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) or join my (new) forum to share your stories, links, art, and bad dad jokes.
Pi Day isn’t offline or even close to done. In fact, I’ve got a full slate of comics lined up for December.
But I — Brad, the author and illustrator — I’m going offline, dark, quiet, incommunicado for the whole month. Refresh. Regroup. Break. And maybe some time for a vacation or something, somewhere warm. But no Facebook, blog, or screens (so much as I can help it.)
The bots may continue to post here and there, but feel free to ignore them.
In fact, just stop reading comics and go spend some time with your kids!
I would make a skeleton joke here, but you wouldn’t find it very humerus.
Halloween. While there are many holidays to celebrate via a comic strip, I thought I would keep it simple and stick with the important ones… to a kid. So, ranking that list puts the trick-or-treat event high on my list.
About two months ago The Girl and I had a conversation about Halloween costumes. She knew what SHE was going as, but on a more serious note what would her ALTER EGO cartoon character dress up as. We mussed around with a few ideas — a pirate, a bear, a pair of monkeys (for her and The Dad) — but where we eventually wound up was… well, what you see here: I dressed them as Calvin and Hobbes, as best as I could to spoof/homage/honour that great strip.
On a side note, my weekly comic has hit it’s 26th strip this week, which if you are in any way mathematically inclined would tell you that 26 is half of 52… weeks in a year. So today is This is Pi Day‘s half birthday… I… guess.
If money did grow on trees, autumn would be the best season ever!
Rather than drawing more comics I’ve (sadly) been consumed by the chores of autumn. I mean… mostly. I still haven’t raked. The leaves are just everywhere, including mostly in the trees. Perhaps when I’m trapped in my house all winter, debating if the snow has slowed enough that I can shovel, drawing comics will win out again. Until then, there is something that draws me to spend more of my time in nature when the world looks all full of red and orange.
Also, there is just something in a big pile of leaves that brings out the kid in all of us. I’ll admit. Even when I rake up my backyard, perhaps as soon as this afternoon, I’ll probably indulge in some autumn fun… it will probably involve a camera and more raking… and I may even invite the kid along.
I’ve been aiming for a kind of universality in my comics. Y’know… parenting moments that are relate-able. Quirks you can empathize with or see yourself projected into.
This week is a little less so perhaps, and is brought to you exclusively from the mind of The Girl, who upon “outsmarting” her Dad in real life, thwarting his tried-and-true dad joke material said (in what could be the fifth frame of this comic) “you should draw a comic about this…”