Category Archives: saturday comics (full colour)

Comic: Auto-Incorrect

This is Pi Day #039

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.

*shrug*

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.

Comic: Ski Bums Part 2

This is Pi Day #038

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!

Comic: Incentive Saved

This is Pi Day #037

Once you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.

Kids hit a certain age and they start to get curious about money. Why do we need it? How do you get it? If you have it, why don’t you just spend it? Or if you don’t have it, why don’t you just go get more?

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” …becomes one of the countless, timeless cliches any parent finds themselves rattling off in a store, from the drivers seat, or following a perfectly calm and seemingly logical explanation of why she needs yet another stuffed animal, this one here in her hand in fact, while I’m just trying to buy groceries.

Personally, I think that probably the only reason I’m not flat broke is budgeting: carefully planning out our spending. Not that you came to a comic website for a financial planning lesson, but in raising a thoughtful little girl and trying to impress upon her the importance of the aforementioned cash handling fact, some of that kid-wisdom often squeezes out in funny, comic-worthy ways.

Comic: Bus Buddies

This is Pi Day #036

If this were a math pun about a bus it would be mostly flat with four equal straight sides.

Public transit. I rode the bus to work yesterday, in fact, and sitting in a slightly uncomfortable seat was greatly offset by the benefits of not having to drive through a snowstorm that ultimately dumped nearly 25 centimeters (that’s nearly a FOOT for my American fans) and left traffic scrambling like so many eggs through the city streets. While most of the city was fighting with traction and visibility, I was fighting a virtual frost troll… on my Nintendo in the relative warmth of the bus.

I mean, sure, it took my twice as long to get home… but just enjoy the ride.

The Kid, of course, spends her bus fare on a different flavour of mass transportation. You know… the yellow kind, with bad shocks and hard vinyl seating. No wonder she thinks the city transit system is such a treat. When we do use it to get somewhere, though, I have to admit that there’s a certain level of QT sitting together on a bus that you just don’t get driving and playing dad’s taxi.

Rhombus. The joke is a rhomBUS.

Comic: Miss(placed) Congeniality

This is Pi Day #035

It’s the deep, dark days of winter here and as more and more snow falls, the temperatures drop once again, and we need some warm indoor activities to pass the time, out come the board games.

It’s board game week at This is Pi Day!

This week’s Saturday comic portrays a family favourite called Settlers of Catan, a modern classic of resource gathering and skillful negotiation. … and yeah, every once in a while you need to be a bit mean to your fellow players to get the edge.