If there's any theme that benefits from the coding changes I made a while ago to allow arbitrarily sized comics, its Supers.
Once again thanks to the talented Dean Stahl of Steelhorse Studios for the artwork.
2018-01-17 Rerun commentary: I'm not sure how obvious it is, but Captain Spatula's plan here is to use his super spatula abilities to flip the giant sneaker off them so that they can escape from the trap. I'm not sure where Refractive Man is while this is happening. Maybe he's at the bar across the street, on a light bender.
This guy is channelling the nonchalantly unflappable bar guy at the beginning of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Only more nonchalantly.
Actually, I suppose if their submarine exceeds its crush depth, that could very quickly squeeze a lot of risk into a much smaller space.
Okay, the Death theme, after a long hiatus, is flying thick and fast now.
Death of Being Ground By A Mars Rover Rock Abrasion Tool was last seen way back in #452, being demoted to the role of Sat On By A Giant Frog, which is why he's here now.
2018-01-14 Rerun commentary: The obvious implication of this strip is that Leonardo is somehow still alive. Yep, Leonardo is so canny that he can outsmart even Death. I didn't particularly go anywhere further with this hint, but it's a nice thing to drop little backstory hints like this occasionally without explaining them further. Gives the fans something to speculate on.
Now I know that a nuclear reactor blowing up is not necessarily (and in fact very unlikely to be) a nuclear explosion in the traditional sense of the word. But James Stud is not so familiar with these technicalities.
2018-01-13 Rerun commentary: James Stud is referring (in the second panel) more or less to a dirty bomb, which is what this explosion would really be. James Stud is referring (in the third panel) to turning this story into an Adam and Eve plot. Fortunately there are no science fiction editors approving these comics before publication. (Read the article linked above for context.)
I think I've found my personality for Elspeth. Bugs Bunny.
I would have made the inn two storeys tall, but then either it wouldn't all fit in the photo, or the characters would be too small. Or maybe I was just a bit lazy. Lambert, by the way, demonstrates good use of the adage: "Flattery will only get you as far as the other person gives a stuff."
Interestingly, as of writing this annotation, the Wikipedia page on marsh gas redirects to methane, but the page on methane doesn't make any reference at all to marsh gas except as an alternative name. So there's no explanation of why it's called marsh gas, how it's generated in marshes, or its properties and behaviour in marshes. Which is a shame because it skips over the whole connection to Will-o'-the-wisps and all the strangeness that flows on from that, which is much cooler to think about for a fantasy setting than carbon tetrahydride.
2018-01-10 Rerun commentary: Marsh gas now has a separate Wikipedia page all to itself, albeit fairly short. Checking the page history, it seems the page was created in 2002, five years before this comic was originally published, but in 2004 the content was merged into natural gas and the link to "marsh gas" redirected there, followed by the redirect being changed to biogas in 2006, and then finally to methane in 2007, just a month before this comic's original publication and the writing of the above annotation. Since then, the page was revived as its own topic, removing the redirect, in 2012. Far be it from me to understand the whys and wherefores of Wikipedia editing. It's probably much like voting in a group of fantasy adventurers.