Grey bubble - Phonzey
Purple - K.B.
White - Secret Agent Dench
Yellow - Robert B. Crow
Blue - Admiral Nelson
There's a few things name-dropped here that you'll have to look up if you want more info to "get" this one.
Allegedly, someone else or many people or Christopher Marlowe or Sir Walter Raleigh or... most every person alive in the late 1500s and early 1600s wrote Shakespeare's stuff.
There was a huge fight over calculus and its creation between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. I've put a loopy spin on things, but not that loopy - Newton was obsessed by alchemy and deciphering the deeper meanings of the Bible. Most of what little I know comes from reading "The Baroque Cycle" by Neal Stephenson a few times. This is one area of my historical knowledge that could use some shoring up.
It's all a bit hard to follow, especially when there is a second comic interspersed with the main comic. Perhaps you could explain some more of it so we can "get" it?
A big part of a good comic is making it something that's easily understood by all. If you can find a medium ground in the text of the characters that does that, maybe we can understand things a lot better.
lol. Jango Fett is much improved, just by uttering "Have at thee, coward!" The prequels could be way better if set in the medieval/renaissance era.
Actually, it's very well known that all of Shakespeare's plays were written by a sequestered nun in southern France. Calculus came to be when Maynard Ivegotnothingelsetodo accidently dropped an abacas into a well. These are all completely well documented, accurately fabricated facts.
@Dennis - I love "accurately fabricated facts." That's a lovely turn of phrase.
@Redstorm - It's astonishing how often properly, potentially iconic characters were mis-handled in the prequels. I suppose that's almost of a piece with so many other things, but it's just odd. As for the medieval - it's easy enough to make the mental leap as a fan to say "Oh, the war was rough on business and industry and most things were shuttered and people had to repair their own gear" to explain the grungier look of the tech in the original trilogy when compared to the prequels... but there's not even an attempt to hand-wave it yet. It would have made more sense to make things simpler for the prequels. I suppose if the episode 3.5 film/show is made, but still.
@Brickvoid - All good critical notes. I'm sort of playing with three issues at once here.
One, this is a season where I've not got a lot of access to my Lego for various reasons, so I've been falling back on this "watching my earliest comic strips/origin of Carlos" motif. That should end soon.
Two, there's two sorts of conversations going on - one is very "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" with the characters making fun of the comic and reacting to it, and the other is the series regulars letting slip with some background information (since we didn't know K.B. had been a teacher before).
Three, there are a few jokes about different alternate timelines at work here. After all, Kenneth Branagh (in our reality that we live in) is a noted actor and director, not a former-teacher-turned-criminal-actor-from-a-world-where-Leibniz-developed-modern-science. To hint at his difference, I've changed up the history of their science and also thrown in the quip about the writer of Shakespeare's plays for good measure.
Hm. Long explanation. I thought most of that was evident in the storyline to date or by reading between the lines here, but I've often been wrong. I'll never claim to be a master comic maker, but I am an excellent critic and reader. (I just hope I've not killed all humour by parsing everything here!) The surest way for me to improve things would be to create things well in advance of their due date, but I don't have that kind of time, alas.
For more of my criticism and discussion of how comics can work (from discussing a master), I've been reviewing Scott McCloud's "Making Comics" on the Brick Comic Network.
And to see the "viewed comics" on their own, go to http://kidmeta.thecomicseries.com/