Answers to Ask Me (Almost) Anything

This article was originally published on 5th May 2012.

Author AvatarIn celebration of reaching 400 episodes of Tranquility Base comic, I invited you to ask me (almost) anything, and some of you did. So, here are my answers.

There were a variety of questions covering aspects of the comic story, being a LEGO fan and even a couple of questions for the characters. So, I've split the questions up by topic, rather than by individual questioner.

Plot Related

Some of you were trying to find out about the plot of the comic, it's implications and possible future directions.

So, what was the original version of Tranquility Base like in your head? [~ Drew]
Much, much bigger, with an elaborate monorail network, a massive spaceport, tall communication towers and biodomes everywhere. Ok, it still does have those things, but you're unlikely to ever see them in the comic!
Considering the fact that the plot involving the Evil Author Avatar concerned many of the major characters (Slog comes to mind), how have their memories been affected now that the Fourth Wall has been reestablished? Do they not remember it at all? Do they remember it differently? Did the plot even happen? [~ Eddy847]
Hmm... how do I answer this? If you recall, Hudson was offered the choice of pressing the "reset" button before the fourth wall was closed (ep. #360). In typical Star Trek: Voyager fashion, the reset would have meant that the Evil Author Avatar plot (and subsequent effects) never happened - although the timey-wimeyness would have happened, because Anderson built his time machine before all of that and it didn't involve the fourth wall breakage. However, the reset button never got pressed (and we don't know if Hudson would have done it), so all those events still happened -- they are just remembered slightly differently by everybody except Hudson. I felt it was important that at least one person knew what really happened, otherwise it means nothing. As to what they remember, I'm going to keep that vague for now.
Episode #360
Episode #360 - But... that just raises more questions
Will Z Ships return? [~ never too old for lego]
Yes. One day. I'm not putting a time-scale on it though!

LEGO/AFOL Related

Then there were those of you who wanted to know what sort of LEGO fan I am.

What is your all-time favourite minifig of production sets? / Do you already own that minifig, or are you trying to get it? [~ BrickVoid]
Brick Daddy: Intergalactic Space Pimp Oh man, this is like Sophie's Choice! Obviously I have a massive affection for the simple Classic Spaceman, but the newer figs that have come out in the last few years have really been exceptionally awesome. So, if I'm pushed, I have to say that right now, at this moment, my favourite all-time minifigure is... Squidman, from the Space Police 3 theme. As soon as I saw him when the SP3 sets were released, I knew I had to have him in my comic! Brick Daddy, Intergalactic Space Pimp, comes a very close second. Do you really need to ask if I own the figs?
Do you have an all-time favourite set? / Do you already own that set, or are you trying to get it? [~ BrickVoid]
My all-time favourite set is, and will likely always be, 6990 Monorail Transport System from 1987. Yes I do already own that set, it's the same set I had as a kid (along with the extra accessory track). I've obviously added to it as an adult.
Monorail!
Monorail in SPACE!
[Image from Peeron.com]

Questions for Tranquility Base Characters

Finally, I had some questions for specific characters (forwarded by Dr. Legostar, author of Legostar Galactica), so I'll let them answer in their own words...

To Squidman: "From what species exactly are these eggs you sold me?" [From: Gary, Starship Muffin]
Squidman Gary, mate! Err, i's like this - th' bloke I bought 'em off wasn't sure wot species, but sez 'e found 'em on sum sort ov plane'oid wen 'e was pilot o' the Nostromo. 'E sez you 'av t'cook 'em quickly or they go bad... very bad. 'E also sez tha' they taste like chicken. [~ Squidman]
To: Prime Minister Hudson: "What do you take for the migraines your people give you?" [From: Captain Robert Smith, Starship Muffin]
River Hudson Greetings, Captain. I find that the application of a large heavy object to the head helps a lot. Oh, no, it doesn't get rid of my migraine, but it does give the migraine-giver their own headache, which makes me feel much, much better! Also a couple of paracetamol, a mug of strong coffee and a bar of dark chocolate really helps too. Say "hi" to Shauna for me! [~ Hudson xoxo]

Thank you for your questions everybody! I hope my answers were satisfactory?