Reading the Comics, April 10, 2019: Grand Avenue and Luann Want My Attention Edition


So this past week has been a curious blend for the mathematically-themed comics. There were many comics mentioning some mathematical topic. But that’s because Grand Advenue and Luann Againn — reprints of early 90s Luann comics — have been doing a lot of schoolwork. There’s a certain repetitiveness to saying, “and here we get a … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 10, 2019: Grand Avenue and Luann Want My Attention Edition”

Reading the Comics, April 5, 2019: The Slow Week Edition


People reading my Reading the Comics post Sunday maybe noticed something. I mean besides my correct, reasonable complaining about the Comics Kingdom redesign. That is that all the comics were from before the 30th of March. That is, none were from the week before the 7th of April. The last full week of March had … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, April 5, 2019: The Slow Week Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 30, 2019: Comics Kingdom is Screwed Up Edition


It doesn’t affect much this batch of comics, as they’re a bunch that all came from GoComics.com. But Comics Kingdom suffered a major redesign of the web site this week, and so it’s lost a lot of functionality. The ability to load your whole comics page at once, for example. Or the ability of archives … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 30, 2019: Comics Kingdom is Screwed Up Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 26, 2019: March 26, 2019 Edition


And we had another of those peculiar days where a lot of strips are on-topic enough for me to talk about. Eric the Circle, this one by Kyle, for the 26th has a bit of mathematical physics in it. This is the kind of diagram you’ll see all the time, at least if you do … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 26, 2019: March 26, 2019 Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 25, 2019: Bear Edition


I’m again stepping slightly outside the normal chronological progression of these posts. This is to let me share several days’ worth of Bob Scott’s Bear With Me. It’ll make for cleaner thematic breaks in the week. Wayno and Piraro’s Bizarro for the 25th is a precision joke. That a proposal might be more than half-baked … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 25, 2019: Bear Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 23, 2019: March 23, 2019 Edition


I didn’t cover quite all of last week’s mathematics comics with Sunday’s essay. There were a handful that all ran on Saturday. And, as has become tradition, I’ll also list a couple that didn’t rate a couple paragraphs. Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott’s Baby Blues for the 23rd has a neat variation on story problems. … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 23, 2019: March 23, 2019 Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 19, 2019: Average Edition


This time around, averages seem important. Mark Anderson’s Andertoons for the 18th is the Mark Anderson’s Andertoons for the week. This features the kids learning some of the commonest terms in descriptive statistics. And, as Wavehead says, the similarity of names doesn’t help sorting them out. Each is a kind of average. “Mean” usually is … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 19, 2019: Average Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 13, 2019: Ziggy Rerun Scandal Edition


I do not know that the Ziggy printed here is a rerun. I don’t seem to have mentioned it in previous Reading the Comics posts, but that isn’t definite. How much mathematical content a comic strip needs to rate a mention depends on many things, and a strip that seems too slight one week might … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 13, 2019: Ziggy Rerun Scandal Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 12, 2019: Back To Sequential Time Edition


Since I took the Pi Day comics ahead of their normal sequence on Sunday, it’s time I got back to the rest of the week. There weren’t any mathematically-themed comics worth mentioning from last Friday or Saturday, so I’m spending the latter part of this week covering stuff published before Pi Day. It’s got me … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 12, 2019: Back To Sequential Time Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 14, 2019: Pi Day 2019 Edition


Some weeks there’s an obvious theme. Most weeks there’s not. But mid-March has formed a traditional theme for at least one day. I’m going to excerpt that from the rest of the week’s comics, because I’ve noticed what readership around here is like for stuff tagged “Pi Day” in mid-March. You all can do what … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 14, 2019: Pi Day 2019 Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 9, 2019: In Which I Explain Eleven Edition


I thought I had a flood of mathematically-themed comic strips last week. On reflection, many of them were slight enough not to need further context. You’ll see in the paragraph of not-discussed strips at the end of this. What did rate discussion turned out to get more interesting to me the more I wrote about … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 9, 2019: In Which I Explain Eleven Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 6, 2019: Fix This Joke Edition


This week had a pretty good crop. I think Comic Strip Master Command is warming its people up for Pi Day. Better, there’s one that’s a good open-ended topic. We’ll get there. Bill Amend’s FoxTrot for the 3rd (not a rerun) has Jason trying to teach his pet iguana algebra. Animals have some number sense, … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 6, 2019: Fix This Joke Edition”

Reading the Comics, March 2, 2019: Process Edition


There were a handful of comic strips from last week which I didn’t already discuss. Two of them inspire me to write about how we know how to do things. That makes a good theme. Marcus Hamilton and Scott Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace for the 27th gets into deep territory. How does we could count … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, March 2, 2019: Process Edition”

Reading the Comics, February 25, 2019: Barely Mathematics Edition


These days I’ve been preparing these comics posts by making a note of every comic that seems like it might have a mathematical topic. Then at the end of the week I go back and re-read them all and think what I could write something about. This past week’s had two that seemed like nice … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 25, 2019: Barely Mathematics Edition”

Reading the Comics, February 23, 2019: Numerals Edition


It’s happened again: another slow week around here. My supposition is that Comic Strip Master Command was snowed in about a month ago, and I’m seeing the effects only now. There’s obviously no other reason that more comic strips didn’t address my particular narrow interest in one seven-day span. Samson’s Dark Side of the Horse … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 23, 2019: Numerals Edition”

Reading the Comics, February 16, 2019: The Rest And The Rejects


I’d promised on Sunday the remainder of last week’s mathematically-themed comic strips. I got busy with house chores yesterday and failed to post on time. That’s why this is late. It’s only a couple of comics here, but it does include my list of strips that I didn’t think were on-topic enough. You might like … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 16, 2019: The Rest And The Rejects”

Reading the Comics, February 13, 2019: Light Geometry Edition


Comic Strip Master Command decided this would be a light week, with about six comic strips worth discussing. I’ll go into four of them here, and in a day or two wrap up the remainder. There were several strips that didn’t quite rate discussion, and I’ll share those too. I never can be sure what … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 13, 2019: Light Geometry Edition”

Reading the Comics, February 9, 2019: Garfield Outwits Me Edition


Comic Strip Master Command decreed that this should be a slow week. The greatest bit of mathematical meat came at the start, with a Garfield that included a throwaway mathematical puzzle. It didn’t turn out the way I figured when I read the strip but didn’t actually try the puzzle. Jim Davis’s Garfield for the … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 9, 2019: Garfield Outwits Me Edition”

Reading the Comics, February 2, 2019: Not The February 1, 2019 Edition


The last burst of mathematically-themed comic strips last week nearly all came the 1st of the month. But the count fell just short. I can only imagine what machinations at Comic Strip Master Command went wrong, that we couldn’t get a full four comics for the same day. Well, life is messy and things will … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, February 2, 2019: Not The February 1, 2019 Edition”

Reading the Comics, January 30, 2019: Interlude Edition


I think there are just barely enough comic strips from the past week to make three essays this time around. But one of them has to be a short group, only three comics. That’ll be for the next essay when I can group together all the strips that ran in February. One strip that I … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, January 30, 2019: Interlude Edition”