Comic Strips: Among the Stars


 

This latest comic strip is the last for the school year.   As in the previous years I placed every student in the comic and gave him or her all a final farewell message.   I also gave the school a copy for the year book they give to the graduating class.  Well they loved it, as did the grade 5’s.  I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.

In the first year I positioned them in a class photo layout.  I the second it was a collection of different looks and costumes to represent the different people you might meet in life.  With this years group I wanted something fun and close to my personality.  I wasn’t sure what theme to put them into but once I saw a movie I knew what I wanted. 

If you do not know I have been a life long Star Trek fan and the latest movie inspired me to create this comic.  I thought how could I incorporate this into the comic, then it hit me.  I heard of a quote to “Always shoot for the Moon.  Even if you miss you will land among the stars.”  This was the quote I needed to inspire me. 

I took all the characters for the year, fixed them up a bit and placed Star Trek logos on the shirts.  However, I wanted a bit more.  The tall girl in the centre was drawn in that pose and I knew I could make her add a bit more to the picture.  Therefore, I redrew her hand into the shape of the Vulcan salute.  You know the one when Spock holds up his hand and says “Live Long and Prosper”.  

Well she added a great touch to the comic but I needed something else for the background or setting.  That is when I remembered the space shuttles.  Everyone thinks that Nasa had only five shuttles in the program.  Columbia was the first, Challenger number two, Discovery, Atlantis and finally Endeavour.  But in reality there were six with the prototype before Columbia.  It was called Enterprise, named after the ship from the original Star Trek series. 

If you look closely, you can see the Enterprise in the background and the children standing in front of it.  A fitting tribute to the children boldly going and being among the stars.

 I hope you all enjoy it and good luck graduating class. 

Pg10g01

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