It wasn’t much of an increased workload, really. I mean, none of the comics required that much explanation. But Comic Strip Master Command donated enough topics to me last week that I have a second essay for the week. And here it is; sorry there’s no pictures.

Mark Anderson’s **Andertoons** for the 17th is the Mark Anderson’s **Andertoons** we’ve been waiting for. It returns to fractions and their frustrations for its comic point.

Jef Mallet’s **Frazz** for the 17th talks about story problems, although not to the extent of actually giving one as an example. It’s more about motivating word-problem work.

Mike Thompson’s **Grand Avenue** for the 17th is an algebra joke. I’d call it a cousin to the joke about mathematics’s ‘x’ not coming back and we can’t say ‘y’. On the 18th was one mentioning mathematics, although in a joke structure that could have been any subject.

Lorrie Ransom’s **The Daily Drawing** for the 18th is another name-drop of mathematics. I guess it’s easier to use mathematics as the frame for saying something’s just a “problem”. I don’t think of, say, identifying the themes of a story as a problem in the way that finding the roots of a quadratic is.

Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard’s **Mustard and Boloney** for the 18th is an anthropomorphic-geometric-figures joke that I’m all but sure is a rerun I’ve shared here before. I’ll try to remember to check before posting this.

Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler’s **WuMo** for the 20th gives us a return of the pie chart joke that seems like it’s been absent a while. Worth including? Eh, why not.

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I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.
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