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.
At the risk of diving too deeply into the meta-story behind this particular comic, I’ll reveal that for about a year now the Girl and I have been having an ongoing argument about power tools. To be exact, she manifested the idea inside her head that it would be a good idea to buy some lumber and build a bed for her doll.
The plan, which I had mixed emotions about, involved about twenty bucks worth of lumber and carpentry skills that I most certainly do not possess.
A big part of my #dadlife has been trying to encourage the Kid to take on projects bigger than herself, tackle eclectic hobbies, explore skill-building crafts, and unravel the complexities of the world… but it was always at the least convenient, most “why now?!” moments when she would suddenly pronounce that “we need to go to the hardware store so we can buy some lumber…”
I’ve been trying to jumble that experience into a comic for the better part of six months, and finally it has bubbled to the surface as this simple gag if only because at the heart of her argument has always lay that one caveat: if you’re not going to help, dad, I’m old enough to do it myself thankyouverymuch!
Major strips are scheduled for Saturday mornings. Minor strips show up whenever I have time to make a new one.
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Instead of getting all political and WRITING ABOUT MY FEELINGS ONLINE, I’ve opted to get meta-political and hearken back to the good ol’innocent days of just remembering how I went about explaining it to the kid.
If only I could keep her young and naive to the follies of the modern state of discussion online… but kids talk. And yell. And try their best to act like grown ups, even if that means debating with each other in the schoolyard over the decay of political institutions whilst challenging each other to a virtual knuckle sandwich.
I admit, I intended to take just one month off from drawing, but then … new job, some vacation in the mountains, a triathlon, a marathon, grown up summer camp in the orchestra. I looked up the other day and realised that I have barely had time to mow the lawn let alone run a web comic.
But now? Hiatus is over. Time reclaimed. And I’ve got some new strips in the hopper for September, starting with today’s strip, a little gag I’ve had hanging around in the back of my mind since I was scolded for having the audacity of leaving from the breakfast table before the kid… despite the fact that she hadn’t said a word to me the whole time and was plugged into an iPad AND an iPod and had not made eye contact. It’s about “being there!” all the parents sigh. Oh, you’re right.
You may notice a couple little changes with the comic. The thing about being an independent artist is that I can do things like, y’know, try out single panel strips for a while (because I, frankly, don’t have time to draw four panel strips these days!) or switch up my font (because I designed my own this summer just for that reason.)
In the meantime, enjoy the strip as I do a light relaunch after a too long break! Hopefully you were busy too and didn’t miss me.