This is Pi Day

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.

As the Girl would say, Pi Day is a day-long dad joke.

New comics every Saturday morning (and some bonus shorts here and there).

Comic: Corporate Artist

This is Pi Day #056

In reality, she made me a super-nice name plate for my new office door, but when she announced to me last weekend that she was working on one I legitimately considered the possibility of this happening.

Still in reality, the comic hasn’t stopped (obviously) but my free time energy has been sapped a little bit lately because of many different things — new job, training for a triathlon, and generally limping through this parenting gig as the kid rapidly becomes a mini-teenager — so as a result I’ve been running my artwork to the wire. I’m hoping I don’t need to go on hiatus for a month this summer to make sure I can get caught up again, but don’t be surprised if we go into summer re-runs in the next few weeks.

Thanks for reading!

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Major strips are scheduled for Saturday mornings. Minor strips show up whenever I have time to make a new one.

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We regularly celebrate at the great circle of math, science and technology culture. This is Pi Day has been calculated as the product of one geeky dad, one curious kid, and an irrational volume of corny dad jokes.

Comic: Grown Up Problems

This is Pi Day #055

It’s been a heckuva week, and I haven’t been feeling particularly funny. It happens. Really.

I light of some real life events that have bubbled to the surface in the past couple months, this comic actually started off as a social media rant… that I didn’t actually post… then a blog post… that I didn’t actually publish… then as a comic… which seemed about as subtle as a hammer to the knuckles, but sometimes you gotta use your platform for something besides fart jokes, right?

Comic: Head Overconfidence

This is Pi Day #054

“Don’t get cocky, kid!” -Han Solo

When I was ten, I used some rope and a piece of lumber from the garage to turn my BMX bike into a super glider. With a strapped crosswise to the frame of my bike, the plan was to bike to the top of a nearby hill and, pedaling as fast as I could, achieve flight, the dream of every pre-teen boy, as I floated gracefully above the rooftops.

Not understanding even the most basic aspects of aerodynamics, I felt pretty bad when all the adults laughed me out of business before I’d even tried… probably a good idea in the era before mandatory helmet laws.

The worst that the Kid attempts is attempting out-ride her father on our many neighbourhood cycling jaunts. It’s still early days, I suppose, but a few choice falls lately have knocked her down a peg or two. And I think she’s probably a bit smarter than her old man ever was, anyhow.

Comic: Rewind Button

This is Pi Day #052

One of the challenges of writing these comics is that often I’ll stumble across one of those father-daughter situations that is cringe-worthy, eye-roll-inducing, and the exact kinda moment when you want to follow it up with a lecture. Case-in-point: we were watching TV, and (a) she got a little frustrated that I wasn’t flipping as efficiently as she would have liked through the adverts and (b) when I did start flipping she abruptly decided that she wanted to see one of those adverts.

Why?

Adverts are funny I guess.

She didn’t grow up forced to watch every single one, I guess.

She has a magic wand with numbered buttons that allows her to freeze and reverse time at her whim, I guess.

Life don’t work that way for everything, kid. Remember that.