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August 2nd, 2004

Geek Fun

laurie_robey and I went down to Richmond today to visit with kelloggs2066, who was in town on a job hunt. We spent most of the day at the Richmond Science Museum, where Scott went "Squee!" at the giant, floating black marble globe out front. He and I then had fun rolling the Earth around, turning it upside down, making it rotate from west to east, and so forth, making Atlas, Archimedes, and Focault jokes the whole time.

Let's face it, you have to be an extreme geek to take delight in Atlas, Archimedes, and Focault jokes. "Who says online cartoonists don't have the power to shift the world?" was another one that got a lot of mileage.

When the Bill Nye-esque festivities were done, we grabbed some chow and then repaired to Scott's hotel room, where we did a quick sketchy art trade and discussed the economy in general and Virginia's in particular.

We were then beset by a horrific thunderstorm, which made for an entertaining drive home. ;)

I'll post sketches and photos later; suffice to say, a good time was had by all. And now I'm off to bed.

-The Gneech

Yo Yo, 'sup Dog? Er, cat?

Shout out on that comin'-to-the-world anniversary to that hard-rockin', charity-auction, platespinning cat who makes with the Bugs Bunny fixation and movie review titillation!

In other words, Happy Birthday, rigelkitty!

Word.

-The Gneech

Whistling In the Dark

I'm posting this for kelloggs2066, since he asked about it yesterday, but I figure that since I'm meeting new people all the time, some other folks might be interested.

Whistling In the Dark was my first attempt at a comic to show the public ... it ran in the VCU college paper ("The Commonwealth Times") for a couple of years (1989-1990, IIRC), and was basically a "Bloom County" ripoff, although it did have some cool bits. The original comics were ... um ... let's just say they weren't exactly diamonds in the rough, artwise. But I was quite proud of the writing, and it did get me some notariety around campus.

Back in the late '90s, while I was working on the original ideas for NeverNever, I pulled out WitD and redid some of the best strips to send off to the syndicates; the results of that experiment are still online, but hidden here, in my first attempt at doing a comics site. Dedicated observers may notice gags or elements that got re-used in NN and SJ later.

Just for the record: I picked the title "Whistling In the Dark" because I liked it thematically ... it wasn't until the strip was already running in The Commonwealth Times that somebody pointed out to me the They Might Be Giants song by the same name. And also, I came up with Sam the tentacled alien in 1986, way before I'd ever even heard of that little blue guy. ;)

Enjoy!

-The Gneech

Stupid Filesize Limits!

The original version of this icon had about 9 more images, including some from the animated series. But there was no way to squeeze all of that into LJ's 40k limit.

Oh well. :)

-The Gneech

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