Reading the Comics, October 17, 2019: Story Problems Edition


I’m writing this on Thursday, because I’m expecting to be busy Friday and Saturday. It might be a good policy if I planned the deadline for all these Reading the Comics posts to be a couple days before publishing. But it’ll probably ever come to that. I am not yet begun resisting treating this blog … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, October 17, 2019: Story Problems Edition”

Reading the Comics, October 12, 2019: More Glances Edition


Today, I’m just listing the comics from last week that mentioned mathematics, but which didn’t raise a deep enough topic to be worth discussing. You know what a story problem looks like. I can’t keep adding to that. John Zakour and Scott Roberts’s Maria’s Day for the 7th has Bob motivated to do arithmetic a … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, October 12, 2019: More Glances Edition”

Reading the Comics, October 2019: Cube Edition


Comic Strip Master Command hoped to give me an easy week, one that would let me finally get ahead on my A-to-Z essays and avoid the last-minute rush to complete tasks. I showed them, though. I can procrastinate more than they can give me breaks. This essay alone I’m writing about ten minutes after you … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, October 2019: Cube Edition”

Reading the Comics, October 4, 2019: Glances Edition


And here are the comic strips from last week that mentioned mathematics, but don’t need more said about them. Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott’s Baby Blues for the 28th of September has the kid, Hammie, test an answering machine by asking it to do arithmetic. Charles Schulz’s Peanuts rerun for the 30th of September has … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, October 4, 2019: Glances Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 29, 2019: September 29, 2019 Edition


Several of the mathematically-themed comic strips from last week featured the fine art of calculation. So that was set to be my title for this week. Then I realized that all the comics worth some detailed mention were published last Sunday, and I do like essays that are entirely one-day affairs. There are a couple … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 29, 2019: September 29, 2019 Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 28, 2019: Modeling Edition


The second half of last week’s mathematically-themed comic strips had an interesting range of topics. Two of them seemed to circle around the making of models. So that’s my name for this installment. Ryan North’s Dinosaur Comics for the 26th has T-Rex trying to build a model. In this case, it’s to project how often … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 28, 2019: Modeling Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 24, 2019: I Make Something Of This Edition


I trust nobody’s too upset that I postponed the big Reading the Comics posts of this week a day. There’s enough comics from last week to split them into two essays. Please enjoy. Scott Shaw! and Stan Sakai’s Popeye’s Cartoon Club for the 22nd is one of a yearlong series of Sunday strips, each by … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 24, 2019: I Make Something Of This Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 28, 2019: Laconic Edition


There were more mathematically-themed comic strips last week than I had time to deal with. This is in part because of something Saturday which took several more hours than I had expected. So let me start this week with some of the comics that, last week, mentioned mathematics in a marginal enough way there’s nothing … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 28, 2019: Laconic Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 21, 2019: Prime Numbers and the Rest


This is almost all a post about some comics that don’t need more than a mention. You know, strips that just have someone in class not buying the word problem. These are the rest of last week’s. Before I get there, though, I want to share something. I ran across an essay by Chris K … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 21, 2019: Prime Numbers and the Rest”

Reading the Comics, September 21, 2019: Filling Out The Week, Part 1 Edition


There were a couple more comic strips than made a good fit in yesterday’s recap. Here’s the two that I had much to write about. Jason Poland’s Robbie and Bobby for the 18th is another rerun. I mentioned it back in December of 2016. Zeno’s Paradoxical Pasta plays on the most famous of Zeno’s Paradoxes, … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 21, 2019: Filling Out The Week, Part 1 Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 20, 2019: Quarters and Bunnies Edition


Norm Feuti’s Gil did not last long enough in syndication. This is a shame. The characters were great, the humor in a mode I like, and young Gil’s fascination with shows about the paranormal was eerily close to my own young self. But it didn’t last; my understanding is newspapers were reluctant to bring in … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 20, 2019: Quarters and Bunnies Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 14, 2019: Friday the 13th Edition


The past week included another Friday the 13th. Several comic strips found that worth mention. So that gives me a theme by which to name this look over the comic strips. Charles Schulz’s Peanuts rerun for the 12th presents a pretty wordy algebra problem. And Peppermint Patty, in the grips of a math anxiety, freezing … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 14, 2019: Friday the 13th Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 12, 2019: This Threatens To Mess Up My Plan Edition


There were a healthy number of comic strips with at least a bit of mathematical content the past week. Enough that I would maybe be able to split them across three essays in all. This conflicts with my plans to post two A-To-Z essays, and two short pieces bringing archived things back to some attention, … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 12, 2019: This Threatens To Mess Up My Plan Edition”

Reading the Comics, September 7, 2019: The Minor Ones of the Week


Part of my work reading lots of comic strips is to report the ones that mention mathematics, even if the mention is so casual there’s no building an essay around them. Here’s the minor mathematics mentions of last week. Gordon Bess’s Redeye for the 1st is a joke about dividing up a prize. There’s also … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 7, 2019: The Minor Ones of the Week”

Reading the Comics, September 7, 2019: Dinosaur Follow-Up Edition


One thing to worry about during an A To Z sequence is how busy Comic Strip Master Command will decide I need to be. I’m glad to say that this first week, it wasn’t too overly busy. Even the comic strips that are most on topic are not ones that need too much explanation. They’re … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, September 7, 2019: Dinosaur Follow-Up Edition”

Reading the Comics, August 30, 2019: The Ones Not Worth Mentioning Edition


Each week Comic Strip Master Command sends out some comics that mention mathematics, but that aren’t substantial enough to write miniature essays about. This past week, too. Here are the comics that just mention mathematics. You may like them; there’s just not more to explain is all. Thaves’s Frank and Ernest for the 25th is … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, August 30, 2019: The Ones Not Worth Mentioning Edition”

Reading the Comics, August 31, 2019: Martin V Edition


And so the Reading the Comics posts have returned to Sunday after a month in exile to Tuesdays. I’m curious whether Sunday is actually the best day to post my signature series of essays, since everybody is usually doing stuff on the weekends. Tuesdays more people are at work and looking for other things to … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, August 31, 2019: Martin V Edition”

Reading the Comics, August 23, 2019: The Remainders


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 … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, August 23, 2019: The Remainders”

Reading the Comics, August 23, 2019: Basics of Logic Edition


While there were a good number of comic strips to mention mathematics this past week, there were only a few that seemed substantial to me. This works well enough. This probably is going to be the last time I keep the Reading the Comics post until after Sunday, at least until the Fall 2019 A … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, August 23, 2019: Basics of Logic Edition”

Reading the Comics, August 16, 2019: The Comments Drive Me Crazy Edition


Last week was another light week of work from Comic Strip Master Command. One could fairly argue that nothing is worth my attention. Except … one comic strip got onto the calendar. And that, my friends, is demanding I pay attention. Because the comic strip got multiple things wrong. And then the comments on GoComics … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, August 16, 2019: The Comments Drive Me Crazy Edition”