Many things for this one:
a) the punchline may only work for me or my family, since we liked "Top Secret!", the unsuccessful film in the vein of "Airplane!" which starred a young Val Kilmer. Hell, if you listen to the commentary track, even the people involved seemed to dislike it. Anyhow, the joke's based on a scene from it, and you can find it at 3:03 to 3:13 of this youtube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLU4HCWeZjI&feature=related
b) I like the slight reflection of Lady M (played by Secret Agent Judi Dench) in the backdrop of the first panel.
c) those of you who know your Lego minifigs will likely have noticed that the Lady M torso is from the last year's "Drawbridge Defense" set and does not feature licensed character flesh tones. I'd love to find a way to do it with a fill, but this was done with a simple colour capture from the face and then applied to all that yellow. I think it turned out okay. I'm not sure how often Lady M will be rocking the decollatage...
Guests: Captain Redstorm from "Nerds in Space" and Squidman from "Tranquility Base." My efforts to replicate the dialect for Squidman saying "even" may have come out a little close to "effing" for some's tastes, but this was unintended. (The meaning's not really lost, at least.)
I think the recoloring looks decent enough. The first panel is indeed great and the lines were a pleasure to read.
Squidman is hilarious speaking like that once again. As if he's some sort of carriage driver from 19th century London, instead of an alien. Thanks for having me in the audience again. :)
I'm finding that the legible comics - with fewer panels - are oddly the more successful sometimes. And I liked the effect of having her stand in the open like that. The stage is fine for three, maybe four, but five leads to crowding it seems.
And you're welcome for the placement in the audience, but it's no trouble to have you talking. I'm trying to share out the quips and responses equitably with the guest stars, after all.
You're not the only one who liked Top Secret. That's an under-rated film if you ask me.
Yay! Backup on the film! It's really got some inspired lunacy - the number of times I've nearly used "How can be be sure that you're not Mel Torme?" in everyday conversation is enough to make me giggle at the very thought. (And the fact that it turns out that Mel Torme is fantastic is just extra fun.)
Yeah, that big, open panel look is a nice change of pace. Maybe I'll give it a try.