Welcome! This is Pi Day is an independent web comic about fatherhood, running, video games, science, art, independence, integrity, imagination and just generally … family adventure. It is drawn and published from Edmonton, Canada.
The life of a dad is full of stories, and we’ve been banking geeky dad experiences for a decade. The result: a web comic… This is Pi Day is a little bit serious, a little bit autobiographical, and a little bit blueberry pastry stains on the front of your shirt. All of it is built upon a foundation of math, science and technology pop culture … and of course an irrational number of terribly punny dad jokes.
New comics every Saturday morning (and some bonus shorts here and there).
Can anyone tell me which search engine is the best? Oh, wait a minute… I’ll just Google it.
Okay… okay. So if you mis-type THAT particular phrase your browser is probably not suddenly going to be home to search results that will curl your toes. But alas, this is the parental dilemma: I wanted to draw a comic that implied every parent’s greatest fear as their pre-teen lunges independently and wide-eyes onto the unfiltered internet… while simultaneously keeping it family friendly. After all, the Kid herself co-authors a lot of these comics, and definitely reads them and shows them to her friends.
They’ve gotta grow up sometime, I guess.
If a search for the misspelled “public library” isn’t doing it for you… I dunno… think 47% dirtier.
Major strips are scheduled for Saturday mornings. Minor strips show up whenever I have time to make a new one.
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Virtually every time I walk into a toy store or a game store I see a few specific things:
trading card games
cross-branded board games
Inspiration comes from everywhere… they say. I don’t know who “they” is, but I’ve said it, so I guess “they” might just as well be “me” and I’m finding with a creative project like This is Pi Day regularly churning around in my brain inspiration tends to latch onto things it wouldn’t normally latch onto.
In other words, there is a part of me –a few bored neurons tucked somewhere in adjacent to my neocortex– that really, really, REALLY wants to make a game… or some trading cards… or just something fun to give away to my awesome fans… and one idea that latched onto those neurons was to find a simple (and inexpensive) way to do all of those things at once.
I ran a half marathon this past weekend and in the minus-twenty, brutal weather, bone-numbing cold of it I was trudging along the icy route pondering my own sanity and wrestling with the possibility that I may have misjudged it’s very existence.
Of the four hundred racers, all manner of athletic prowess could be seen — as well as all manner of athletic gear. Tubes, toques, buffs, mitts, balaclavas, headbands, wraps, ski goggles, and more… anything to break through the cold. And it was so cold. One guy who passed me actually — no, really, had three-inch-long icicles dangling from his earlobes. And the race volunteers were dancing, jumping, and never-stop-moving as they reminded us that we runners were all actually a lot warmer than them. Sadly, they were probably right.
Afterwards, basking in the post race defrost, it was a brunch-driven debrief … sometimes literally, as more than one of us was wearing multiple pairs.
Around where we live, February is the heart of winter.
It’s cold. It’s snowy. And if you don’t just bundle up and embrace the outdoors you’re either stuck in a shopping mall or watching TV for four months straight through.
As I post this I’ll admit that we haven’t been out on our skis as much as we probably should have been this year. We’ve got a downhill weekend family vacation in the mountains planned for a few weeks from now, but just booting up and wandering over to the winter wonderland of any of the nearby parks has too often been met by groans of “…but I just started watching my show!”
If I happen to have any opinionated statement to make with these comics, I hope the one I’m conveying to my audience is this: kids are gonna whine no matter what you make them do… so you may as well turn off the screens and just do it anyhow, whining and all.
That is all from my chilly little soapbox today. Stay warm!