Up a steep and very narrow stairway. It wasn't paradise. It wasn't paradise. It wasn't paradise... But it was Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day
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Today's comic, number 666, by the way, was both fortuitous and serendipitous. Permit me to explain.
One of the problems with having a sporadically published comic is the difficulty in planning certain comics for specific days.
A few months back, I had an idea for comic number 666, and I wrote it down so I wouldn't forget it when the time came. Well, I've checked and checked, and I can't find where I wrote it. So now I needed a new gag, and I had a deadline: the comic after comic 665.
Had I been keeping to my regular schedule of 3 updates per week, I would have reached this milestone at least a month ago, if not sooner. As it turned out, 666 would show up on Valentines Day instead. Great! How do I combine those two themes?
A little web searching and suddenly I was reading up on the Devil's Staircase. Serendipity. Worked for me.
Toss in the romance of Dante and Beatrice, with a dash of A Chorus Line, and BAM!, I'm done.
Sometimes I do feel like I'm doing the same thing over and over again (after all, I am a math teacher), but the hardest thing to admit when creating this strip was that Groundhog Day was actually an "old movie".
Mr. Burke is a high school math teacher in New York as well as a part-time writer, and a fan of science-fiction/fantasy books and films.
He started making his own math webcomic totally by accident as a way of amusing his students and trying to make them think just a little bit more.
Unless otherwise stated, all math cartoons and other images on this webpage are the creation and property of Mr. Chris Burke and cannot be reused without permission.