Daily Archives: April 6, 2010
When not blogging about webcomics, I am often found hanging around comments sections discussing the finer points of Star Trek: The Next Generation*. That’s right people: I am a super cool and suave dude. In between tried and true discussions — such as whether Wesley Crusher or Deanna Troi were lamer, or if that Reading Rainbow behind-the-scenes look at TNG was the best episode or the best episode EVER — someone brought up a highly relevant question: how come on a starship of over 400 people, we never see the enlisted men?
Star Trek likes to pretend that their squeaky clean utopia of the future has no blue collar joes. But who cleans the Jeffries tubes? Who mops the floors? Don’t say robots, because in the future of TNG it turns out Data is an unreplicatable piece of work.
While the sci-fi working class more or less gets ignored in the Star Trek universe, they do tend to get their due in webcomics. I reviewed Jump Leads a year-and-a-half-ago, about two somewhat low level grunts on an inter-dimensional immigration office.
Today, we visit another set of blue collar working stiffs in Steve Ogden’s Moon Town, a comic that follows the adventures of an unfortunate security officer and a team of world-weary miners.