Reading the Comics, May 23, 2020: Parents Can’t Do Math Edition


This was a week of few mathematically-themed comic strips. I don’t mind. If there was a recurring motif, it was about parents not doing mathematics well, or maybe at all. That’s not a very deep observation, though. Let’s look at what is here. Liniers’s Macanudo for the 18th puts forth 2020 as “the year most … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 23, 2020: Parents Can’t Do Math Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 15, 2020: Squared Away Edition


The end of last week offered just a few more comic strips, and some pretty casual mathematics content. Let me wrap that up. Daniel Beyer’s Long Story Short for the 13th has the “math department lavatory” represented as a door labelled . It’s an interesting joke in that it reads successfully, but doesn’t make sense. … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 15, 2020: Squared Away Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 12, 2020: Little Oop Counts For More Edition


The past week had a fair number of comic strips mentioning some aspect of mathematics. One of them is, really, fairly slight. But it extends a thread in the comic strip that I like and so that I will feature here. Jonathan Lemon and Joey Alison Sayers’s Little Oop for the 10th continues the thread … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 12, 2020: Little Oop Counts For More Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 9, 2020: Knowing the Angles Edition


There were a couple more comic strips in the block of time I want to write about. Only one’s got some deeper content and, I admit, I had to work to find it. Bob Scott’s Bear With me for the 7th has Bear offering the answer from mathematics class, late. Jerry Bittle’s Shirley and Sons … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 9, 2020: Knowing the Angles Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 7, 2020: Getting to Golf Edition


Last week saw a modest number of mathematically-themed comic strips. Then it threw in a bunch of them all on Thursday. I’m splitting the week partway through that, since it gives me some theme to this collection. Tim Rickard’s Brewster Rockit for the 3rd of May is a dictionary joke, with Brewster naming each kind … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 7, 2020: Getting to Golf Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 2, 2020: What Is The Cosine Of Six Edition


The past week was a light one for mathematically-themed comic strips. So let’s see if I can’t review what’s interesting about them before the end of this genially dumb movie (1940’s Hullabaloo, starring Frank Morgan and featuring Billie Burke in a small part). It’ll be tough; they’re reaching a point where the characters start acting … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 2, 2020: What Is The Cosine Of Six Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 25, 2020: Off Brand Edition


Comic Strip Master Command decided I should have a week to catch up on things, and maybe force me to write something original. Of all the things I read there were only four strips that had some mathematics content. And three of them are such glancing mentions that I don’t feel it proper to include … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 25, 2020: Off Brand Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 17, 2020: Creating Models Edition


And now let me close out a week ago, in the comics. It was a slow week and it finished on a bunch of casual mentions of mathematical topics. Gary Larson’s The Far Side compilation “Hands Off My Bunsen Burner” features this panel creating a model of how to get rights out of wrongs. The … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 17, 2020: Creating Models Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 13, 2020: More Words At Play Edition


Now at last I turn to last week’s mathematically-themed comic strips. They weren’t very deeply mathematical, I think. But I always think that right before I turn out a 2,000-word essay about some kid giving a snarky answer to an arithmetic problem. Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders’s Lard’s World Peace Tips for the 11th has … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 13, 2020: More Words At Play Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 11, 2018: Monkeys at Typewriters Edition


This is closing out a busy week’s worth of comic strips mentioning some mathematics theme. Three of these are of extremely slight mathematical content, but I’ll carry on anyway. Reza Farazmand’s Poorly Drawn Lines for the 8th has a bear admit the one thing which frightens him still is mathematics. It adds to it a … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 11, 2018: Monkeys at Typewriters Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 7, 2020: April 7, 2020 Edition (Mostly)


I’m again falling behind the comic strips; I haven’t had the writing time I’d like, and that review of last month’s readership has to go somewhere. So let me try to dig my way back to current. The happy news is I get to do one of those single-day Reading the Comics posts, nearly. Harley … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 7, 2020: April 7, 2020 Edition (Mostly)”

Reading the Comics, April 6, 2020: My Perennials Edition


As much as everything is still happening, and so much, there’s still comic strips. I’m fortunately able here to focus just on the comics that discuss some mathematical theme, so let’s get started in exploring last week’s reading. Worth deeper discussion are the comics that turn up here all the time. Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 6, 2020: My Perennials Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 4, 2020: Ruling Things Out Edition


This little essay should let me wrap up the rest of the comic strips from the past week. Most of them were casual mentions. At least I thought they were when I gathered them. But let’s see what happens when I actually write my paragraphs about them. Darrin Bell and Theron Heir’s Rudy Park rerun … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 4, 2020: Ruling Things Out Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 31, 2020: End March, Already, Edition


I think few will oppose me if I say the best part of March 2020 was that it ended. Let me close out nearly all my March business by getting through the last couple comic strips which mentioned some mathematics topic that month. I’ll still have my readership review, probably to post Friday, and then … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 31, 2020: End March, Already, Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 28, 2020: Closing A Week Edition


I know; I’m more than a week behind the original publication of these strips. The Playful Math Education Blog Carnival took a lot of what attention I have these days. I’ll get caught up again soon enough. Comic Strip Master Command tried to help me, by having the close of a week ago being pretty … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 28, 2020: Closing A Week Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 25, 2020: Regular Old Mathematics Mentions Edition


I haven’t forgotten about the comic strips. It happens that last week’s were mostly quite casual mentions, strips that don’t open themselves up to deep discussions. I write this before I see what I actually have to write about the strips. But here’s the first half of the past week’s. I’ll catch up on things … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 25, 2020: Regular Old Mathematics Mentions Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 21, 2020: Pragmatic Calculations Edition


There were a handful of other comic strips last week. If they have a common theme (and I’ll try to drag one out) it’s that they circle around pragmatism. Not just using mathematics in the real world but the fussy stuff of what you can calculate and what you can use a calculation for. And, … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 21, 2020: Pragmatic Calculations Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 17, 2020: Random Edition


I thought last week’s comic strips mentioning mathematics in detail were still subjects easy to describe in one or two paragraphs each. I wasn’t quite right. So here’s a half of a week, even if it is a day later than I had wanted to post. John Zakour and Scott Roberts’s Working Daze for the … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 17, 2020: Random Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 20, 2020: Running from the Quiz Edition


I’m going to again start the week with the comics that casually mentioned mathematics. Later in the week I’ll have ones that open up discussion topics. I just don’t want you to miss a comic where a kid doesn’t want to do a story problem. John Graziano’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not for the 15th … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 20, 2020: Running from the Quiz Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 14, 2020: Pi Day Edition


Pi Day was observed with fewer, and fewer on-point, comic strips than I had expected. It’s possible that the whimsy of the day has been exhausted. Or that Comic Strip Master Command advised people that the educational purposes of the day were going to be diffused because of the accident of the calendar. And a … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 14, 2020: Pi Day Edition”