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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: Amazing-ful

This is Pi Day #025

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.

Comic: Hailing Frequencies


This is Pi Day #018

Have you heard the joke about the hill? I just couldn’t get over it.

As summer draws to a close … *sniff* … one last week of comics about our summer activities.

Obviously I’m not going to tell all my loyal fans when I leave the city for an entire week to go on a vacation without cell coverage deep in the mountains. I may as well post my banking information and a photo of my house keys. It’s not you I’m worried about, but seriously you should see how many bots try to hack this site every day.

MIND BLOWN!

Alas, we did go away for a whole week. In the mountains. Hiking in the back country. And I, a guy who rarely goes longer than the time in the train tunnel between stations on the subway without high speed internet access, was without so much as a carrier pigeon’s worth of information for five solid days of solitude.

The Girl brought along some Archies, so she coped. But that, and among other things she literally actually asked while hiking recently, inspired today’s comic… and reminded me just how strange the next generation is going to find it when the wifi goes out of range for a few days.

Strip: This is Summer Plotting (Part 2)

This is Pi Day #013.b

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin pi, of course.

Here on the great Canadian prairies, our berries grow high up in the trees. If you’ve never tried a saskatoon berry, come to my house — I’ve got about three liters of the little buggers in the fridge even as I write this. They are tart and sweet and juicy and delicious and they turn your fingers a deep purple when you pluck them from the trees.

We planted a saskatoon tree five years ago and each year our harvest gets a little bigger — even though not all of them make it into the house. Does it bother me? No… if the kid wants to stuff herself purple with backyard fruit all I can say is that it sure beats whatever else she might decide to eat the rest of the year.

Well… so long as I get enough to make a pie or two…