It’s out there enough at this point I thought I’d be honest. Someone added it to the STW Wikipedia page a while ago, and I just let it sit there. And now this thing is happening next week, which (even if I’m a terrible choice to talk about the subject) is basically asking me to take scissors to an remaining fourth wall and fifth wall and sixth wall.
The pseudonym served me well - turns out many/most/almost all academics don’t use the internet, so while my students recognized me pretty quickly, I flew under the radar for years with the people who had real influence on my future career prospects - basically allowing me to do years of comics work without it influencing my professorial chances. At this point, with my students making hash of what had been a secret and with my colleagues all in on it, the pseudonym isn’t needed anymore, so I may as well be honest about it.
You can feel free to keep rolling with the pseudonym in whatever way you like. You can choose to believe that Lucas Landherr ISthe pseudonym. I’m game. It’s been a pleasure forming a relationship with you readers over so many years, that you can stick with whatever is more comfortable for you. But I’m happy to let you see both sides of the curtain - do whatever you will with it.
And yes, this means my dog is not named German. I know. It makes me sad, too.
-Dante / Luke
These are five new STW shirt designs that will be available later this weekend - and I’ll make sure to update the European store counterpart, too, to make shipping costs a lot less.
There’ll be a week-long t-shirt sale starting on Tuesday as well, so if you’ve been interested in getting any STW shirts, next week will be a good time to go for one or another.
2008: If you ever want to ask me, “Gee, Dante, I want to start a daily webcomic, but I’m getting married in 50 days, and then am going to be off traveling on a honeymoon and on conferences and so basically need to make over 70 comics in no time at all, should I start my comic now or wait?”, my answer would be simply telling you that you’re an idiot.
I’ve think I’ve added to this top ten list since. There’s no ranking, mind you, just a list. If you’ve got something slotted in at the top and unbeatable, then you’re basically heading on a downward slope the rest of your life, and isn’t that a positive approach.
2009: We spent the entire day moving from one apartment to another. It was VERY romantic.
2010: She was in Maryland; I was in New York, finishing the packing as we moved south to a new apartment. This was EVEN MORE romantic.
2011: I couldn’t tell you what we did this year. We weren’t moving, and didn’t have a kid yet. I’m not sure any time like that ever existed anymore.
2012: Cannonball was alive and kicking and so joined us on our date night. She slept through the entire meal so I’m also not entirely sure this account is true or not.
2013: We were coming back from a family member’s funeral. The occasion was a little less important.
2014: And today. We went and got a cherry tree for the backyard. Cannonball refused to nap and screamed for a few hours. And all was right. And we continued onwards.
I’ve been doing a number of additional pieces on Medium the last few months called ‘Bad Decision Bingo’ - they’re a major deviation from the usual chalkboard photocomic style I utilize, but they’ve been fun to do.
The idea is simple - instead of usual bingo, where you’re trying to get five squares in a row, here you’re trying to avoid making a full row. So one square alone might satisfy your needs or meet the limit you’re willing to endure, but the full five in a row will likely be the result of a poor decision on someone’s part.
Anyway, there are a whole series of them now, so if you haven’t seen them, I would certainly appreciate you taking a wander through - and maybe play a round if you’re masochistically inclined.
Automated Phone Systems
Summer Blockbuster Movies
On a side note: I get supported by Medium based on the views these (and the more standard bonus photocomics posted there) get, so if you like any of these, you can really help by sharing them with friends. And if you really hate them, you can still help by subjecting them on your enemies!
Thanks, all! And feel free to share suggestions for future bingo boards.
Here are all the other great student presentations that were sent in!
From Gina Watts:
From Corey, who does a photocomic about parenting:
From Will (a double engineer!):
And from Tim:
These were all pretty great - thank you to everyone who took the time to make one and send one in! It really means a lot.
So I’ve started a Patreon page as a way to be able to make more comics! If you’re unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s essentially a modern-day means to allow anyone to become a patron of the arts. Your support will be directly channeled into helping me make more comics like PhD Unknown, and science comics to help get more kids interested in science and engineering. I’m pretty excited about what this would allow us to do, like collaborate with a bunch of artists and be able to get different projects out there - including potentially pushing PhD Unknown to twice a week! Give it a look if you can - at the very least, enjoy the video I made for it - and thanks!