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.