Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Comics

A new feature on the Comic Genesis site will be the Sunday Comic, featuring Super-Stick-Man.

The first Sunday installment can be seen here.

Any objections to making this a weekly feature?

UPDATE: Please hold your comments until the Comic is actually posted.
Last night, I posted this comment after loading the files that were supposed to have appeared this morning on my site. The site has not been updated by their server yet.

Well, that isn't quite true. The main page is updated. You can see the reference to Super-Stick-Man. But the comic itself has not been loaded. I have reloaded the images and have tried to force updates several times.

Comic Genesis's site has not responded yet.

Keep trying. It'll be there eventually.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trig's Mom is in the News Again

Regular readers of (x, why?) weren't scratching their heads yesterday and asking, "Sarah who?"

It was noted here back a few months ago on April 20, 2008 that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth to a boy named Trig. Trig has been mentioned a few times in the last 24 hours because of his Down's Syndrome.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pushing the Envelope

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Be sure that the envelope you're pushing isn't really a load-bearing wall.

The fact that summer vacation is over today is totally tangentially to the mood of today's comic.

By the way, I inverted the colors by accident, but I liked how it looked better. What do you think?


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back to School Tomorrow

NYC public school teachers go back to school tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, 2008. Yes, we have two days of work and then our first three-day weekend. Go figure. The kids come back next Tuesday.

Now before everyone out there who wasn't off for summer vacation starts cursing me (too late!), I'm not looking for pity or commiseration or anything like that.

I'm just using that as an excuse if I can't keep up the four strips per week pace that I've been keeping for the past couple of weeks.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Platonic Solids

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It's good to build a solid relationship.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Famous Movie Math Quotes #12

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You didn't know that math smells?
My students say that Algebra stinks!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bananas in the Caribbean

So I've been back from vacation for over a week now and there's definitely some things I already miss.

We had sunlight on the sand. We had moonlight on the Sea.
We had mangoes and bananas you could pick right off the buffet tables...

And those bananas are what I miss. Instead of ripping them off while they're green so that they could ripen in a warehouse, they ripened on the trees until they were needed for your breakfast cereal! Fresh and delicious.

I wanted to stuff my pockets with them and bring them home with me!
There were, of course, three problems with doing this.

First, the practical problem: it would be quite messy.

Second, the legal problem: you can't take produce off the island and back to the U.S.

And third, and most importantly, the folks at the resort have seen it all. They have witnessed plenty of bizarre behavior and are absolutely unfazed by the antics of their guests. so no matter how much you may want it, you will not get a barmaid or hostess to ask, "Excuse me, sir. Is that a banana in your pocket?"

Kind of makes it just not worth it.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wonder Twin Primes

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Something about their powers just doesn't add up.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

How Jack Spends His Time

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There might be one more section, depending if Jack's last name is "Horner" or "Sprat",
or if it's Just Jack.

c.f.: What Makes Jack Dull


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Agent 56 Lives!

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He was last sighted in Vegas.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Hamlet II: Claudius Strikes Back

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Hamlet could have done better had he had a pair of droids.

Click on the link to see the full cartoon.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

The 0'Factor, episode 7

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And when f(x) = 0, you can be sure
it's fair and balanced.

okay ... just lost half my readership on that one.

Click on the link to see the full cartoon.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Cited as a Textbook Alternative

There's a math, science and technology wiki, MSTLiteracy, that has "great alternative text resources to use" with students. This blog was cited.

In particular, Reflections Across the X-Axis (Mother's Day) and The Price of Oil were linked for classroom use.

Thanks, George.

New Cartoons coming on Sunday.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New comics to start soon

I'm back from vacation in Punta Cana and I'll be working on new comics soon. In the meantime, the last four-part series of The Adventures of Super-Stick-Man is up on the Comic Genesis site.

This sequence introduces the arch-nemesis Rotundo to the Super-Stick-Man mythos.
It also apparently contained a misspelling in the title page that I never corrected -- and after 27 years, I'm not correcting it now. The eraser could rip the page apart for all I know!

The series starts here:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"You Enter the Room and See Four More Doors..."

Remember the old dungeon crawls that inevitably contained a room that contained nothing but doors? It was there to drive mappers insane. Or worse, it was there to throw you off the map by taking you through dimensional portals or such.

Or maybe you were about to re-enact something out of an old Looney Tunes or Scooby Doo chase sequence.

Well, I finally lived something that could be described as follows:

"As you enter the room, you see that it is empty save for four doors. There is one each at the ends of the rectangular room. The two on the wall opposite you have glyphs on the walls beside them..."

The glyphs represented the signs for the restaurant's Men's and Women's bathrooms, which was easier than having it printed in the five languages that were present on most of the signs around the resort. What was funny was what happened if you existed through one of the other two doors. You ended up in a different restaurant. Three fairly decent-sized dining establishments were centered around the bathroom they shared. (Oddly enough, we had suspected that they shared the kitchen.)

Okay, so it wasn't dimension-hopping, but when you suddenly find yourself in last night's restaurant thinking, "Something isn't right here", it can be both disconcerting and amusing at the same time.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Vacation Strips Start Tomorrow

I'll be away for at least a week, and Vacation strips have been uploaded to the Comic Genesis (x, why?) site. What are they? A Blast from the Past. My Past. Waaaaaaaay Past.

But they won't appear here on this site, so please click on the banner link below. Then come back here to leave your comments.

See you soon.

And, pleeeeeeeeease click on the Top Web Comics vote buttons on the left side of this page. I'd like to crack the Top 500 one of these days. Thanks.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Nutritional Information

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The City Council of New York City recently passed regulations requiring that nutritional information, namely the calorie count, be clearly posted in every restaurant.
It really takes some of the fun out of ordering a Coney Island foot-long at a Cyclones game.

Click on the link to see the full cartoon.