts.

War Rocket Ajax!

Namely, he’s on top-tier comics podcast, War Rocket Ajax, where he talks about… well, I haven’t had a chance to listen to it (I just learned about it, and right now the soundscape of the house is filled with Beyoncé, which the Lovely Wife is blasting to ward off pre-election anxiety). As far as I know, Benito spends the whole time spuriously claiming to have invented me as a nome d’arte.

Give it a listen, and let me know what you think, won’t you?

It is important to set in a store of provisions before extended space travel.

Week 27: From His Innocuous Hand His Bloodless Food

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In answer to your unasked questions about what the characters eat while in space.

This strip, of course, if inspired directly from Percy Shelley’s Exhortation:

Chameleons feed on light and air:
Poets’ food is love and fame:

A Rocket-Mummy’s preserved fare
Isn’t much to pro-claim.

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Week 26: Sweet Expectation’s Ray

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They scoffed when Fran packed sheets upon sheets of stickers for her interplanetary expedition—but who’s laughing now?

Speaking of stickers, did you know that archeologists have found what they are pretty sure are the world’s oldest stickers at Ancient Egyptian sites? A theory is that the Egyptians used stickers in the marketplace as price tags and for what we would now call point-of-purchase advertising. And you know what else was found at an Ancient Egyptian archaeology site? SETKA! Isn’t it amazing how even the silliest bit of business becomes profoundly relevant if you google long enough?

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Week 25: Rayless and Pathless

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I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air…

——Lord Byron, Darkness

I can’t say that I 100% understand the mores of the Invisible Folk of Mercury vis-à-vis public nudity.

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The Tingler! and, more generally, Benito.

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The Mummy’s Sabbatical’s own Benito Cereno is an expert on many things, including Christmas Lore, Antiquity, Comics, and—most appropriate to the season—the expansive genre of Horror. And he’s written a piece for “Horror Month” over at the Robot’s Pajamas about master huckster William Castle and his famous piece of cinema gimmickry, The Tingler. It’s worth a read. Benito is pretty danged good with words.

Want more of Benito’s words when they aren’t locked in a death struggle for dominance with my own petty scrawlings? He’s a regular writer over at Comics Alliance. He scripts a lot of trivia primer videos for pop culture touchstones, but I’d especially point you to his tributes of great cartoonists past, which are always 1000% on point.

F’risntance:
Ramona Fradon
C.C. Beck
Carl Barks
Otto Binder
And, of course, the grandaddy of us all, Winsor McKay

A good way to keep up with all his doings (and to enjoy his wonderful, hilarious, erudite answers to readers’ questions) is to follow his Tumblr, Burgeoning Lads of Science.

Week 24: Mercury Unwrapp’d

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If you ever wondered what O. Henry’s science fiction oeuvre would have been like, now you know.

Next week, we’ll check in on Fran on the dark side of the planet.

(Of course, Mercury doesn’t actually have a light side and a dark side, because it isn’t tidally locked to the Sun. But each day is about two months long. So, near ’nuff for our purposes.)