>New Drummer

This strip came as a result of my other blog. It is post number 666, so I wanted to bring inthe theme of 666 and maybe mark of the beast. However, I did not want to be heavy-handed nor make it a religious diatribe. So, the first idea was to use mark of the beast, but what if it was makr of the beats. Then, I decided to make them a rock group or something. So, I named them along the lines of 666 and filled in the rest.

>Georgie Peorgie

It is true that this one is not very geeky, but it does fit the theme of reworking nursery rhymes. It is also true that this one seems to slam George W., but that is only because that is where the name of the nursery rhyme led me. I try to make fun of both political parties equally. This cartoon started to take shape with panel 1 when I looked for a way to make my version have the same cadence as the original. So, I started thinking about what I would change ‘puddin and pie’ to and ex-prez of mine came to mind. From there, it flowed in panel order. Then, I decided to add commentary that would soften the tone overall, so I included snide comments from two political commentators.

>I Gotta Learn to Draw

These cartoons are created using standard Visio images, so I always have to tweak my ideas to present them using one or more guys talking with a minimal of supporting images. So, I used their computer image, drew an oval for a mouse, and displayed the text image on the screen in the final panel. Yes, it still gets my message across, but I might have presented it a bit differently if I drew everything. Oh well. For now, that is a pipe dream.

This is obviously a take-off on Little Miss Muffet (LMM). I wanted to keep the meter the same and also use the same rhyming scheme of AABBA. That meant not using the same ending sounds as the original. Where did this one start? I thought about the spider that scared LMM and wondered what would scare a programmer-type? What if their mouse stopped working? So, panel two was first, and then I just lined up my rhymes.

>Little Miss NERDer

Continuing the NERDsery rhymes theme, I take on Little Miss Muffet. With so few lines and limited rhyming options, I had to change names and the running away aspect of the original. At first, I ended with her having to rebuild the servers. That led to maybe replacing them with Macs (so of the antithesis of server geeks). That led to just an iPhone could maybe do it. So, then I rewrote a few lines and ended with the iPhone idea.

>Old McDaniel

This idea came from a team brainstorming activity and someone suggested the PMPMO phrase. The rest of the planning came from thinking of rhymes and a way to advance the same story through the panels. I toyed with CECEO instead of CICIO, but I really liked the similarity to EIEIO, so stayed with CICIO, even though that felt dangerously close to the actual reporting structure at work. This is the first of several skewered nursery rhymes.

>March Surgery

>This one was based on a suggestion from a teammate. She reminded me that some surgeon was discounting vasectomies during March Madness so men would have a valid excuse to lay around and watch the games. It is certainly thinking out of the box, right? I chose to say elective surgeries rather than vasectomies so that the character could say he had LASIK. Then, at the end, he is excited about Jerry Springer. Uh, yeah! Jerry! Jerry!