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Comic: Midnight Trooper

This is Pi Day #031

Happy New Years! …almost. Well, tomorrow night, actually. The publication schedule didn’t quite work out this year.

Alas, as the first calendar year of This is Pi Day draws to a close here are some statistics from 2017:

67 new published comics, shorts, and strips!
380 new Instagram fans for almost 100 posts!
390 new Twitter fans for almost 1000 tweets!
3100 unique visitors to this website!
…and as of this post, this website has now running off a Canadian web server for three days!

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little creativity, almost no free time, and a goofy idea… especially when you have great fans supporting and sharing your work.

See you in 2018 for more comics, more dad jokes, and officially counting down to March 14th … y’know… pi day.

Comic: Halloween (Part 1)

This is Pi Day #026

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.

This is Back to School (Part 1)

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My wife told me that if I don’t get off the computer and help the kid with her homework that she’ll slam the laptop closed on my fingers as I’m typing. I think she’s probably jok893ufyhsojhvjdnvoj;c v ds 0893r92-if edfk,f(**#(* kljuahips

Ah, the good ole innocent days of back to school. I don’t want to get too nostalgic. After all, yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of that world-changing terrorist attack in NYC and when I explain to the girl how it changed the world, she doesn’t quite see it because it all kinda changed before she was even born.

So I get to own most of that nostalgia by myself and ponder things like the complicated nature of living in and growing up in and being a kid in that post-9/11 world full of whatever that all means. Or maybe it’s always been that way and I’m just a parent doing all this for the first time.

How’s that for light commentary to accompany a comic strip?

Comic: First to the Post

This is Pi Day #019

Of course, these students are so bright the teachers needed to wear sunglasses.

Back to school.

Back. To. School.

We`re back, and I`m personally finding as the years creep onward my role in that scenario is changing from in-depth and fully-engaged dad to … well…. unpaid taxi driver.

I saw this yesterday: I was driving the kid to school, she mostly ignoring me from the back seat, and as we drove we passed a family standing a the bus stop. The big cheezewagon had just pulled to the curb and both the dad and the mom had cameras in hand as their little (I`m assuming) kindie-gartner clambered aboard. A five second drive-by as we went along our just-another-day-way told me that this kid`s morning was turning into a soon-to-be Facebook documentary.

Strip: This is Watching Movies (Part 3)

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How do you turn a pirate furious? Take away the ‘p’.

What keeps you awake at night?

If you’re a parent, it’s probably worrying about your kid, their future, your future, the inevitable pains and pressures of puberty approaching more rapidly than you could have ever imagined, paying for college, hoping for health and happiness and them never getting hurt, at least no more than they can walk off or learn from and then get on with living their lives to their full potential.

If you’re a kid, it’s probably cursed zombie skeleton pirates.

Or, y’know… whatever scary critter your dad happened to show you right before bedtime because he thought it would be great idea to catch up on some old movies.

*sigh*

Hopefully you enjoyed another bonus week of comic shorts and this week’s week of movies… week. Why not take a break from flipping through your old film collection to share this post with a friend? Go on… I’ll save you some popcorn.