The saga of The Last Mystical Legend of the Fantastic Fantasy Trigger Star
continues...BONUS DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY
-This is the first appearance of the series main antagonist, the wicked Black Licorice. He's a walking parody of the armored supervillains of many early-mid 90's video game RPGs. I think he was inspired most by Golbez of Final Fantasy IV and the Magic Emperor of Lunar: Silver Star Story.
-This is also the first appearance of BL's gay henchmonkey's, Pork & Beans. In the prototype of this series (from my Severed Limbs Studios days), they were human. I changed the duo to apes to make them more interesting and because I imagine Black Licorice to not care much for humans (unless they're his idol, Ronald Reagan and his posse).
-Speaking of vaguely political humor, this strip was written during the build up to the current Iraq War, so the joke was kind of a nod to that. I try to avoid politics and current events in any of my work, but sometimes it creeps in if I deem it funny and/or bizarre enough (as is the case with the naked Capitalist faeries that appear later in the series).
-As much as I like the "burning panel" gag, I tried to avoid this kinda thing as the series went on as to make the whole thing easier to read and to limit the fourth wall breaking. This was still a lot of fun though.