Reading the Comics, July 11, 2018: GoComics Hardly Needs Me Edition


The first half of last week’s comics are mostly ones from Comics Kingdom and Creators.com. That’s unusual. GoComics usually far outranks the other sites. Partly for sheer numbers; they have an incredible number of strips, many of them web-only, that Comics Kingdom and Creators.com don’t match. I think the strips on GoComics are more likely … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, July 11, 2018: GoComics Hardly Needs Me Edition”

Reading the Comics, July 7, 2018: Mutt and Jeff Relettering Scandal Edition


I apologize for not having a more robust introduction here. My week’s been chopped up by concern with the health of the older of our rabbits. Today’s proved to be less alarming than we had feared, but it’s still a lot to deal with. I appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you. Meanwhile the comics from … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, July 7, 2018: Mutt and Jeff Relettering Scandal Edition”

Reading the Comics, July 3, 2018: Fine, Jef Mallett Wants My Attention Edition


Three of these essays in a row now that Jef Mallett’s Frazz has done something worth responding to. You know, the guy lives in the same metro area. He could just stop in and visit sometime. There’s a pinball league in town and everything. He could view it as good healthy competition. Bill Hinds’s Cleats … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, July 3, 2018: Fine, Jef Mallett Wants My Attention Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 29, 2018: Chuckle and Breakfast Cereal Edition


The last half of last week was not entirely the work of Chuckle Brothers and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. It seemed like it, though. Let’s review. Patrick Roberts’s Todd the Dinosaur for the 28th is a common sort of fear-of-mathematics joke. In this case the fear of doing arithmetic even when it is about something … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 29, 2018: Chuckle and Breakfast Cereal Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 27, 2018: Stitch Day Edition


For a while I thought this essay would include only the mathematically-themed strips which Comic Strip Master Command sent out through to June 26th, which is picking up the nickname Stitch Day (for 6-26, the movie character’s experiment number). And then I decided some from last Sunday weren’t on-point enough (somehow), and there were enough … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 27, 2018: Stitch Day Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 23, 2018: Big Duck Energy Edition


I didn’t have even some good nonsense for this edition’s title and it’s a day late already. And that for only having a couple of comics, most of them reruns. And then this came across my timeline: wishing you all big duck energy pic.twitter.com/FT59VhABZF — rachel (@pududeer) June 24, 2018 Please let it not be … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 23, 2018: Big Duck Energy Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 19, 2018: Don’t Ask About The Hyperbolic Cosine Edition


Although the hyperbolic cosine is interesting and I could go on about it. Eric the Circle for the 18th of June is a bit of geometric wordplay for the week. A secant is — well, many things. One of the important things is it’s a line that cuts across a circle. It intersects the circle … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 19, 2018: Don’t Ask About The Hyperbolic Cosine Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 16, 2018: No Panels Edition


My week got busier than I imagined, but it was in ways worthwhile. I apologize for running late, and for not having an essay I meant to put up here this week. But I should be back to something more normal next week. I keep saying that. Also, for what seems like a rarity, all … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 16, 2018: No Panels Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 13, 2018: Wild Squirrel Edition


I have another Reading the Comics post with a title that’s got nothing to do with the post. It has got something to do with how I spent my weekend. Not sure if I’ll ever get around to explaining that since there’s not much mathematical content to that weekend. I’m not sure whether the nonsense … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 13, 2018: Wild Squirrel Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 9, 2018: Some Old Lines Edition


To close out last week’s comics I got a bunch of strips that were repeats, or that touch on topics I’ve discussed quite a bit around these parts already. I’m pretty sure all the words I have here are new in their specific organization. The words themselves are pretty old. Maria Scrivan’s Half Full for … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 9, 2018: Some Old Lines Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 4, 2018: Weezer’s Africa Edition


Once again the name of this Reading the Comics edition has nothing to do with any of the strips. I’m just aware that Weezer’s cover of Africa is quite popular right now and who am I to deny people things they want? (I like the cover, but it’s not different enough for me to feel … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 4, 2018: Weezer’s Africa Edition”

Reading the Comics, June 1, 2018: His First Name Is Tom For What That’s Worth Edition


And now I’ve got caught up with last week’s comics. I can get to readying for this coming Sunday looking at … so far … nine comic strips that made the preliminary cut. Whimper. This time the name does mean something. Thaves’s Frank and Ernest for the 31st complains about not being treated as a … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, June 1, 2018: His First Name Is Tom For What That’s Worth Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 30, 2018: Spherical Photos Edition


Last week’s offerings from Comic Strip Master Command got away from me. Here’s some more of the strips that had some stuff worth talking about. I should have another installment this week. I’m back to nonsense edition names; sorry. Lincoln Pierce’s Big Nate for the 29th of May is about the gambler’s fallacy. Everyone who … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 30, 2018: Spherical Photos Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 29, 2018: Finding Reruns Edition


There were a bunch of mathematically-themed comic strips this past week. A lot of them are ones I’d seen before. One of them is a bit risque and I’ve put that behind a cut. This saves me the effort of thinking up a good nonsense name to give this edition, so there’s that going for … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 29, 2018: Finding Reruns Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 23, 2018: Nice Warm Gymnasium Edition


I haven’t got any good ideas for the title for this collection of mathematically-themed comic strips. But I was reading the Complete Peanuts for 1999-2000 and just ran across one where Rerun talked about consoling his basketball by bringing it to a nice warm gymnasium somewhere. So that’s where that pile of words came from. … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 23, 2018: Nice Warm Gymnasium Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 18, 2018: Quincy Doesn’t Make The Cut Edition


I hate to disillusion anyone but I lack hard rules about what qualifies as a mathematically-themed comic strip. During a slow week, more marginal stuff makes it. This past week was going slow enough that I tagged Wednesday’s Quincy rerun, from March of 1979 for possible inclusion. And all it does is mention that Quincy’s … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 18, 2018: Quincy Doesn’t Make The Cut Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 12, 2018: New Nancy Artist Edition


And now, closer to deadline than I like, let me wrap up last week’s mathematically-themed comic strips. I had a lot happening, that’s all I can say. Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy’s The Flying McCoys for the 10th is another tragic moment in the mathematics department. I’m amused that white lab coats are taken to … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 12, 2018: New Nancy Artist Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 8, 2018: Insecure http Edition


Last week had enough mathematically-themed comics for me to split the content. Usually I split the comics temporally, and this time I will too. What’s unusual is that somewhere along the week the URLs that GoComics pages provide switched from http to https. https is the less-openly-insecure version of the messaging protocol that sends web … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 8, 2018: Insecure http Edition”

Reading the Comics, May 5, 2018: Does Anyone Know Where The Infinite Hotel Comes From Edition


With a light load of mathematically-themed comic strips I’m going to have to think of things to write about twice this coming week. Fortunately, I have plans. We’ll see how that works out for me. So far this year I’m running about one-for-eight on my plans. Mort Walker and Dik Browne’s Hi and Lois for … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 5, 2018: Does Anyone Know Where The Infinite Hotel Comes From Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 28, 2018: Friday Is Pretty Late Edition


I should have got to this yesterday; I don’t know. Something happened. Should be back to normal Sunday. Bill Rechin’s Crock rerun for the 26th of April does a joke about picking-the-number-in-my-head. There’s more clearly psychological than mathematical content in the strip. It shows off something about what people understand numbers to be, though. It’s … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 28, 2018: Friday Is Pretty Late Edition”