Art from 1998: White House in Orbit sketches

I’ve gone through my sketchbooks over the past week to pick what all I was going to keep and what was going to get thrown out. Pickings from the year 1998 have been slim: unless I find another sketchbook from that year that I haven’t torn up yet, the images below are all that I want to keep at all.
All are early sketches for White House in Orbit and what’s noticeable is how little character art I did. It was pretty much one or two drawings per character, no turnarounds, no height charts, not even many repeat drawings to hone and stylize the characters. Just one or two, and then I got on with drawing the actual comic. Things have changed a lot since then.

Agent X8.5 in a checked suit. I decided against that for the very obvious reason that they're a pain to draw
Agent X8.5 in a checked suit. I decided against that for the very obvious reason tht they're a pain to draw

Jane and X8.5. "Rocket Bandits" was already being written by the time I got around to working on "Orbital Germans"
Jane and X8.5. Rocket Bandits was already being written by the time I got around to working on Orbital Germans

President Perkins was inspired by an old cartoon of President Roosevelt that I saw in a book.
President Perkins was inspired by an old cartoon of President Roosevelt that I saw in a book.

The Servo-Maid. I'd have liked to do a robot revolt story some time.
The Servo-Maid. I'd have liked to do a robot revolt story some time.

Freiherr von Schwanzwald. I'd forgotten all about that name...
Freiherr von Schwanzwald. I'd forgotten all about that name...

Junker Von Schwulenbad. The Germans all had vaguely, or sometimes not so vaguely, insulting names, very few of which we actually ended up using in the comic
Junker Von Schwulenbad. The Germans all had vaguely, or sometimes not so vaguely, insulting names, very few of which we actually ended up using in the comic

X8.5, one more time
X8.5, one more time

Trust me, it will get better as I zoom through the years.