While Mike Maihack is taking some time off to spend with his new baby, I’m filling in this week on his cool comic Cleopatra in Spaaaace! It’s the story of the young Egyptian ruler who is zapped into the future to fight in a centuries long war alongside her friend Khensu the cat. What could be more fun than that? Go see!
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The authorized biography of Dr. Cornelius Strang is pretty much required reading here at the Institute. And at 2263 pages and thirteen pounds, it’s a hefty tome. But it’s definitely not a dull read. The Doctor was a pretty interesting guy which makes it difficult to put it down. That, and finding a piece of furniture to support it. Haha…yeah…
I’ll be sure to post an excerpt or two in the future. Now, back to reading!
Man, I should have gotten the digital version.
Last week I posted a drawing of the statue of Ellie that sits in front of the Mission Control building at the Strang Institute. Well here’s the building itself! You can see the famous telescope that Dr. Strang used in his discovery of Planet X way in back, and atop the building is the dish (one of many around the globe) used to receive Ellie’s transmissions from over eight light years away.
By the way, that’s me taking the Institute mascot, Bijou, out for her own mission: an afternoon pee and pull.
I was having a little discussion about the star that Planet X revolves around with Ellie reader Neutrino. It was pointed out to me that I’ve never actually stated which star it is except in some vague clue from time to time. Of course that was an accidental oversight on my part, and it took Neutrino to not only remind me, but also point out exactly which star it happens to be.
Another thing Neutrino reminded me was that Planet X’s parent star is only 200-300 million years old – not enough time for life to evolve. So the fact that there definitely is life there is not only an amazing discovery, it’s also a real mystery. Part of Ellie’s mission is to discover those answers. Anyway, Neutrino inspired me to go down to the archives and dig out this magazine article from the early 70s.
This is the statue of Ellie that sits out in front of the Mission Control building. On clear winter nights (like tonight) at the Strang Institute, she seems to be pointing right at Planet X’s position in the sky!
With the Hobbit movie coming out later this year, here’s a special treat! This is the very first film version of The Hobbit ever produced, created in a rush in 1966 to fulfill a licensing contract with J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate. It’s a very, very loose translation. Have a look see. But be forewarned that just enough of the plot is similar that it could be considered spoilerific!
The Digital Strips podcast just posted their list of best webcomics of the year. Host Steve Shinney picked Ellie on Planet X for his favorite out of all the other strips they reviewed this year! All of Mission Control is happy to be included with a ton of other great comics Steve and Jason reviewed. You can find the podcast here, and Ellie gets mentioned around the 29 1/2 minute mark. And you can listen to the review they did of Ellie back in October right here.
Thanks again Digital Strips!
During my lunch break today I wandered the grounds of the Strang Institute where I caught sight of our two cloned mastodons. Betsy and Violet are pretty elusive, so if you spot them then you’re pretty lucky. I ran across them goofing around in the relatively warm January sun and did some quick sketches. Violet even came right up to me to see what I was doing.
I’ve posted about Mission Control from time to time, but I’ve never said much about the amazing people who work here. So I drew up a little chart of the people who I interact with the most when I’m volunteering here at the Strang Institute (a couple of which appeared here too). Note how I conveniently put myself right at center stage.