The revelation in today’s strip was, for me anyway, the absolute best part of this storyline. When I figured out how Petey did what he did, what HAD been a hodgepodge of plot-device compromises suddenly solidified in much the same way supercooled water will solidify if you drop an ice-cube into it.
For the record, I arrived at the “organic-Petey” conclusion in the exact same way I describe Kevyn arriving at it. You start from “what is the easiest way to suborn at Superfortress?” I HAD been trying to dream up ANOTHER way, but every time I did I ended up punching holes in other plotlines. Man, that was frustrating. And then the epiphany. The ice-cube-drop. PLOP-SKKKKRRRRRKKK. Wow.
I hope you guys enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Now, with that out of the way, I’m up to my eyeballs in my new “Ovalkwiki.” Note the exra “i” at the end. It’s a wiki (hyperlinked, editable encyclopedia) of the Schlockiverse, and I’m using it to ensure consistency for Book IV. See, Book IV has to be framed almost all the way to the end before I can draw any further than about October 10th — otherwise all the fun revelations, plot-twists, character arcs, and the like will collide rather than colluding.
It’s working wonderfully. Sure, it’s going to be a much darker story than Book III has been (and Book III ends six days from now), but I PROMISE you’ll love the ride. I’ve been planning this for YEARS now, and I finally have all the pieces in place and the artistic chops to pull it off.