A New SMBC Web Comic Book That You Want Very Much

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Jan. 23 2013 12:33 PM

Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543

Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543
Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543. It's true.

Image credit: Zach Weiner

Regular readers know of my love for my friend Zach Weiner’s web comic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal”. I think it’s mostly the bright colors that mesmerize me, but in fact it’s one of the funniest comics on the ‘net and one I never miss. Zach is a nerd’s nerd, an übergeek. His comics frequently deal with science and math, generally skewering both the topics themselves as well as our understanding of them.

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Today, Zach announced a new and exciting project: He’s collecting his science comics into a single compendium which he’s calling “Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543”. And it’s not just old comics; he’s also written some new ones for the book. He’s creating this book as a Kickstarter project. Give him money, and when it’s done he’ll send you the book.


And there’s more, too: He asked some well-known scientists on the web to send him a personal story about science in their lives, regaling how it’s affected them, and Zach will draw them up as a comic to put in the book. And guess who he asked? Well, the only one he told me about is me, but he assures me there are others. So I sent him an All-True Tale of Bad Astronomy Past, and he created a multi-panel comic about it. Here’s the first panel:

Halloween SMBC strip
Another typical Halloween at Chez BA.

Image credit: Zach Weiner

You'll have to buy the book to see the rest. It's worth the price alone!

You really don’t want to click this to see Zack’s drawing of me as a dress-up paper doll. You really don’t.

Image credit: Zach Weiner

The way Kickstarter projects work is that the creator sets a goal to reach, and the project only gets funded if that goal is in fact met. Well guess what? Zach set the goal at $20,000, and he reached it in only a few billion microseconds. So the book will get made! Not only that, but Zach has set stretch goals, things added as more money is sent in. He’s already added several, and I suspect is scrambling now to think of more stuff since the money is flowing.

I would strongly urge you to add your filthy lucre to the pile. I love SMBC right down to my alveoli. Oh. I should probably add that there is the occasional NSFW comic in there, mentioning various body parts and reproductive strategies. But it’s scientific! Usually!

So go and order your copy. If you don’t, cartoon Neil Tyson and I will be very unhappy. And we have powerful friends.


Image credit: Zach Weiner



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