My husband and I went to see the movie “Gravity” last weekend. I consider myself a fairly adventurous person; I’ve done my share of rock climbing, mountain biking, zip-lining, etc. And I LOVE a speedboat! Space travel was something I never considered as an option, and “Gravity” did not make me think, “Hey, I’d really like to try that!” I was impressed with how impermeable their suits were in relation to how much they were getting flung up against stuff like the International Space Station. If I’m going to space, I want that suit.
I prefer the comic strip version of space -- the one where you get into a cardboard box with your best friend after your homework is finished. There’s just enough time for an adventure before dinner, and then you get to sleep in your own bed.
Some of my favorites come from Red and Rover. I’m partial to the strips that show Rover’s tail sticking out of the exhaust hole in the rocket! And I definitely want to be on the warm chocolate chip cookie mission to space.
I was surprised to find this bit of comic foreshadowing from 1997. SPOILER ALERT: this is basically the plot of “Gravity.”
Probably most astronauts would enjoy the moniker Photogenic Space Stud.
Here’s a failed attempt at money-saving options for NASA.
If you’re a true comics geek, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Surely you didn’t think I forgot.
Calvin and Hobbes is the consummate example of comics about space travel. I picked a single day from a series that ran Sept. 13 through Oct. 1, 1988. My choice below represents classic Calvin and Hobbes to me. Start here, and take a few minutes to view this whole space series for yourself.
-- The Intern