In 2005, webcartoonist Kris Straub published the first iterations of Starslip Crisis. The daily webcomic bridged science fiction and comedy to create increasingly complex and engaging storylines. At first, Straub named the comic Starshift Crisis, but a potential copyright issue forced him to rename the comic. Set in the year 3440, the comic takes place on a ship called the Fuseli, a luxury battle cruiser that was conveted into a museum ship featuring art from the 20th and 21st Centuries. In the comic, the main characters use the aptly named “Starslip drive” to shift between parallel universes, switching places with copies of themselves. Throughout its duration, Starslip Crisis explores and satirizes common science fiction themes such as the crapshoot of artificial intelligence and changing the outcome of the story by changing its beginning.

This website is a fan site dedicated to Starslip Crisis. Please note that this is not the official website, and we are not officially affiliated with Starslip Crisis or Kris Straub in any way, shape, or form. We are simply dedicated webcomic fans who wish to inform others about this fantastic series.

Starslip Crisis: Evolution and Important Plot Points

Through its seven-year lifespan, Starslip Crisis evolved from a simple black-and-white webcomic to a published series with enhanced artwork and plotlines. Kris Straub first published the series in 2005 under the name Starship Crisis, but later that year, a copyright issue forced him to change the name to Starslip Crisis. Initially, Starslip Crisis was a relatively simple webcomic that mocked common tropes in art and science fiction, but as the series progressed, it became more complex in both artwork and storylines. In 2009, the series underwent an art shift, and Straub changed its name to simply Starslip. The series continued to grow and improve until it ended in June 2012.

Starslip Crisis begins in the year 3440 on a museum ship, the Fuseli, named after the Swiss painter. Formerly a luxury battle cruiser, the Fuseli was redesigned to display artwork from the 20th and 21st Centuries. However, chaos ensues, and the once complacent crew of the Fuseli must reconvert it back into a warship. Throughout the series, the characters use the aptly named “Starslip drive” to travel through time and among parallel universes, creating paradoxes and problems that drive the main storyline of Starslip Crisis.

The three main characters are Memnon Vanderbeam, Cutter Edgewise, and Mr. Jinx. Memnon is the arrogant and fussy curator of the Fuseli who must unwillingly become its captain when it transforms back into a warship. Memnon is not cut out to be a military commander in any way, shape, or form, which injects the comic with substantial humor and drives the plot forward. Cutter is an ex-pirate who pilots the Fuseli, and Mr. Jinx is Memnon’s insectoid alien assistant. Starslip Crisis follows the trio’s adventures through the space-time continuum as they encounter wild paradoxes and intimidating antagonists.

Major Themes

Throughout Starslip Crisis, Straub explores a number of themes and tropes within art, science fiction, and literature. As a science fiction webcomic, Starslip Crisis naturally addresses a number of science fiction themes, parodying them and pushing them to their limits at the same time. Straub satirizes the “bizarre alien biology” trope through Mr. Jinx, whose biology becomes increasingly more ridiculous and contradictory throughout the series. On a deeper level, Starslip Crisis delves thoroughly into the notions of interstellar travel as well as the interactions between and exploitations of parallel universes; in the series, a Cabal of scientists occasionally interfere in and shut down universes if something goes wrong that could impact the future.

In addition to these science fiction tropes, Straub also incorporates traditional literary themes through many of his characters. Through Memnon, for example, Straub illuminates the theme that leaders should respect and listen to their subordinates due to Memnon’s crew constantly saving him from his ineptitude despite his arrogance. Straub also explores the notion of immortality, which has captured the attention of authors from Greek mythology to present day. A minor character, Quine, can be regenerated through a cloning machine each time he dies, which ultimately cheapens both life and death for him.

In addition to these major themes, Straub also takes time to poke fun at art stereotypes throughout the series. Memnon, for example, is the quintessential “art snob,” and he lampoons notions of “true art” through other museum ships, such as the Xxxyyy, which is pronounced “zee.” However, Straub’s exploration of artistic themes comes second to the science fiction and general literary themes featured throughout the series.

About the Creator, Kris Straub

Kristopher Straub, the creator of Starslip Crisis, was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979, and he graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science. From 2000 forward, Straub created a number of successful webcomics, and he is also a writer, producer, and podcast host. He currently runs a horror fiction website, Ichor Falls, and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Straub’s first webcomic was Checkerboard Nightmare, a self-aware comic filled with meta-humor as its main character, Chex, obsesses over becoming a famous webcomic character. Like Starslip, Checkerboard Nightmare exploits and satirizes common tropes within its genre. It also was one of the first comics featured in one of Straub’s initial webcomic collectives, Blank Label Comics, and it was hosted on Keenspot and Comixpedia. Straub also created the webcomic collective Halfpixel.

Chainsawsuit, another webcomic created by Straub in 2008, similarly mocks generic conventions of daily webcomics. Initially titled Indie Comic, the strip parodied poorly drawn gag-a-day webcomics. Straub also created F Chords in 2008; this short-lived comic followed two Austin-area studio musicians in their quest to make their unknown local band famous. Though the original comic ended shortly after its creation, Straub rebooted the comic in 2011, re-setting it in Los Angeles. Straub’s current webcomic project, Broodhollow, began in September 2012 and aligns with his current interest in horror fiction.

In addition to his webcomic projects, Straub is also a writer, producer, website manager, and podcast host. In 2006, he co-wrote and co-produced a number of shows with Scott Kurtz, including Blamimation and Kris and Scott’s Scott and Kris Show. He has also produced short films on his YouTube channel. His best known mini-series is a trio of short horror fiction films, “Local 58,” which are a series of mock broadcasts from a local news channel in Cleveland, Ohio.

Straub currently runs and writes for his own horror fiction website, called Ichor Falls. The website features a variety of horror fiction content, including his best-known short story, Candle Cove. The story is written in the form of a series of forum posts that discuss an old children’s program called Candle Cove. As the posters reminisce, readers slowly uncover increasingly disturbing aspects of the program, and eventually, the posts reveal that the show was actually a half hour of TV static. In 2016, the SyFy Channel adapted Candle Cove as the basis for the first season of a series called Channel Zero.

Straub has also hosted a number of podcasts that focus on webcomics, daily life, and comedy. His first podcasts, such as The Blank Label Comics Podcast and How to Make Webcomics, primarily centered on webcomics and webcomic creation. In 2009, he created the podcast Tweet Me Harder with David Malki, which continued until 2012. Straub then partnered with Mikey Neumann to create Chainsawsuit: The Podcast and Morning Rush. Straub’s current regular podcast, 28 Plays Later, began in 2015.

A Note About This Website

As fans of webcomics and Starslip Crisis, we decided to create this website to inform others about Starslip, webcomics, and Kris Straub. Starslip Crisis’ evolution from simple daily webcomic to a complex and artful comic series reflects the remarkable evolution of webcomics throughout the 2000s, and its engaging characters and storyline make it an excellent read for fans of webcomics and science fiction alike.

Although we are huge fans of Kris Straub and Starslip, we are not the official website of either party, and we are not officially affiliated with them in any way. We are simply dedicated fans who want to inform others about the comic and its creator, and we hope you enjoy this fan site!