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globulus in falling rock

Today marks a special day, not just for Falling Rock but for my cartooning career.  While drawing Atticus & Glen for my college paper, I created what has become one of my favorite characters of all time.  His name was Professor Globulus.

Globulus looked like Jabba the Hutt.  He was a combination of all the worst characteristics of college professors, including the (to my knowledge) totally fictitious trait of eating students.

I liked him so much, I brought him back frequently during Atticus & Glen’s four year run.  He even became the villain of my 17-page Atticus & Glen comic book, published at the end of my senior year.

When I ended Atticus & Glen I figured I’d leave all those characters in Ohio.  Dee followed me west, however, and became the starring character in The Family Monster.  Since it was a comic strip about monsters, I couldn’t well leave Globulus out.  He made two appearances, one as a bureaucrat…

And the second as a lowly ranger for an interestingly-named park.

When I began Falling Rock, I knew Globulus would show up eventually, but I couldn’t throw him in unceremoniously.  No, a character of his sliminess needed a good reason to reappear in my work.  It took almost six years, but I found the perfect place for Globulus: Park Superintendent.

Over the next week, you’ll see Globulus in his most recent incarnation.  He’s still troubling Dee.  I doubt he’ll ever really leave her alone.

alas, poor yorick! me and the new yorker knew him

Occasionally two cartoonists will come up with the same idea independent of each other.  A variation of this happened to me recently, when a cartoonist for the New Yorker came up with a joke very similar to a Falling Rock strip I drew two years ago.  Here’s my Yorick-the-cow joke:

And here is Zachary Kanin’s:

The only similarity here is the line from Hamlet (The oft-misquoted “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him“) being used on the skull of a cow.  The punchlines are not the same, nor is the drawing style.

I was surprised when I came across Mr. Kanin’s Yorick joke.  It didn’t seem like an obvious connection to me when I wrote it, so the fact that another cartoonist thought of it as well means there’s something there.  I was also flattered in a weird way; I am at least as clever as a New Yorker cartoonist.


I’m not going to sue, New Yorker lawyers.  Don’t worry your pretty little heads.  What I will do is put forth the same deal I gave to the writers of the NBC show Community when they used a joke I thought of first: hire me!  I’d make a great staff cartoonist.  Think it over, make me an offer.


Now I’ll get back to writing jokes you’ll see in the New Yorker two years from now.

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friday robots

These robots are pretty straightforward.  I kept trying to add bells & whistles,* but nothing seemed to work. What do you think?  Too simple?



*Literally.  I literally tried to attach bells and whistles to this picture.