Well, that was helpful.
For those of you playing the Home Edition of “Scientific and Mathematical Terms John Barely Understands Enough to Reference in the Strip”, the Poincaré recurrence time is the time it takes for any system to exhaust all its possible states and begin repeating states. For very, very large systems, like the Universe, the timescale is Huge. Like 10 to the 10th to the 10th to the 120th to 10 to the 10th to the 10th to the 10th to the 13th years.
Or a Very Long Time.
So, anyone want to do the math? What is 16^1024?
It’s always sad when cartooning loses one of it’s own. It’s even sadder when the voice that is stilled is one of cartooning’s Greats (the folks who earned that capital letter). Sadder still is when you know that voice personally and called him a friend.
Roy Doty passed away. He was what I call a “That Guy” illustrator. People may not know the name, but when you show an example of the work, they’ll say, “Oh! THAT guy!”. We don’t have “that guy” illustrators any more. They’re a victim of the time and changes in media. That’s a real shame.
I got to meet Roy for the first time when he was the Guest of Honor at the Southeast NCS Chapter meeting in Memphis. I sat across from him as we ate some truly legendary dry rub ribs at Rendezvous, listening to some truly legendary stories about the glory days of cartooning. He nicknamed me “Slim” and drew the image I’ve posted with this message. At the Reubens in Boston, after he had been honored by the NCS with the Gold Key, he and I sat in the ballroom for hours, talking. Just talking.
Later, I worked with him on a proposed animated version of Wordless Workshop. In Pittsburgh, I showed him a sample of animation. He paid me the highest compliment of my career. “You get it,” he said. “People have been trying to animate my work for 60 years. You understand it. Simplicity!”
There was nothing simple about Roy’s work. Simplicity and cleanliness should never be confused for non-complexity. Just as Ernie Bushmiller honed his work to a fine edge, Roy wielded his pen like a surgeon does a scalpel. Only what is absolutely necessary is on the page. Remove any one thing, and it’s just lines. The whole is always more than sum of the parts.
I hope one day to be a crusty curmudgeon with a twinkle in my eye, just like Roy. He griped, he complained, he drove many NCS Presidents to drink (well, that’s not hard to do… we’re talking about the NCS…), but he always had his tongue firmly in his cheek and the best of intentions. We’re going to miss Roy.
You know… “That guy…”
Unfortunately, after a week of updates, there’s going to be another delay. I’ve been called out of town on business, and rather than put up a half-finished page, I’m just going to resume next week, in full color.
Sorry for the delay, but going forward, I’d rather be delayed and in color than rushed and half-done.
As you can see from the thumbnails of the recent pages over on the left, I’ve gotten some previously line art-only pages colored.
The following pages are now in full color:
We’re back! And as promised, in color!
I’ve got strips up for this whole week—Monday, Wednesday and Friday—and they’re in full, glorious color. I plan to have more going up later in the week to keep the streak going.
For those of you who like Plain Brown Wrapper, I wanted you to know that I’ve put a bunch of NSFW Friday originals up for sale over on Etsy. These pieces are priced starting at $25, and the won’t be the last. I’m also going to do some clean pieces that will be available over there as well.
Remember, these sales help support Accidental Centaurs by supporting me. Please consider buying some of the swag I have on the site, such as Accidental Centaurs all-ages books and comics, Plain Brown Wrapper digital downloads, or my retrocomputing merch! It’s all going to a good cause: keeping me from having to get a real job so I can keep drawing centaurs for you!
UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that Buy Adult link led to a page full of bad links. This has been corrected by having the links involved take you the pbw.accidentalcentaurs.com page, which is what I meant for the links to do in the first place.
It’s random! It’s Nancy! It’s live!
For the last several months, I have been honored to be working with the great Guy Gilchrist, who writes and draws the classic strip Nancy®. The first product of this work debuts today on GoComics: Random Acts of Nancy!
In this feature, we’ll be taking classic Ernie Bushmiller panels from Nancy that were offbeat and wacky to begin with, and then pull them out-of-context so they become even more bizarre and surreal. It’s a Dada experience that would make Jean Arp’s head explode, and it starts today at the Random Acts of Nancy page on GoComics.com.
UPDATE: The links now take you directly to the Random Acts page on GoComics!