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Comic: Rewind Button

This is Pi Day #052

One of the challenges of writing these comics is that often I’ll stumble across one of those father-daughter situations that is cringe-worthy, eye-roll-inducing, and the exact kinda moment when you want to follow it up with a lecture. Case-in-point: we were watching TV, and (a) she got a little frustrated that I wasn’t flipping as efficiently as she would have liked through the adverts and (b) when I did start flipping she abruptly decided that she wanted to see one of those adverts.

Why?

Adverts are funny I guess.

She didn’t grow up forced to watch every single one, I guess.

She has a magic wand with numbered buttons that allows her to freeze and reverse time at her whim, I guess.

Life don’t work that way for everything, kid. Remember that.

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.

Greeting Card: Phone Forgot

Thanks to a suggestion from one of my Instagram followers PaddyWolfe, I’ve launched a new side project for This is Pi Day… greeting cards!

The first free download is for one of those modern, special occasions… how do you express your feelings of reserved empathy for a loved one who has forgotten their phone at home for the day. You can’t text them… they forgot their phone. You can’t send a sympathetic heart poke their way on social media… they won’t even see it.

It’s back to old fashioned paper cards.

Until Big Greeting Card admits that this is a serious problem, This is Pi Day has got you covered. Just download and print on card stock, cut, fold, then write your heartfelt message on the inside. Share & enjoy!

Download: Phone Forgot Greeting Card PDF

Comic: Drop the Needles

This is Pi Day #034

Did you hear the one about the pirate who liked to knit? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrn!

The Kid learned how to knit a few months ago and promptly decided to master the skill by making herself a knit cap … or as we call them here in Canadaland, a toque.

She was also clever enough to figure out that doing a craft — any craft, like say, knitting — got her parents off her back about screen time or other kinds of entertainments that are… well, fun.

Screen time isn’t bad, per se, and kicking back to listen to music is something I enjoy myself quite frequently. It’s just that when you’ve got a dozen other things to do, homework, piano practice, or helping with chores, you have other priorities to consider. Putting on your headphones and listening to four hours of tween-pop while your parents do all the house work is not ideal.

We tend to operate on the assumption these things should be treated as one would treat a bowl of chocolate: small bites in moderation, and not slamming your face into the mix and only occasionally coming up for air.

I guess what I’m trying to say that if you want to gorge on chocolate AND knit at the same time, I’d probably be fine with that. As long as I get a scarf or maybe some warm wool socks out of the deal.