That's one small step off the couch, one giant leap over the coffee table, the television stand, the lamp, the bookcase . . .
I decided a long time ago that this comic strip (along with the blog that showcases it) could not become the Obit of the Week. I can't acknowledge every famous or historical person who may have influenced me in some way. I will try when I can -- when an idea occurs to me that fits and is something I'm capable of drawing.
That said, this is how I can pay tribute to both Neil Armstrong, a hero whose footsteps I would have loved to have followed in (and for once I can use the word literally!) and, at the same time, to my father.
Over the past five years, I have likened my comic to Sesame Street in that I've mixed human characters with talking "monsters", which in this case are a bunch of numbers. Also, it was a standard to strive for as well as a way to share my own childhood memories.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer, was a part of those memories as the voice of Count von Count, who loves to count, and Sherlock Hemlock, the world's greatest detective.
I'd like to think that maybe it's not an accident that I have two characters that draw upon the same two sources for inspiration. (Granted, my Count could count on his fingers the number of times he has appeared -- er, if he had fingers, that is.)
His work will live on, and he won't be forgotten. And right now I have to wonder if he's not looking down to us and saying softly,
"That's one! One blog post memoriam! Ah, ah, ah! Two! Two twitter tweets! Three! Three Facebook shares!"
Composer Marvin Hamlisch has died at age 68 in Los Angeles. I thought I should note him passing since one of his songs was part of the inspiration for a recent comic, Kiss Today Goodbye.
Oddly enough, the casual reader would've guessed that I'd used that show's closing number, "One".
I saw Hamlisch perform once at Jones Beach. My (then) girlfriend wanted to see Liza Minnelli, and he opened. Very nice job on the piano, playing a bunch of songs I had been familiar with but didn't know he had anything to do with. And he played the "overture" from A Chorus Line, which didn't actually have an overture, but it was the one he would've written for it.
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.