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Elaborate doodles are rare in my high-school notebooks. (Though they aren’t completely absent.) Instead, the pages are filled by small, seemingly unrelated drawings, such as those found here.
I see four separate things going on:
- At left is a sideways mineshaft.
- At center is an octopus riding on an alien companion. He desires to be human. (He will change his mind once he realizes how cool it is to have eight arms.)
- At bottom right is a mustachioed depiction of a high-school classmate. Christy was her name.
- At top is a nomadic ladder. He wanders the desert, seeking out treasure that’s out of reach to the average adventurer.
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This basic newswriting and reporting doodle from September 2006 depicts Smeshtar, a visitor to Earth who absolutely loves Kit Kats.
This connection was forged 13 years ago when his ship crash landed into a Kit-Kat plant in Wright City, N.J. Smeshtar was flung from the cockpit and submerged in a tub of melted chocolate. Delicious fever dreams ensued.
After awakening, Smeshtar pulled himself from the tub, disguised himself as a repair worker, and got to work on extracting his ship from the facility. (Swamp gas was the likely culprit, he explained to the building’s owners. The stuff is rare in New Jersey, but when it shows up, it is powerful.)
This was all in his training. All except for the candy.
Even now, more than a decade later, there are repairs to perform on his ship. It’s a complex machine after all. But some day, he will have to decide: To go home, or to stay with the Kit Kats?
This doodle resulted from procrastination while a friend worked on homework during high school. It depicts an advertisement for a product with much potential—for disaster. The following is an excerpt from “What’s What in Advertising, Volume MIXXIXXIPPI”:
Hundreds of years ago, the only dangers children faced were wolves, malnourishment, drowning, saber-tooth tigers, cholera, dinosaurs, falls, respiratory infections, hippopotami, ignorance, strangers, measles, dehydration, bears, lightning, malaria, and exposure. Now, with thousands of babies born every day, kids face an even bigger threat: not being unique.
“I’ll name my baby after my favorite produce!” you might say. Good luck with that plan when your pregnant neighbor delivers her own baby Potato—surely a coincidence, of course.
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