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Monday, March 10, 2008

WEBCOMIC: Melonpool


Webcomic URL: http://www.melonpool.com/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://www.melonpool.com/melonpoolrss.xml

Artist/Author: Steve Troop
Updates: Monday thru Friday

"For most of its history Melonpool was a daily webcomic in black and white (not grayscale), with a simple line art/India ink art style and 4-panel format reminiscent of classic newspaper strips such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. Larger and frequently coloured Sunday comics were also produced.

The comic parodies many popular television shows, movies and other cultural phenomena, such as Back to the Future, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Jetsons, and Gilligan's Island. Although it has a strong story arc, most strips end with a punchline.

The strip was originally set on Earth as we know it, where the Steel Duck had crashed. After repairing the ship the crew hoped to get to the star system containing Melotia and Zinobop. However, circumstances repeatedly prevented this occurring, and the crew find themselves on earth most of the time, forcing them to try and assimilate into earth society with varying degrees of success.

...The strip also frequently references Star Wars, frequently featuring the 'rejected characters', especially No-Da, Yoda's brother, who uses the grey side of the force.

A time travelling VW bug was invented by Ralphie and since then time travel has been a mainstay of the strip. It appears to adhere roughly to the rules of the Back to the Future movies, though the resulting chalkboard diagrams are far more complicated, many, many alternate universes have been created by the crew's irresponsible temporal ventures. It is revealed in the final time travel storyline that so many alternate timelines were created by this that the multiverse effectively collapsed."

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melonpool

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