This strip dates back to 1996 and our first attempts to launch The Greys as a comic strip. The joke came to me as soon as the White Star was revealed at the start of Season 3 of Babylon 5, and was originally planned as a single panel showing the ship exploding, with this caption:

The Grey Star could have been a wonderful hybrid of different cultures’ technologies — if it wasn’t for the fact that the Minbari used metric threads while the Vorlons used Imperial!

The original scrawled out idea, from 1996

At the time, however, we had no idea how prescient this joke would prove to be.

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[Scene shows a White Star spaceship outside Babylon 5]

Caption: The year is 2260, the year of the Shadow War. The Grey Star is the first of a new class of starship, the prototype for an entire fleet.

Caption: Built as a collaboration between the Minbari religious caste and the Vorlon Empire, the Grey Star was to be our last, best hope against the amassing Shadow fleet.

[The ship is shown exploding]

Caption: Unfortunately the Minbari used metric for their measurements, while the Vorlons used Imperial…