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Around 6-7 years ago I had the idea to do a fan comic based on Mystery Science Theater 3000. I scanned in a page of a ridiculous old comic book I had (pixelated out here to protect the guilty; it’s a mainstream book under copyright) and proceeded to give it a bit of MST3K treatment. After trying a few different options I came up with this layout scheme, enabled by vastly increasing the whitespace between panel rows to make room for the audience; I think it’s sufficiently within the MST3K spirit while limiting the amount of the original comic blocked by my ‘bots and keeping their word balloons (wordless and not the final design in this example) easily distinguishable from the comic’s own.
The comic, like the movies in genuine MST3K, would feature host segments set on the Satellite of Love bookending and interrupting the experiment. I decided to just use the ‘bots, without Mike or Joel, for a few reasons; three characters proved just too crowded in the “theater” both spatially and narratively, Crow and Servo’s classic interplay practically writes itself, and the geometrically-composed ‘bots are so much simpler to do relatively few stock illustrations of which I could then easily tweak into any pose I need. I took the Filmation/Hanna-Barbera limited animation route, inspired by my old pals at Sealab 2021, to cut way down on the amount of grunt work; humans just don’t survive that process as well as ‘bots, a fact far more evident in my host-segment illustrations than these silhouettes.
This is one of many projects I started and got really excited about ages ago, but ended up putting on the back burner. I’ve always really wanted to dive back into this one, though; I think it’s got lots of potential, and I don’t just mean for lawsuits.
Speaking of which, I should mention that although these illos are my doing, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and all related stuff is ©Best Brains, Inc., who have always been delightfully blase’ and non-litigious regarding nonprofit fan works.