*grin* It's not exactly where I got the idea, since I've had my Shivae for awhile, but I remember the comic. I never managed to find a copy. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/frown.gif"> I do have the first one from the second series though.<P>Originally, it started out as they weren't going to speak and I was going to use straight gesture, then I decided I'd rather put words to it since there were some concepts that would be hard to get across and it'd be much more interesting for interaction with other species. The story you see, is not the story I originally outlined. That story comes much later, but I further decided that the readers needed a FIRM background of what was going on and that's why we're starting from the beginning, so how they live and what their 'society' is like could be shown before I get into the bigger story. *That way, I don't have to answer hundreds of questions about Why did she/he do that?* Not that I really mind the questions, just that I find myself reanswering things like that over and over again on other comic strips I've done.