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Webcomics Represent the "Triumph of the Nerds"

The ease of Internet publishing has given new opportunities to cartoonists. They no longer need the backing of an established publishing or syndication company–just some computer skills. The Economist looked at the developing of the industry and some of its leading figures, including Zach Weinersmith, Kate Beaton, Randall Munroe and Matthew Inman: One thing they have in [...]

Poll Watching

This late in the presidential election season, doesn’t it seem like we’ve turned from deciding who will be our president for the next four years to watching a never-ending horse race? Randall Munroe at xkcd noticed that our obsession with the polls that shift ever-so-slightly from day to day obscure that fact that this, like [...]

Click and Drag

How big can one webcomic panel be? Randall Munroe pushes the limits in one xkcd panel. Click and drag to explore the world, but be aware of the passing of time. I still haven’t seen it all! Link  -via John Walkenbach

Standards

Yeah, if everyone could just get on the same page …mine! Randall Munroe at xkcd knows exactly what will happen. Link -via @alex_brovvn

Everybody Jump

People ask the question every once in a while, “What would happen if everyone on Earth jumped at the same time?” Sometimes they are specific in saying everyone on one side of the Earth. The short answer is: nothing. But Randall Munroe at xkcd explains that while the Earth wouldn’t move, there are a lot [...]

We Live in an Age of Wonders

Randall Munroe of xkcd demonstrates to us how greatly our knowledge of the cosmos has expanded just recently. Here’s his scaled representation of all 786 known planets, most of which were unknown a few years ago. He reminds us of something that we could easily forget: “This is an exciting time.” View the full-size image at [...]

The Late Movies: Every Major’s Terrible

Two years ago I wrote an article on the webcomic xkcd and the influence it has on its fans. We had another example this week. Monday, Randall Munroe posted a comic called Every Major’s Terrible. It was a multi-panel comic about the difficulty of selecting a college major, with rhyming lyrics we were told went [...]

Every Major’s Terrible

Randall Munroe knows how hard it is these days to select your college major. He wrote a little song about it …well, he wrote a comic about it that you can sing to the tune of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” There are three verses in total, which you can see [...]

Lakes and Oceans

Randall Munroe’s xkcd comic today is a chart showing the relative depths of lakes and ocean features. It’s best seen at full size. In the small detail shown here, the bow and stern belong to the Titanic. What surprised me the most was the depth of the Deepwater Horizon oil well. Also, check out what [...]

1000 Comics

Congratulations to Randall Munroe on the 1000th comic published at xkcd! Only 24 to go, and he’ll have a big, round number to brag about. Link