Mandrake Gets More So; Also, Math Comics


Last time I had a bunch of mathematics comics to show off I mentioned how Mandrake’s father was being depicted as seeing by his supernatural powers strange worlds where caterpillar-creatures listen to the radio over earphones headsets. I’ve got a fresh batch of mathematics comics to talk about over on that appropriate blog and so I want to point again at Mandrake, as run on the 24th of December this year, and just ask you the question:

Mandrake the Magician's father seems to see alien robots with a six-legged dog.
Fred Fredricks’ Mandrake the Magician rerun the 24th of December 2014: Mandrake’s father describes alien life.

Does that alien robot have dreadlocks?

It’s easy to ask why the alien robot has dreadlocks, although asking it answers the question. We’re almost forced to ask why any alien robots wouldn’t have dreadlocks. I think the bigger question is how does the alien robot have dreadlocks, but that’s only longer if you use certain variable-width typefaces which kern the ‘h’ and ‘y’ together a bit tightly. The real question is why the alien robot dog has six legs when the alien robots seem to have only four limbs, although I bet it’s one of those “why does Goofy walk on two legs while Pluto walks on four if they’re both dogs” kinds of questions.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

2 thoughts on “Mandrake Gets More So; Also, Math Comics”

  1. Good point – Goofy’s dog is Pluto: a dog has a dog. Mind you, Disney comics have weird setups anyway. Donald Duck has a girlfriend but no wife, nephews but no siblings or children, an uncle but no parents. As one of my original degrees I actually did a paper on the sociological nature of ‘Disney’ comic society where even direct descent and the nuclear family has been bowdlerised, and what this says for the mind-set of those who thought it up. It was scary.

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    1. It might be scary, but did the paper pass? It doesn’t matter what a mess things are as long as you can defend them to your committee, which come to think of it may be how things got to be such a mess in the first place.

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