As teased with the Andertoons I featured Tuesday, there’s some mathematics comics slight enough I can’t write paragraphs about them. But people like seeing comics that at least say “mathematics”, so here’s your heads-up to them.

Mark Parisi’s **Off The Mark** for the 18th is an anthropomorphic numerals joke. The numerals in a paint-by-numbers kit are really serving the role of indices, rather than anything numerical. The instructions would be the same if, say, a letter ‘p’ or a small square represented purple.

Pab Sungenis’s **New Adventures of Queen Victoria** for the 19th has Her Majesty pondering the differences between shapes. It’s absurd, but, whatever keeps you up at night.

Jerry Bittle’s **Shirley and Son** rerun for the 20th has a kid impressed with Mom’s arithmetic skills. This is the first time **Shirley and Son** has gotten mention in a Reading the Comics post, which is not such a surprise to me.

Bill Rechin’s **Crock** rerun for the 22nd has the kid mourn having gotten arithmetic help from his father. This strip’s rerun at least once since I started doing Reading the Comics posts. It feels like it’s run more than that, but perhaps without my mentioning.

Bunny Hoest and John Reiner’s **The Lockhorns** for the 23rd is a spot of wordplay mentioning geometry. I was startled to see I didn’t have a tag for **The Lockhorns**, but it turns out this is the first time the strip’s come up since 2015, before I tagged these posts with the names of comics mentioned. There were three mentions in 2015 (including a KenKen joke and a different KenKen joke) and nothing since. I’m surprised.

Gene Mora’s **Graffiti** for the 23rd is also a spot of wordplay mentioning geometry. And it comes back to the joke about one shape being a kind of another that **New Adventures of Queen Victoria** was on about.

This wraps up last week’s comics. I plan to return Reading the Comics posts to Sunday finally, to make room Tuesdays and either Thursdays or Fridays for the Fall 2019 Mathematics A To Z. I’ve decided what A and B are going to be, but there’s still time to nominate concepts for the letters C through H. Thank you.

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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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