Monday, February 26, 2007

Search and Research #53

I would try to write something here that is witty and interesting, but the milk and leftover chinese food that I had for dinner 6 hours ago is turning out to not be the best culinary combination, so I will just say that this really happened in my library this past week and so I'm writing a couple of strips about it. Enjoy!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Search and Research #52

Sometimes SCOM's safeguards don't keep him from taking things a bit too far...and, as my friend Jason pointed out, as much as Marc tolorates him, he's not about to take any guff from a piece of office equipment! Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Search and Research #51

I thought for a long time about what to call Marc's dad. For a while I wanted to have Opal call him 'Author and have SCOM ask her if she meant 'Arther', to which she would explain that 'Author' was short for 'Authority'...get it? Authority Record? My wife, however, nixed that one, but suggested Bibb as an alernative. Bibb is a weird first name but is a perfectly acceptable middle name. And Marc's dad just happens to like to go by his middle name, so there you go...Bibb Record. Get it?

If you aren't familier with what a Bib record is, please consult your local cataloger. Enjoy!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Search and Research #50

Number 50! Sweet! When I started this I really didn't know for how long I'd do it, and strip number 10 seemed a long way off. Now at 50, this has been a great experience. I've learned a lot about comic strips as a form of 'thought expression', and have also learned about setting a schedule for myself, meeting deadlines (for the most part) and being disciplined in the task of drawing, even when I didn't feel like it.

It's great to know that you are out there reading these things, and though I don't know most of you, it is you, all the readers, that I think of when I am tempted to slack off. Thank you very much for your encouragement and comments, and with any luck, I'll be saying the same things about strip number 100. Enjoy!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Search and Research # 49

Sorry everyone, I had a stomach sickness early this week which prevented me from doing any drawing. One of those ones where all you can do is just lay on the couch. So that's why there wasn't a strip on Wednesday.

Ok, so Marc's dad...I am very curious about retired librarians. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't just put things in order because it's my job, I do it naturally. When I'm in a store, or in another library and things are out of place, I feel somewhat compelled to properly arrange them, as though it is satisfying a higher order or something. I think that most librarians are the same way; it's just what we do. So what will happen when a librarian retires? A lot of people become more compulsive about stuff anyway with I bet some librarians really would plan out trips alphabetically, arrange their medicine bottles alphabetically, or maybe spend their days at the local thrift store arranging the donated books. It's interesting to think about...and is what gave birth to this strip. Enjoy!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Search and Research #48

I have to admit that I'm not sure what to write here today, so...Enjoy the strip everyone!!!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Search and Research #47

Now we get to see how Bo√ľk creates a record. He find's the information he needs, separates it into Description and Access and then creates the record via the mental interface he has with the computer. We think that his glasses may be part of the mental interface...Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Search and Research #46

We are back in business! Thanks goes out to the anonymous poster on strip 42 for giving me the idea for this one. My friend Bryan was not only excited to have a technology intuitive cataloguer join the cast, but was delighted to hear him espousing his views on cataloguing as though it were an art form rather than a simply technical task. Not being a cataloguer myself, Bryan is sort of guiding the cataloguing dialogue that appears in the strip.

I love all of your stories, ideas and suggestions and want to invite you all to continue sharing them as we go along. Enjoy!

*Edit* - It has been brought to my attention that our international viewers may not be aware who Paul Shaffer is. Here is an image of the great Paul Shaffer from wikipedia: Picture

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Search and Research #45

WooHoo!!! We're finally at the end of this story arc!! I wasn't sure if I'd make it but we're here. Thank you all for sticking with me through this personal storytelling exercise/experiment. I don't think I ever want to try to tell a story that long with comic strips again.

Ok, putting up 5 strips in one weeks has really taken it out of me, so I'm aiming to get the next regular one up around Wed. of next week. Hopefully, it'll be on its normal 3 strips a week schedule for a while. Enjoy!