Friday, May 31, 2013

Wrong class

Ya ever had that dream where you're in the final for a class you've never attended?
He's in the Wrong Class

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Europee'in' caricatures

Here's a map submitted by my friend Rob.  I've seen this before on Frank Jacob's wonderful Strange Maps blog.  It's in full color there with a lot of background information about where it came from and what it's about.

It's actually quite similar to another item on the Strange Maps blog that features many different incarnations of octopi on maps representing various geographical villains.
van brederode LARGE

The last thing that I want to mention is this article which theorizes that the little guy representing Sardinia/Corsica is a peecursor to the "peeing Calvin" meme that adorns some vehicles in modern times.

Monday, May 27, 2013



This is another item from Amanda, this time as a commentary by Aislin (alias Terry Mosher) from about 1990 on Canada's inferiority complex or limitations.  Personally, I don't buy it.  What little I've experienced of Canada and Canadians tells me it's offering a very lot.  Click the image to embiggen and read the details.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

African unity

Paresh Nath gives us this graphic commentary on the benefits of African Unity.  I knew there was a map in this, but it took me a bit to see it (it's almost east-up).  I thought I saw Australia first, but that made no sense.

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Friday, May 24, 2013


Senator Tom Coburn's comments about not allowing any emergency disaster relief without offsetting the money by cutting other things, by R. J. Matson:
132239 600 Senator Coburn Wants Offsets for Federal Disaster Relief cartoons

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Here's a very topical cartoon by Kevin Siers based on the recent stories about Apple's tax avoidance schemes:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Monty pair

Here's a pair of comics from Jim Meddick's Monty that are loosely related to each other via a "navigation" theme:

Aerial navigation. It has been windy here lately and my son recently got a stunt kite. 

 Tracking is kinda like navigation, right?  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hard bargain

And that's how we got most of the United States of America.

A Genius Idea

Saturday, May 18, 2013

From above

A few weeks back there was a post from a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic by Zach Weiner that included a from-underneath shot of Antarctica. This time he used a from-above view of the north pole (panels 9 & 10).  Still ends in disaster.  Here's a link to a larger version of it.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

College tour

Dan Wasserman's commentary on student debt and for-profit colleges (although the non-profit colleges aren't much better debt-wise, are they?)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Map of all music

This is the link to Every Noise at Once, an interactive map of all genres of music. 

Click on a genre to hear an example. Click the ">>" on any genre to see artists in that genre... and then click on any artist to hear an example of their work: Click "Scan" to let it play random samplings of everything on the page. I wonder how long it will take before this gets monetized by iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Songza, etc.?

It worked for me in Chrome, but not in Firefox.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pair of Uncle Sams

Here's a pair of Uncle Sam themed maps in comics from Amanda.  The first is from Aislin (alias Terry Mosher) from about 2002.  The second is from John Collins from about 1953.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Very, very large dog

How about we actually do a map in a comic in this Maps in Comics themed blog: That second panel in this "Birchard, The Very, Very Large Dog" spoof comic from Ruben Bolling's "Tom the Dancing Bug" has that globe with those Americas-looking land masses.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mess with Google

There has never been a shortage of people ready and willing to mess with Google's StreetView cars:

Which isn't to say that Google Maps also doesn't have plenty of quirks. For those of you who may not understand why this cemetery in Wisconsin might be funny, in modern parlance YOLO = You Only Live Once:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2 Berlins

One artifact of the division between East & West Berlin can be seen from space in the lighting of the different halves of the city:

Even more stark, of course, is the divide between North and South Korea:

But none of this should be a surprise because there are artifacts of human divisions from hundreds of years ago that still express themselves in various ways today.  Take this map of Poland that shows the electoral map of Poland in 2007 and the borders of the late 1800s - early 1900s German empire:

Or this map that shows areas of intense cotton production in 1860 and counties voting for Obama in 2008:

And there's more, always more, of this kind of thing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ingrid Dabringer's maps

This is the artwork of Ingrid Dabringer.  She has made a series of pictures by anthropomorphizing maps.  Here are just a few.  There's more on her site and here:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Emperor Pierre Bourque

Here's another submission from Amanda: Mayor of Montreal Pierre Bourque depicted by cartoonist Garnotte (aka Michel Garneau) as emperor Napoleon:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Harry Potter's iPhone

Here we have a Photoshopped conceptualization of Harry Potter's iPhone, complete with the Marauder's Map app:

Friday, May 3, 2013