Let’s do launch! This week we’re serving up an intergalactic adventure from 1968 care of the hotel chain Howard Johnson, which gives a child friendly look at the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. John Sisson, on his blog Dreams of Space, recently scanned in a menu and comic book which was released by HoJo as a promotional tie-in, featuring iconic moments from the film.
You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack is the title of a new book by the British cartoonist Tom Gauld. Over the last eight years Gauld has been creating a weekly cartoon for The Guardian and this beautiful hardback book is a compendium of many of his best works. Released through the Canadian publishers Drawn and Quarterly, the book features plenty of cartoons which havn’t been seen outside of the UK before.
Canadian illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz has just released a new book called Destination X and it’s well worth checking out! Inspired by old pulp sci-fi novels, ghost stories and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Martz’s book is a fantastic sci-fi parable about obsession and single-mindedness.
The comic book tells the story of Sam, the grandson of a world-renowned space adventurer. Impressed by his grandfather’s tales of mysterious planets and alien romance, Sam decides to model his life on his grandfathers, stopping at nothing to fulfill what he believes to be his natural destiny — even if his grandfather’s stories aren’t true.
During stressful launches, NASA’s jet Propulsion Laboratory mission control eats handfuls of peanuts for good luck. Peanuts have been a part of space exploration for a long time. A dedicated reader passed along the above PeanutsSnoopy astronaut action figure: Snoopy was the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Program mascot (with the blessing of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz) and spoke out for flight safety. NASA even awards a “Silver Snoopy Award” to employees and contractors for outstanding human flight safety achievements.
Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan of Apollo X named their Lunar Module (LM) Snoopy. The Command Service Module was named Charlie Brown.
I came across this image from Mai the Psychic Girl by Ryoichi Ikegami and instantly fell in love. Part pop art, part manga, this image is stunning. Thankfully I was able to find this version which was redrawn by Gwendal Ugeuen and put on Flickr.