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Wongstar’s Favorite Comics « Jocelyn Wong's Blog


Wongstar’s Favorite Comics

As I’ve maintained the daily blogging streak, I’ve been getting great positive feedback and nobody has told me they are sick of me yet. On the other side of the world, German teammate Christine has told me it’s her daily breakfast reading. So I started to think of it like being a daily comic strip writer, but maybe without the fun cartoons.

hey kids, back when I was your age, they printed comics on paper!

I’ve always had very fond memories of reading the Sunday morning comics growing up with the family. You remember. There were the Saturday morning cartoons and then the Sunday morning comics. My siblings and I would swap pages while we had donuts for breakfast. Yep, once a week on Sundays, Momma Wongstar would get us donuts in the morning from the local donut shop, and we each had our favorite donut. Mine was the chocolate one with chocolate icing and shredded coconut on top.

I don't know why I Google-image-searched this, now I'm salivating and wanting one.

These days since I am always on the go, and even once I get settled in, am too much of a cheapo to buy a real newspaper…and everything these days is online anyway. We have the wonderful magic of the internet for me to get my regular fix of comic awesomeness. Here are my favorite ones. They can be pretty nerdy, just like your favorite triathlon superstar (who is both pretty AND nerdy, AHAHA). Some of the web ones don’t quite run every day so I guess I have a leg up on them. ;)

“Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis

The main characters are supercute cartoon animals, very originally named “Pig” and “Rat” and “Zebra” and “Goat.” There is an evil brotherhood of stupid crocs who speak terrible English and are always plotting to eat Zebra; they even have their own frat called “Zeeba Zeeba Eata.” I am a big fan of terrible puns, of which there is no shortage in this comic strip:

Speaking of being a big fan…this one is dedicated to the big Wongstar fans:

“Piled Higher and Deeper” AKA Ph.D. Comics by Jorge Cham

I got hooked onto this one when I was an actual graduate student but it’s fun to still read and think “Oh yeah, I remember those days… so glad I’m DONE!!” I also read that Jorge had completed a triathlon at one point, not sure if he ever did more than one though!

xkcd by Randall Munroe

Self-described as “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language,” the main characters are stick figures and it’s super duper geeky.

“the Oatmeal” by Matthew Inman

This is one of my new favorites and I have tossed some references in my blog entries every now and again. He has comics about all kinds of things, from air travel to bumblebee farts to coffee, and I tried to find one that wasn’t too offensive and full of naughty words, as I’m told I have young school-age blog readers. But ah, here, you know I am a grammar snob, so this is a peek at the semicolon guide:

I recently found out that Matthew is a triathlete (and my age, and kind of hot) and looking to do his first Ironman in the near future. Sweet! He was also featured in the latest Seattle Weekly and apparently made half a million dollars this year just doing his Oatmeal online comic strip and selling shirts and posters of the comics. WHOA.

…anyway, as if you don’t already waste enough time foofing around the internet reading my blog and other timesucks, now you have more places to check out. Enjoy! You know I do! :)

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