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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Happy Independence Day, 2011

026 - Happy Independence Day 2011

Movie Inspiration: Independence Day


I’m baaaaack!  Oh, wait – wrong movie.

But I am back – and just in time for a comic I’ve been waiting many months to draw!  Way, way back when, CJ had suggested this as a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.  The idea that I would have a comic tied to an upcoming holiday was a fun one, and led to You… autocomplete me and Happy Mother’s Day, 2011.  I had a third planned for Father’s Day, but alas, that fell right in the middle of the craziness that has been my life for the last three weeks.  Perhaps next year.

Today’s comic is definitely more subtle than most of its brethren.  In fact, if you’ve never seen the movie you may not even get the joke.  SPOILER! July 2, aliens invaded.  On July 3, we tried to retaliate, with tragic results, mostly because their ships carried shields that we couldn’t shoot through.  On July 4, we found a way to beat them – send out a signal that infects their computers with a virus, thus shutting down all of their shields.  If you can get past some of the rather glaring science holes in the movie, it actually was very entertaining.

If only our Dude had renewed his subscription on July 3, and not procrastinated.  Tsk tsk.


TCF on leave

For a variety of reasons – both personal and professional – I’m taking some time from the comic these next few weeks.  I hope to be back on the air the week of June 27.

In a software shop far, far away…

025 - In a software shop far, far away

Movie Inspiration: Star Wars: A New Hope

You gotta believe that Han would be a little rough around the edges working on a software project, much like he was as captain of the Millennium Falcon.  Luke, of course, would probably be just as whiny.  Give him a couple of more projects, though, and I’m sure he’ll calm down.  (He might need an extra hand on his second one, though.)

Speaking of the Falcon, I really wanted to work a Y2K joke in here – get it? The year 2000? The millennium? – but CJ and I couldn’t make it work without a lot of stretching.  Of course, since the new millennium started January 1, 2001, not 2000, the joke wouldn’t have even worked then.  Sigh.  Nothing is ever easy.

Visually, though, it’s always a good day when you get to draw a lightsaber, even when at this scale it looks like a fancy kitchen knife.  (It slices, it dices…)  One of these days I’ll have to draw a pair of Dudes have a ‘saber fight.  Then we’ll see if it stays sharp after cutting through a can.