Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Search and Research #15

Well, my buddy Jason convinced me to do some color strips, and since #15 was next, it got the watercolor, marker, and colored pencil treatment. So now, I think I'm going to do every 15th one in color. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Search and Research #14

Number 14, comin' at ya! As you can see, I just couldn't leave Opal versus SCOM alone. How might Opal fight this new addition to the library? A fun question to answer....Enjoy!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Search and Research #13

Well, I couldn't stand it...I can't wait, I'm posting the next one today. We'll let this one carry us through the weekend and see more of Opal and SCOM on Monday.

I just now noticed that I forgot to write Marc's name in on his nametag, so let us pretend that the light is glaring off of his nametag in such a way as to obscure the text. Good? Good.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Search and Research #12

Well, I was going to wait until tonight to post this one, but...let's go ahead and let it carry us through the weekend. Or, maybe I'll post another one tomorrow! Who knows? Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Search and Research #11

Alright! Strip number 11, we are movin' here folks! What can I say about this one except that the idea of a destructive library machine strikes me as funny. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Search and Research #10

I love the idea of a cantankerous self check-out machine. When I was in the public library system, ours was certainly uncooperative. We will be seeing more of SCOM in future strips. Enjoy!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Search and Research #9

Alright! Strip #9! This is based on the comment left by Caroline for #3. This story was so funny to me that I had to do it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Search and Research #8

As I mentioned last time, we're celebrating in this strip!! 1 week worth of strips, so we're commemorating this historic event in #8. Enjoy!

*PS - In case you're wondering "why would anyone think this is funny?" I've left a comment that will hopefully shed a little more light on this strip. - Eli

Monday, October 16, 2006

Search and Research #7

I'm sure this happens to every person at a library, and usually the patron is very apologetic, however...I think we all like to gloat a little when the patron is unapologetic, huffy, or otherwise rude in these situations.

I'm sure that some strip somewhere has done this Mastercard commercial but I haven't personally seen it, so please don't hate me for turning it to my own purposes.

Also, this is strip number 7! If you were enjoying this in a newspaper, this would be one week of strips! We will be celebrating this in strip #8, so stay tuned! Enjoy!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Search and Research #6

Fortunately for us right now, we do NOT have any student workers like this! However, I wanted to show the supervisory side of Marc's job, so here we go. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Search and Research #5

This actually happened to me...it didn't resolve as nicely as this, but a man asked me to get one of our female librarians so he could ask her to type a paper for him!!! I mean, he was a nice old guy but...anyway, enjoy!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Search and Research #4

Well, we might as well get number 4 out tonight. I appreciate all the comments we've gotten so far and am pleased to hear the positive feedback. I put up a link to this site's 'Atom feed' for those of you who use RSS, and I am planning on going back and rescanning my first two strips and posting them at the larger size. I think I've found a pen that is comfortable for me to use in lettering, so hopefully the strips will be a little easier to read, and in case you didn't already realize this....you can click on the images of the strips to read them at a larger size. Well, Enjoy!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Search and Research #3

** UPDATE** - I've uploaded a copy of the image that is more horizontal!!

I would like to point out a couple of things about today's strip. I am NOT picking on cataloguers here. I actually don't know any cataloguers like the one in today's strip, but my friend Bryan tells me that this is sort of a stereotype of cataloguers. I guess it is unfortunate that the story I'm basing today's strip on involves a cataloguer who fits the stereotype. I just heard the story and thought Marc's final response would tickle some people.

Also, I know that the image is running a little downhill, as opposed to parallel to your screen. It's just the way it was scanned in. I don't have a program on my computer that will allow me to do a 'free transform'. I may fix it later.

And, since the guys over at Unshelved did such a quick job of picking up this blog and telling their constituents about it, I should mention that my wife only recently put me on to them and I'm in the process of reading their archived strips. I'm through 2002 and moving on to 2003 as I have time!!! However, should I inadvertantly touch on something that they have already covered, please know that it was unintentional and must have been from strips I've not read yet.

Well, all that said...I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Search and Research #2

So far, the two strips that I've done are based on real questions or incidents that happened in our library. A college research library. I've asked some of the staff to relate interesting or curious incidents or questions and a couple have responded and their stories have been turned into strips. However, I can't always come up with sarcastic responses for Marc (our main character) and when I'm stuck I can usually rely on my friend Jason Watts, which is why his name is in the credits.

Search and Research #1

I work at a Research Library at a University and there are a lot of funny things that happen, so my friend Bryan and I decided (after several other staff members told us we should) to create a comic strip about a Research Library. Search and Research is the result.

Our main character is Marc. Marc Record. If you work in library cataloguing, you might think that's funny, otherwise...it's an interesting name I guess. I'm trying to be careful not to replicate the themes and characters that are present in another library related cartoon, Unshelved. It is about a public library, so making ours about a research library presents us with many different story options. I hope to post a new one every few days, but I do these as I have time and that's usually when I'm manning the service desk. So, bear with me.

If you have had experiences at libraries that you would like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments section of any of these posts. I'll read them and if I think they would make a good strip, I'll draw something up. I hope you enjoy it!