I sort of envisioned this as the stowage class on the Titanic (foreshadowing?). Refugees, miners, and punk bands on the lam would use commercial transport as a cheap alternative to the more expensive mag-lev lines. Or the ultra-extravagant passenger liners, like the Cyclopean Wind mentioned here by Sam. Probably also a good mode of transport for the more nefarious types; I don’t think you need to go through a body scan to take this trip. Nic captures the gloomy, industrial feel of the cargo hold of this hauler perfectly. Not a environ Vexx is used to.
In webcomic news, the 2010 Webcomic List nominations are open. I’m not going to tell you who you should vote for ‘Best New Comic’, but if you’re involved in the comics/webcomics industry (there’s a webcomic industry?), I recommend voting for whichever comics you’ve enjoyed this year. I think the more nominations they get, the better it is for webcomics in general. I’m certainly no expert, but next week I’m going to compile my favorite webcomics of 2010, if you’re interested