The Demon Inside (just wants candy)

Anthony Clark of Nedroid comics of Reginald and Beartato fame posted this comic in September, but it’s especially appropriate today…  Guess he was getting a head start on Halloween…

Sweet Tooth, Nedroid Comics by Anthony Clark

Copyright Anthony Clark

I’m surrounded by candy already, and it’s a true test of my willpower.

Robot Overlords

Nedroid by Anthony Clark 8-21-2013

Copyright Anthony Clark

This happened to me at my fancy workplace bathroom recently, but with the paper towel dispenser.  Not sure how long I waved my hands short of sticking my hand up a hostile machine to yank some paper out, but once I was halfway out the door I heard that familiar whirr to see the machine working in my absence…  Creepy.

This is also the 2nd consecutive Nedroid I’ve featured on here, what can I say, I’m a fan…

Responsibility is Overrated

As summer ends, with classes looming on the horizon, and graduation after-er that, and the real world even more after-er that, I’m tempted to take Anthony Clark‘s problem-solving advice from his webcomic Nedroid:

Nedroid by Anthony Clark: Beartato Problemsolver

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For a more fleshed out and sadly even more appropriate description of my turbulent, tenuous relation with adult resposibility, there’s always Allie Brosh‘s early but super-popular illustrated essay, entitled This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult

Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh: This is Why I'll Never be an Adult

Copyright Allie Brosh (click for full comic)

… which even gave rise to its own meme!

This is all to say that if you never hear from me again, I’ve probably crumpled under the (feather)weight of my immense and multi-faceted responsibilities…  I can only do so much, y’know?

Passport to Adventure at *your* Library

Anytime one of my favorite webcartoonists mentions libraries in their comic I think to myself, “maybe I’m on the right track after all”…

Nedroid comic

Copyright Anthony Clark

Anthony‘s most recent endorsement of the magic of libraries came in the form of the alt text to this comic, where his characters try to get into Canada:

Beartato is dragged away from the border for being belligerent. ‘BOOKS are the only passport *I* need!’ he screams.

A half-bear, half-potato creature after my own heart…  I also may have turned one of my teachers on to the genius of  Anthony Clark, since they asked me for the link to one of his comics that I’d used in a class presentation!  Spreading the love…

Copyright to Make you Shiver

I had to give a presentation in class on copyright in the digital library world which was a pretty intimidating topic, so I was glad to find this neat resource from the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University.

This comic, by James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and the late Keith Aoki who illustrated it, focuses on fair use of copyrighted materials in documentary filmmaking, but the lessons are still relevant for all of us as plain ol’ concerned citizens… (read it for free here, or consider paying to support their work.)

The CSPD celebrates Public Domain Day on January 1st, the day that materials’ copyrights expires and they enter the public domain.  However, in 2013 nothing entered the public domain, all thanks to aggressive campaigning on part of behemoths in the content industry to keep extending the length of their copyright.  As it stands now, a work is protected under copyright for 70 years after its creator’s death, so just about anything created in our lifetimes will only be public domain several generations later.  Pretty ridiculous…

EDIT: I almost forgot!  As testament to how much time I spend reading the funnies online, I included this little gem by Anthony Clark (aka Nedroid) in my presentation:

"The Internet" by Anthony Clark

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Got some laughs, and speaks to the constant struggle of anyone who shares their work online to protect their IP from shameless thievery…   >: (