Like when the President uses piles of pens to sign an historic bill, the taking of objects into space doesn’t really alter anything tangible, it just attaches a sort of fun significance that hadn’t been there before. Such is the case with astronaut Clayton Anderson, who is set to head out on on of the final Space Shuttle missions come April 5th, and will be bringing with him a variety of miscellaneous items, including two illustrations by the Omaha World-Herald‘s cartoonist, Jeff Koterba. Fellow artist, Rod Tornoe of the Political Cartoonists Index spoke with Koterba, asking him what it’ll feel like knowing his work is out there among the stars, as well as just how exactly he got the opportunity in the first place. Here’s his answer for the latter:
Clayton Anderson, the only Nebraska-born astronaut, will be flying on the upcoming shuttle flight Discovery. I first “met” him in 2007 when he emailed me from the International Space Station to tell me how much he enjoyed a cartoon I had drawn about him. Since then we’ve kept in touch. Last fall he invited me to draw two cartoons that he could take on the the shuttle — he suggested that one cartoon be given to my newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, and the other I could keep for myself. So the cartoon for myself has to do with Dogie the Doggie.