I always liked those daily serialized comics, didn’t you? Pity we don’t have a newspaper industry anymore to support them.
This was another comic I put together with actual honest-to-gosh pen and ink while working for the Texas Rawhide. I had an old Flash Gordon comic book that I cribbed to get that black-on-white retro look for the illustration.
When I showed it to the editor, he replied, “That’s raw. We’ll publish that when we can afford a lawsuit.” Which is my best rejection from an editor to date.
Of course nowadays I’m way too mature to publish ass-jokes.
Here we are, episode five, the final installment of the Pizza Robots saga (unless there’s a huge outpouring of people caring, which I don’t anticipate), where we discover the whole point of the previous episodes, and sketch out the outline of a future narrative that will never be.
Is this sexist? You tell me.
This is pretty much a narratively interstitial episode where the Pizza Robots comment on the only thing in their universe.
I had in my mind that the pizza cruiser was an ordinary pizza delivery vehicle, but super-large. But looking at it now, it looks more like the delivery car is about actual size, and the pizza robots are just the size of normal pizzas.
Also, did you catch the bit with the beam? That’s a pun.
After two episodes of tedious world-building we finally get some of that robot on food-mutant violence that we’ve been waiting for.
Now that we have a better view of the pizza robots themselves, we can see the outlines of the characters they will probably never become. You can differentiate them by the differing robot-antenna design as well as the differing pizza toppings. Supreme of course has all the available toppings. That’s what makes him a leader. Meanwhile, Meat Lover has a lot of meat toppings and is ostensibly female, which you can tell because of the eyelashes. I think I had planned an unrealized subplot about her coming out as a cross-dressing robot. Then, Peppy, the pepperoni pizza, is the undisciplined clown of the operation.
So remember how the Circle and Almost Circle comics took a dumb premise and ran with it? That’s kinda what’s going on here. That’s why there’s not only were-fries, but were-curly-fries too.
A couple of points about this that bear mentioning. You will notice that the landscape is identical to that from Circle and Almost Circle. It’s just a randomly tilting horizon line with some skulls and a cow to let you know that it’s post apocalyptic.
Also, looking at it now, the dialogue balloon differentiation between the “robot voice” jagged line and the “communicator voice” jagged balloon box seems pretty inane.
I’m not sure why I originally thought this would be a good idea. Perhaps I had some inclination that this would be a great idea for a syndicated cartoon for teens, because if there’s two things that teens like, it’s pizza and robots, so putting the two of them together ought to be an awesome start for some comic characters, right?
The comics are formatted to fit the pages of Space Squid, but I don’t think that any of these actually made it into an issue, and you know how low the standards of Space Squid are. So that’s got to tell you something.
Also, you can tell this takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape because of the skulls and the talking french fries. Sorry, I think those are were-fries, but that’s world building for another comic strip.
Because I like you, I’m not going to make you sit through a different post for every one of these comics. For some reason, I went down to the photocopy shop, and ran off a bunch of actual sheets of paper and inked in different dialogue for each template. Even at the time it would have been easier to use a digital alternative. And why the kangaroo? Because every joke needs a kangaroo if you ask me.