401 – Palace Descending

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  1. Dierna

    Da president got smooshed!! Good thing it’s an election year… :P

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Just to be clear… SuperFogeys takes place in 2007. Not quite an election year, but close.

      • JE Draft

        So – the sound effect should have been …



        • Brock Heasley
          Brock Heasley

          I went back and forth on including a SFX. Ultimately, obviously, I opted not to do it. Not only would it have covered up Marc’s great art, but I think the visual communicates the sound just fine. As you just proved, JE!

  2. Si Civa
    Si Civa

    I always wonder why aliens attack White House instead of Pentagon.

    As an European, however, I’m actually quite happy that aliens go to America first. Gives us time to do… to do.. to do absolutely nothing about it?

    • Bryan

      That’s a good question!

      • Brock Heasley
        Brock Heasley

        Aliens go to America because it’s the center of the universe. Now you know!

        • Scott

          If the aliens were actually smart they’d take out China first as it would cripple the economies of the rest of the world and if they did it right it would simultaneously give them a massive army of foot-soldiers who are already familiar with the territory.

  3. gnrrrg

    I knew Independence Day had it all wrong. Just smush the old stuff out o the way and no need to clean up the rubble to rebuild – that’s advanced alien thinking for you.

  4. Scott

    I’m with @gnrrrg — makes a lot more sense to do that. They get to keep the garden and everything that way.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      And what alien invader doesn’t love a beautiful garden?

  5. JE Draft

    Excellent art, wonderfully evocative and beautifully realized in the four-panel format.

    That said, I have to say, at the risk of all the kids calling me a cranky pants, I am not one who cares for darker, more serious themes when I’m looking for entertainment and escape in comics – especially when a comic first attracted me by not being dark and serious. Also, the giant, epic, cosmic world-spanning story arc that draws in every super or semi-super in the comic’s pantheon is something that the corporate comics have been doing over and over for the past few years with depressing regularity, and I don’t enjoy it anymore. I think it has the tendency to be very fatiguing after the first few months and the first few giant “soul-shattering” climaxes and deaths and semi-deaths of Major Character. Also, trying to include everything on such a grand scale runs the risk of losing the focus on what I most enjoy from this comic, which is the smaller, human-scaled interactions. Much of the reason why Swifty and Sam are such favorites is simply because they are very human, very fallible and working against their own crippling weaknesses with, at times, touching courage and real heroism.

    So – just my two sheckles. I hope all my trepidation is unwarranted.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I hope so too, JE. In any case, I thank you for this comment. It’s a good thing to keep in mind as I go forward with this story.

      The nice thing is, I’m not crossing over with any other comics. I get to keep it tight and focused on the characters. There’s no turning back, but you offer a good reminder of what SF is really about. I think you’ll be pleased by where this story. I hope you are.

    • Scott

      We knew this was coming ever since a desperate Swifty kept popping in and out of the time stream.

      • JE Draft


        But Swifty’s never been trying to save the world. He’s just trying to save one soul, one love, one possible happy ending at the very tail end of his very long life, and do it totally on his own terms. Ultimately, I think that’s really all he wants to do. And the tragedy that, to me, dwarfs all the grand call to adventure, the giant enemy space fleet, the crushed marble and crushed lives on Pennsylvania Avenue and the giant-chested costumed heroes that will, of course, rise theatrically to meet it amid epic special effects and explosions is that he seems doomed to fail. Star Maiden’s true nature, at least as we’ve seen it revealed in flashback, is a flint-hearted vindictive sociopath who is a stranger to the simple concept of human love. Something in her was maimed very early on. Now, it seems it would take a miracle to get her back among the angels.

        Still –

        Berenger: Oh, but now you will tell me that God’s reach is farther than man’s.”

        Cadfael: It had better be. Otherwise we’re all lost.

        So – there it is.

  6. tmcelmurry

    Now that’s how you make an entrance.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Is there any chance no one noticed? (Well, except combover guy up there.)

  7. Tyler Heasley

    As demeaning as it may sound, no one draws dirt like Marc. Seriously, I could probably do with a picture of Marc’s dirt on my office wall.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I completely understand what you’re saying.

  8. Heather

    LOVE it. I actually heard the noise!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Sweet! That’s what we were hoping for!

  9. Daniel Elliott

    Awesome looking palace/ship!

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