March 10, 2007
This was in the spring of 2007, not long before the final
released. Excitement was, shall we say, in the air.
Monday, June 4,
In 2007, everyone and his
was signing up for Facebook. I...wasn't.
Click on the comic if you want to go to the relevant page and
read the rest of the strips in the sequence, which I glibly named
Saturday, July 14,
I do have an urge to do this to students occasionally. I
want to fall
into a bottomless abyss afterwards, though. And yes, in case
you've been living under a rock for the last half century, this is
a Lord of the Rings
Tuesday, July 24,
This is here for the sake of Mr. House's T-shirt, which derives
from the webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
can actually be purchased
Saturday, July 28,
Yep...this was the Summer of the Potter. I've got to say:
I spent a lot
time on that bogus cover in the title panel. I also drew tiny
versions of the cover four
, including once as a cover-within-a-cover.
Obsessed? What, me? Naaaah.
Any second now, someone is going to say, "Jinkies!" I'm
really not sure what's up with the "slang" in Scooby-Doo
. Is "jinkies" code
for an appalling curse word?
Wednesday, November 21,
...because I wanted
make a random reference to 28
, that's why.
Monday, December 31,
At this point, I believe I was finished Buffy
and had moved on to Angel
, but I certainly did feel
Wednesday, January 2,
One hundred and forty-four hours. Think about that for a
Saturday, January 12,
Saturday, July 12,
This comic makes it onto the geek page simply by virtue of the book
Casey is reading, Terry Pratchett's Jingo
. I spent an awful lot of
time replicating a teeny version of the cover.
Wednesday, July 30,
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
first appeared online between July 15 and 20, 2008. I heard
about it early on and, as you may be able to tell, liked it quite a
Saturday, August 9,
The Dark Knight
out earlier in the summer, and everyone
Saturday, December 13,
Admittedly, the allusion here is to It's a Wonderful Life
, which came out
in 1946, but it still counts as a geeky reference, or so I
Friday, January 9,
There are numerous comics involving Barbara dressed as Sherlock
Holmes, but this one is the first of them all.
Saturday, February 7,
I must have been on a role. This
allusion is to The Day the Earth Stood Still
came out in 1951.
Oh, come on...you know perfectly well that it doesn't even count as
a webcomic if there's not at least one Star Wars
Saturday, March 7,
coming out, and I was galvanised to action, as I was with
Harry Potter and the Deathly
and Dr. Horrible's
. It seems to be the way I'm made.
, May 30, 2009
I claim this counts because it contains a slightly anachronistic
reference to the Blue Screen of Death.
The Comics Curmudgeon
and still going strong, bless his little cotton socks.
I did two
comics on the
CC. Also, cyber-stalking! Yay!
At this point, Futurama
was still technically cancelled. I missed it. It's
possibly also worth noting that considering Weird Beard's
deep-seated geekitude, it is highly probable that he is engaging in
obfuscating ignorance here.
The Harry Potter
has earned this comic a place on the geek page.
This Hallowe'en banner demonstrates my undying...love...for the
Baldwin's Dr. Horrible
costume has propelled this comic onto the geek page.
It's not exactly a pop-culture reference, but it is
a reference to Nietzsche.
Random bonus: Casey is dressed as Mr. Incredible, who
could conceivably be regarded as an example of the Übermensch. It's Nietzsche references all around.
Casey and Marie are dressed as Mr. Incredible and Alice in
Wonderland throughout the Hallowe'en plotline this year, but it's
fun to see them in their full glory in this strip, which ends the
Here West of Bathurst
a reference to TV Tropes
, which has a
West of Bathurst
, which has a reference to
, which has a...
I actually associated much of my Ph.D. with Frodo's trip to
I staunchly maintain that Die
counts as a Christmas movie. I tend to have a
hard time convincing people who believe that Christmas is a magical
wish-fulfilment fantasy, but ah well.
I was apparently in a reference-happy mood in December of 2009.
It does amuse me to picture a giant prize nigiri.
This comic begins a short Alice
in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass
Click on the strip to get at the rest of it.
I believe I was watching Stargate
at the time myself. For some mysterious reason,
it made it into the strip.
If the Blue Screen of Death can make it onto this page, the Rube
Goldberg Valentine's Day Thingy deserves a place as well.
What took you so long, obligatory Douglas Adams reference?
Monday, April 5,
What took you so long, obligatory Firefly
I drew this one after my first ever trip to the SF convention
. I even cameo
in the comic; I'm the one with the yellow bag and the oddly complex
tights. With the exception of Barbara and the Victorian
silhouette, everyone in that panel is a real person; the steampunk
couple are acquaintances of mine, while the tiny Batman was running
all over the hotel on the convention's second day. The
swordsmith in the third panel is real as well, as are all the
posters on the walls.
Friday, May 21,
I said this page wouldn't include the Doctor Who
comics, but I've provided
the first one so that you can click on it if you want to go to the
seethe rest of the geekiness.
This is sort of a companion comic to the Blue Screen of Death
strip, so I've included it here just for kicks. The whole
"core dump" thing does happen to me a teeny bit too frequently.
I drew this for the 2010
. It referenced lots and lots of genre
Mark Reads Harry
is exactly what it says on the tin. I find
it quite, quite amusing.
Mark Reads Twilight
awesome as well in an entirely different way.
This comic references two distinct types of detective fiction and
can thus be used as a teaching tool. As well, it contains
Sunday, April 3,
This comic appeared not long after the death of Diana Wynne Jones,
one of my favourite authors. The title panel is drawn in the
style of the cover designs of several of DWJ's recent novels (as
well as some reissues of old ones). If you look closely, you
can see many WoB
character references in this panel. The book being alluded to
here is Howl's Moving
, which is pretty fantastic.
Monday, July 4,
Marie is here reading Diane
Duane's So You Want to Be a
, a great YA fantasy that deserves to be more widely
known, as do its sequels. And yes, the series predates
like a decade and a half. I believe Duane has lately been
working on reissuing the earlier books in the series with updated
references and technology, a practice of which I do not
particularly approve. Perhaps I am simply reacting negatively
to my students' baffling resistance to reading anything written
before 1995. There's no reason young readers can't enjoy
books set when their parents were children. I mean, I did.
Okay, continuity is a little off in the series, as Nita and
company are apparently aging at the rate of about a year per
decade, but I'm sure kids are capable of figuring out what's going
on. I shall stop ranting now. Read DD. She's
Here's the second DD comic, which is also on the Doctor Who
page, but ah well.
Sometimes, geekeries overlap.
July 15, 2011
This panel contains references not only to the release of
Harry Potter and the Deathly
but to A Very Potter Musical,
a Very Potter Sequel,
and Potter Puppet
The College could also count as Wonderland or the land through the
looking glass or Hogwarts or maybe even Oz. Perhaps it's all
the Other Worlds of kids' lit bundled up into one.