May 14 2014

The professor in space

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There was no sound.

There was no smell.

There was no air.

The experiment had worked. Professor Harold Harrington was in space.

Somehow, he could breathe.

Somehow, his blood wasn’t boiling.

Somehow, he wasn’t dead.

A silver sliver reflected in the distance. Harold swam toward it, deploying a breast stroke. His stockinged feet, somehow gripping the manhole cover, trailed behind.

Hours later, the glimmer revealed itself: A metal trash can, worn from years of use. More hours later, the rusty cylinder was within reach.

Harold climbed in, remembering his training. A parchment poked from the inside edge of the can. He plucked it, unrolled it, and began to read.

I knew you’d make it, Harold! You didn’t, but I did.

Now, with your help, forever we’ll rid

This galaxy of the demons.

I wish I could tell you more.

This secrecy, I abhor.

But trust me, I have my reasons.

So sit tight my friend.

Soon enough, my trip will end.

And we’ll make good on our agreement.


Harold carefully rerolled the note. He tucked it into his vest.

Now, to wait.

Jul 24 2013

The most accurate skull ever doodled … ever

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Despite having such a grim scene drawn on the syllabus, Dr. Arthur Ranney’s spring 2007 Project Writing and Reporting class was a good one. I know because I was there, learning about project management, attempting investigative journalism, and running to Walmart at 3 a.m. with a fellow group member. (We needed a photo of a packed grocery cart, and our project was due the next day.) I passed at least!

Are the shadows completely accurate in this doodle? Perhaps not. More importantly, notice the 100-percent-accurate depiction of a human skull. No one could find fault there … except perhaps for the following groups and individuals:

  • The American Medical Association
  • The Bengalese Skull Experts Society
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Henry Gray, were he to have a time machine and not be dead
  • Most of the people who work at Mayo Clinic
  • Skeletor

Did I miss anybody? Let me know in the comments.

Mar 27 2013

The old man in the hat

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A lot of the old, grizzled dudes I draw have awesome facial hair. See the “mustache” tag for evidence. But the guy in this doodle, drawn during a Dr. Arthur L. Ranney project writing and reporting class in 2007, has no need for a beard. Check out those eyebrows! Those would more accurately be described as eyewhiskers.

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