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.
I don’t write much here, at least in “blog” format, but I thought I would jump in to explain my narrative struggles.
If you’ve been reading along with me over the past couple years, you’ve noticed that the comics mark a very particular point in time in The Girl’s life. She was 9 when I started drawing This is Pi Day and when I set the mood, tone, blah-blah-blah… whatever.
That was almost two years ago. And if you are a parent, know a parent, or have ever been a pre-teen, you’ll understand that age nine is very different from age eleven. I also assume it’s equally different from age thirteen… and so on.
I honestly didn’t really think I’d still be drawing this thing two years on. So… in other words, The Girl was loosely designed as this static, un-aging, forever-nine-year-old kid. As these things go, time passes, and I find myself with a comic about a nine year old kid and no nine year old kid in my life to act as a muse.
This leaves me with a choice. Either I figure out how to draw a perpetual comic about a nine-year-old and This is Pi Day becomes a comic based in idealized memories. Or I figure out how to shift the tone, shape, design, and essentially most everything about the comic to age along side The Girl.
In other words, if you’re wondering where all the comics have been for the last couple weeks… that’s where…. in the void of waiting for inspiration.
If you have any advice, or want to comment, the phone lines are open. And by phone lines I mean the comment box below this post.
Major strips are scheduled for Saturday mornings. Minor strips show up whenever I have time to make a new one.
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As the holidays approach I was casually asked by The Girl: Dad, are we doing the 12 days of Christmas this year?
…by which she means, are you doing that thing where you surprise me with 12 small presents each day of the twelve days leading up to the holidays? Huh? Huhhuhuhuhuhuh?
I’d almost forgot. Oh, sure. It’s a little bit of spoiling, but … Christmas!
This year, if you’re up to the same sort of shenanigans around your house, here are some handy gift tags. I needed some and so after I finished printing and cutting out my own I thought… why not share with my friends and fans? So… download and enjoy!
…because obviously it’s sorting the candy that’s the best part.
It’s those many years of experience that should tell her not to mix it up with the eating the candy part.
Girl: i counted... and last night i got a hundred and fifty six pieces of halloween candy!
Dad: There's barely fifty pieces here.
Girl: well... i ate some
Girl: i don't think i need any lunch today --- and my tummy kinda hurts