Thanks for your comments:)
Before drawing that cartoon, I did have to put some serious thought into wether it'd be Leela or Bender transfering the ships controls.
Throughout the cartoon, Leela controlling the ship would have been more fitting, and would have lead to a smoother action and panel flow (also, Bender freaking out and demanding to know what's going on would have been more like him).
On the other hand, betraying Fry to do something (without him noticing at all) did just sound too much like Bender, and not like Leela at all. Bender transfering the ship controls would have supported the punchline in a better way.
So, as a punchline is basically a cartoons purpose, I chose Bender for that task.
Also, yes the detail is insane. I hope you don't drive yourself too mad drawing all that, I know I have suffered a similar fate in the past from such details...
Nine out of the ten voices in my head say "No, it didn't drive me insane". Number ten is Kevin, who does not say anything, but just sits in the corner, humming the "Tetris" melody. No one likes Kevin anyway..we think he is a little odd....
Wow. That was epic. I don't think I found any of the easter eggs, but I shall return for a closer look soon.
Okay...hope you found them by now. I am gonna solve the riddle now:
a) The shipwrecked pirates do parody the Asterix pirates, as already stated. (That was the easiest easter egg)
b) When the pirates (the persons, not the ships) are seen for the first time, Judge Dredd's "Mean Machine" is standing next to Emperor Grog (that one was more difficult. Come to think of it, I should probably have shown "Mean Machine's" left missing arm)
c) In the same picture, Emperor Grog does hold a chainsword from the Warhammer 40K Universe (the most difficult one...and a non Warhammer 40K Player probably will not notice).
If Leela is Fry's woman, then what is a girly poster of Amy doing in "Fry's Arcade Room"?
It's just a background gimmick. It's there especially BECAUSE of the contradiction with Leela being Fry's love interest.
(I was thinking about Leela shooting an angry glance at that poster, but it would not really have worked. In the last image I did need one suprised looking character to support the punchline, and Leela was the only char available for that. And given the choice wether to support a cartoons punchline or a background gimmick, the choice is rather obvious...)
Unless there will be a future Amy/Fry/Leela encounter.
I would like that, very much!
Herr Hein has already stated he doesn't do art like that, Ralph...
Depends what you mean by "encounter". A punchline based on Fry landing in bed with both Amy and Leela? Possible. A drawing showing exactly what they are doing there? "No Chance, Lance". You'd just see them entering a room, and in the next image, you'd see them lying in bed next to each other, with the sheets covering everything that needs to be covered (pretty much like the first Amy/Bender encounter in PI).
But -as a threesome between these characters sounds rather cheap- it would have to lead to an hell of a punchline for me to use that scenario. And right now, I cannot think of any joke good enough that I'd use it....