October 19, 2013
Commentary for October 19, 2013:
Who is in the mysterious spaceship?! And what is that mysterious gateway it has arrived through? If you ever read Eon's Comic back in the day, you may have an idea, but for everyone else, there's only one way to find out...!
Addendum for October 5, 2019:
In order to bring the format of the earlier chapters into line with Chapter 7 onwards, I’ve made an updated version of this page, which is larger, with clearer text. Hopefully, this will make the earlier chapters easier to read.
Eon, blind partisan that he is (sic), has already long since decided which way he's voting, whereas Delta has taken a little more time to seriously consider the options. Now, when I originally wrote this chapter, six years ago, Marcellino was on the far left, not a centrist as he now is in the revised script, and I thought it would be an interesting dynamic to have these two best friends and comrades not necessarily agree over who is the best candidate for progressive leadership of the Terran Union. It wouldn’t have led to blows, as it would have been a respectable position to take. Eon might think it’s not necessarily a strategically sound choice, but he’d at least respect that Delta wasn’t thinking of voting for an objectively terrible candidate.
With the revised script, however, there could really be no question by this point as to whom Delta planned on voting for, given the kind of woman she is. She’s economically left-wing, socially libertarian, and she believes in freedom and justice for all. Of course she’s voting for Sally. Eon wouldn’t think twice about it, given he’s friends with Sally and campaigned for her back in 3233, like Neverman said, but Delta doesn’t really know her. So she did the responsible thing of researching all of her options before making a decision.
This is all part of simplifying the politics in these early chapters since, as I mentioned previously, I’d planned a much more involved political arc, but quickly abandoned the idea. Part of the changes I’ve made to this page (and, indeed, this chapter) is that the conference is a Conservative Party conference, whereas it was originally a Martian Libertarian Party conference, and to add to the complexity of the story, Earth and Mars still had completely different parties, but they were making coalitions with their closest counterparts to better contest every seat in the election as a unified force. It was all very complex and fascinating to the politics junky I used to be, but needlessly opaque to readers. There’s a throwaway line coming about how Mars’s old Libertarian Party has merged with the Conservatives, but that is the only reference to the politics of Mars as I conceived of them about ten years ago in the closing months of Eon’s Comic.
But I digress. This is a very longwinded way of saying I changed the image on the screen in panel 3 to make it more about Harry Neverman than it was originally.
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