Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Rex Edition
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"Now that we're going into Rexford's past, I'm wondering whether he has any sort of personal life? I know Rex is the workaholic type, but he has to have something to do when he's not cleaning up after everyone's mistakes." -Yarrun
Rex certainly has his secret interests outside of his "official" Committee and corporate dealings, but it's all a part of the same big picture. He's obsessed with his vision for the world, his role in it, and his responsibility to it... almost everything he does is to further his agenda or expand his influence. (And as we're seeing in the current story, he's very disconnected from whatever life he might have had before those things took over.)
I think the closest Rex gets to taking time for himself is allowing for small vanities like the retrieval of his old missing tooth.
"Why is that Committee member in panel six of this comic wearing a top hat -- originally popularized in the 1700s—when the rest of the Committee is garbed from the Elizabethan Era? Is the clothing of the Underground (much like the technology) significantly more advanced and fashionable than that of the surface? Is that style of hat a personal invention of that Committee member? Did his fashion choices influence the stylistic decisions of the Committee's status quo enforcement centuries later?" -Dawson
That's not actually a top hat! It's a top hat-shaped growth. The top hat was originally created when a hatmaker misinterpreted a portrait of that Committee member centuries later. True story!
In seriousness, I threw it in there because I wanted it to be a little vague about exactly when this flashback took place. I don't want to get too bogged down with the specific dates and details of the S&F universe's alternate North American history, because that's not really the sort of comic I'm writing here. But yes, as most of the clothing would suggest, my thinking is that this is sometime in the late 1500s or early 1600s.
"Your "weekend breaks" between comics seem to always be perfectly timed cliffhangers. Are you conscious of that when you're planning a run?" -Lee
Honestly, not really! But it certainly seems to happen a lot, so... maybe it's unconscious? Then again, I suppose with my update schedule, any crazy cliffhanger that crops up has around a one in three chance of landing on a Friday. And I do tend to have a lot of cliffhangers to spread around!
That's a wrap for this week, team. Come back on Monday for our next comic!