For those of you who don’t know what game is being referenced, it’s Mass Effect. I make analogs for franchises, rather than just using them outright, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, if you say you’re referencing something you have to live up to people’s expectations about whatever that might be. Making an analog gives you room to mess things up as much as you want, while still being able to comment about the thing you really want to. I don’t want to have to look up how to draw Garrus every few pages. He’s too hard to draw accurately without reference. This way I can just slap a Dragonballesque alien whenever I need one, and it does take me a million years to get right. It also shields you from litigious companies. It’s doubtful that EA would ever take notice of my comic anyway, but on the off chance they did I could skirt away under the cloak of parody. Another reason is that directly referencing something like a video game chains your work to a point in time. There will always be games like Mass Effect, but by not making the game Mass Effect the comic itself is allowed to keep sliding along the timeline.
I’m not even going to pretend like I don’t find petulant Carol adorable. The idea that she’s been sitting there, watching Thomas ride the fence across the galaxy, getting more and more annoyed, is like candy to me. She is an adorable little tyrant, silently fuming over the mistreatment of humans until she has to say something.