The Erotic FAQ of SPACE BABE 113

An image of Space Babe 113
Here are some answers to questions people have asked me at conventions, plus some answers to questions they didn't ask but I wanted to discuss anyway.....

Q. Why does the latest Space Babe 113 comic have a fold-out cover?

When looking for printing options recently, I notived a company that could do a DVD booklet with a fold-out cover. I hadn't seen any comics in that format, so I was immediately consumed by a burning desire use it.

Q. Is she drawn in that style to get round some censorship problems?

No, the comic looks like that because I wanted to explore using abstract, stylised characters in story telling.
Besides, the nature of the stories would make it look silly if she was e.g. photo-realistic (assuming I could draw it like that).

Q. Why is she Space Babe 113, not just Space Babe?

In Space Babe's world, everyone has generic or abstract names. In order to distinguish each other, they append the last few digits of their citizen's id number to their name.

...and of course, it is an old SF cliche that people have numbers in their names, going back at least as far as Hugo Gernsback.

Q. How do you pronounce "113"?

I say one-one-three, you may say tomato...

Q. Is it a continuing story?

Yes - the main story arc takes 9 issues. After that, I've a few more Space Babe 113 stories in mind, so she may yet meet Dr. Cojones...
Each issue is pretty much self-contained, though issue 2 ends with a cliff-hanger, as does issue 6.

Q. Why do her knickers talk?

some panels from issue 2, page 22 ( modified and tinted blue here ) - space babe's knickers discuss their capabilities
Space Babe wears standard-issue European Space Force knickers, equiped with on-board artificial intelligence. Her knickers can perform the functions of a PDA, manage her e-mail, calender etc. Also, they have access to built-in sensors, monitor her health and can connect to various wireless networks.

Q. Why are all the panels the same size and all the pages the same layout?

I'm glad you asked that....

One day, I was looking for some gift-wrapping paper and I noticed that there were a number of designs built from squares, placed in a rectangular grid.

Having read Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, I immediately recognised that it was an example of visual images juxtaposed in deliberate sequence - i.e. a comic by his definition.

OK, it wasn't a very interesing comic: there were only a few different panels, repeated indefinitely down and across the page and all were abstract designs, not illustrations. However, it was easy to imagine sheets of gift-wrap paper containing actual stories.

Not knowing anything about the wrapping-paper industry, I didn't take the idea any further but remembered it when I started thinking about doing the Space Babe comic. Initially I intended to make the pages be like fragments of the wrapping-paper - they would be grids of square panels, maybe 7 across. That would suit the first part of the story I was working on ( some of the stuff that will be in issue 3 ), however I quickly realised that:

  • It probably wouldn't suit all the rest of the story.
  • maybe the panels would be too small.
  • I'd have to do far too much drawing.
I also hoped it would give the comic a "relentless" feeling and suit the abstract ( OK, cartoony ) nature of the artwork.

....and besides, if I'd tried to do use a more "usual" approach, I would probably have spent so long worrying about layouts, I'd never have had the confidence to get past the first few pages.

Q. What format is Space Babe 113?

So far, the first 9 issues are "US comic with the top chopped off" - roughly the same size as Berlin by Jason Lutes.

I've recently been experimenting with DVD booklet sized comics.

Q. Do you work digitally? What software do you use?

The Space Babe artwork is created with the aid of a PDA and PC - see information here.

Q. Will Space Babe go out with me?

some panels from issue 1, page 16 ( modified and tinted blue here ) - Space Babe reveals she promised to stay faithful after getting drunk at her leaving party

Q. It's just a load of T & A, isn't it?

Well, yeah, I can see how it might look like that but I hope there's more to it.
Check the reviews here by Win (creator of Salamander Dance) amongst others.

Q. Are you a fan of Junko Mizuno?

Yes, I love her stuff, it's dark, sexy, cute and stylish.