Here's everything you might need to know about "Moon Freight 3."
Q. So what's this "Moon Freight 3" about, anyway?
A. "Moon Freight 3" is a sci-fi/comedy webcomic about a man named Larry Forrest and a robot named Bolts, who work on a cargo inspection station named "Moon Freight 3." It's my vision about what life will be like for the average Joe in the future.
Q. How often do you update?
A. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Q. How far into the future does this series take place?
A. At this point in our history, humanity has colonized the solar system but hasn't made it farther out than that. They have not made contact with any alien species, if any even exist.
Q. So who are these guys Larry and Bolts, anyway?
A. Larry is your typical guy in his 20s who graduated college and immediately got himself stuck in a job he doesn't particularly care for when he needed a job and couldn't afford to be choosy. He's a smart guy but spends most of his time watching TV and generally being bored and cynical. At the start of the strip he had been on Moon Freight 3 for a year, having moved there right after college. Bolts is a robot built and programmed for work aboard an inspection station. He was turned on about a month before Moon Freight 3 became an active station.
Q. Are there any other characters we should care about?
A. Yeah, but they come and go as the stories dictate. Larry and Bolts are the guys we focus on the most.
Q. Are you one of those cartoonists who makes his main character a thinly-veiled version of himself?
A. No. I consciously designed Larry to be different than me for just that reason.
Q. Oh come on. Even your names sound kind of the same. Luke Foster, Larry Forrest… who are you trying to kid?
A. The similarity between our names is coincidental. I tried to pick a very ordinary-sounding name for Larry to emphasize his everyman aspects. His name was originally Larry Rivers, but then I discovered that's the name of an artist/moviemaker from the 1920s, so it got changed to Forrest because forests and rivers are both part of nature.
Q. So there's no similarity between you and Larry at all?
A. All right, I admit there is one: he and I both agree that Natalie Portman is the most beautiful woman to ever walk the Earth. Other than that, no way.
Q. So is this comic a one-man show?
A. For the most part, yes. The logo was designed by my best friend, and Comic Genesis created the templates for the main page and archives, but I do all the writing and drawing and as much web coding as I understand.
Q. I didn't know you were an artist.
A. That's not a question. But you're not the first person to bring that up. I drew a lot when I was younger, but that fell by the wayside as I got older and focused on writing. But I really wanted to do a comic, so I had to teach myself how to do it again. This has been a rewarding learning process, but the lessons are far from over. So please, be gentle for now.
Q. Science fiction is for nerds and losers. Am I gonna understand this comic even if I don't like science fiction, or am I gonna have to beat you up for being different from me?
A. First of all, lighten up. You have some serious issues left over from high school. Second of all, you should have no problem with this. The comedy is the most important part of the strip. The science fiction is written in as naturally as I can make it fit, and hopefully emphasizes, not detracts from, the comedy.
Q. What else should I know?
A. I think you know enough to get started. If you like the strip, tell your friends. If you hate it, tell your enemies.
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