I wasn’t quite sure how to go about designing the robots roaming around the spaceport. Eventually I figured that since the planet is being abandoned by all non-natives and the flights off P57-Exodus are getting less frequent, the crew in the terminal would have to be down to the bare minimum to keep the venture financially sustainable. After all, InterStarline being a private company, its executives wouldn’t lose a night’s sleep over shutting down activity here if money wasn’t to be made anymore. The technical crew remains sentient, no matter what the circumstances. Poorly programmed robots have already displayed their aptitude for disaster earlier in this story (see Confrontation). In the world of Captain Wayne, robots are not designed to replace sentient beings of any race. They are purely designed to assist and carry out simple task or be consulted for information.
A few doodles later and I opted for the simplest of shapes for the bot we met in last Thursday’s comic. The final design has many hidden meanings but I will let your own imagination loose on this one. Let’s just say that its appearance reflects its personality. It’s sole purpose is to roam around the building and provide passengers with information relative to their trip. Their role is limited, which is why, in the heyday of Exopolis, the spaceport relied on a security crew for handling any “out of hand” situation. Nowadays, the spaceport relies on the Captains to deal with any sizeable trouble.
We’ll hopefully see more robots in this adventure, I can’t seem to get tired of drawing them. A little bit like spaceships, and flying cars and all that kind of stuff! I can guarantee you that we will be seeing lots of those too, sooner that later! But first, at little bit of quiet before the storm!
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