Friday, February 27, 2009


This is an example of a problem with scale, presented here excellently in Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. This particular joke does come up occasionally, but not often so cleverly as presented here.

This is another example by Werner Wejp-Olsen, but not done quite as well:

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A-maze-ing directions

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Jonny Hawkins gives us this mouse-in-a-maze map comic gag.  I've posted other examples of this already. And sometimes the maze doesn't involve rodents.  Click on the image to see a large, more legible version.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Adam's home

This is from the strip Adam@Home, by Brian Basset. A few years ago he discovered the wonders of GPS and Google Earth and since then both have found their way into his strips with some regularity. In truth, GPS has been around since the '80's, though only to the military. After the end of the Cold War the companies that built the military's GPS satellite consellation convinced the Pentagon to allow them to make it commercially available (at first, just to surveyors). Now GPS is rapidly becoming pervasive through a wide array of life activities. GPS and Google Earth have greatly expanded the occurance of geography in an array of pop culture. By the way, Mr. Basset also authors the strip Red and Rover, but I haven't been following that strip.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Debut: Frazz

It's time to launch my map-themed comics blogs. I'll be using this blog to post comics that I or blog visitors have found. The first post hasn't been selected for any super special reason. However Frazz is one of my most favorite strips. I've even had the honor of emailing its esteemed author, Mr. Jef Mallett. Sure Frazz looks (and acts?) like a grown up Calvin, but to be able to successfully pull that off every day for years is nothing short of brilliant, even if that wasn't his initial intent. Frazz has referenced maps, GPS, Google Earth, and other geography-related topics in the past and I'm sure Frazz strips will be featured regularly here.