Little known fact: Professor Cornelius Strang, Ellie’s creator, in his younger days was the inspiration for some of our most beloved pop-culture icons. It’s true! You can look it up.
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Things are a little slow at here at Mission Control. Ellie keeps sending her data and we keep interpreting it. We’ll let you know if she discovers anything exciting.
Just a quick note: I’ll be at the MSU Comics Forum this Saturday in Lansing, MI. I’ve got some comics and sketchbooks for sale, and…I’ve got the first 50 pages of the Ellie Graphic Novel if you wanna peek at ’em! That’s Saturday, February 21, 11 am to 5 pm.
Meanwhile, I’m going to take a break and catch up on my reading.
Here’s another scan from the current book I’m reading, Strang Tales, the biography of Dr. Cornelius Strang, discoverer of Planet X and creator of Ellie. I’ve skipped ahead a few chapters to read about the famous group of heroes the Doctor gathered together, Strang’s Mystery Alliance of Science.
I want to thank all my buds at the Comic Creators Mini Group for helping me dig up additional info on the Phenominal Five. Go check out the Tumblr we started featuring a weekly sketch challenge.
And if the image from the book above is a little small for you to see, click the pic below for a larger version. We’ll be back to Ellie on Monday!
It takes me quite a while to get through a book, especially one as thick as Strang Tales, the biography of Dr. Cornelius Strang, discoverer of Planet X and creator of Ellie. At the rate I’m going, we’ll be celebrating ten years of monitoring Ellie on Planet X before I even get halfway through this book. Here’s another scan from the book’s insides (go here for the first one). Just click on the pic below and read how Dr. Strang was inspired to make his great discoveries!
I mentioned a while back that I was reading Strang Tales, the rather hefty biography of Dr. Cornelius Strang, founder of the Strang institute and the man responsible for Ellie’s expedition to Planet X. Well, here’s a scan of the first couple of pages. Unfortunately the book was a little heavy for my scanner and…well…I’ll be getting a new one now. Just click on the pic below to see the whole thing!
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.
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.
There’s no new comic today (due to stuff), but in lieu of one I do have this little treat to give you. We’ll have a new installment for you on Thursday.
A few weeks ago, in case you didn’t read about it, I was explaining how back before Ellie was launched into space, Dr. Strang took her on a promotional tour around the world. They met world leaders. They were guests on popular television programs. And, of course, they also made appearances at local shopping centers.
One of our readers, Frank, wanted to know if I could post something from Ellie’s world tour. So here’s a newspaper ad for a department store appearance. Plus it features a drawing of Ellie that doesn’t really look like Ellie. Dig that pony tail!
I went rooting through some old papers here at Mission Control and discovered two pages of an interview with Dr. Strang in a 1968 copy of Awesome Science Magazine. Click on the picture to read it!
Sorry, the rest of the interview is missing. But in the back of the magazine I found these classified ads under the cartooning heading (for reals). I’d have paid $4.95 to get an education in commercial art!