Circ Jockeys

Circ Jockeys #21 – Giving Tanks

Posted in Comics by Steeb on November 26, 2009

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Happy Tanks-Giving!

Back home with the folks for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone is having some delicious turkey, or Tofurkey if that is your persuasion.

As for the giving thanks part: I’m thankful this year for Wikipedia for being a receptacle for our collective misconceptions. After all, it isn’t the truth that matters, it’s what people believe, or more specifically, what people read on Wikipedia.

I was planning on working on comics this evening, but I somehow managed to leave my Wacom tablet at school. So it goes.

New comic on Tuesday! See you guys later.


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Circ Jockeys #20 – Courier NewAge

Posted in Comics by Steeb on November 24, 2009

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NewAge, you know, it rhymes with sewage.

I cannot tell you how many times the Courier font family has saved my life with its magical ability to turn a three page paper into a five. I never used courier until I took a creative writing course in college where the professor required all of our pieces to be submitted in manuscript format.

Man… is it Thanksgiving break already? I am quite ready for this. As I said last week, there most certainly will be an update on Thanksgiving, which is something that you guys can give thanks for.

Over the break I will be starting my Senior Seminar Paper (OOOoooOOooOo Omnious). Twenty pages on whether or not the graphic novel should be considered High Art. It is really just an excuse to cite Scott McCloud in a term paper. While I would prefer to discuss comics under the lens of Narratology, I could not quite bend the rules enough to make that a viable topic. I can’t complain though. How often does one get to read Maus, Watchmen, Fun Home, or Bone and call it research? I get to quote the likes of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, that counts as awesome, right?

Anyway, I’ll see you all on Thursday. You bring the turkey, I’ll bring the comic, sound good?


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Circ Jockeys #19 – Declaration of Indecision

Posted in Comics by Steeb on November 19, 2009

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I sometimes think that it would serve to wait on declaring a major until after you have finished your undergrad coursework. After you are done, just shake up your transcript and throw it on the table, ya know, like scrying bones. It isn’t like any students at a liberal arts college actually know what they want to do with their degrees (at least not any of the students I know). I have every intention of doing absolutely nothing with my degree in English. I blame, in part, my transfer adviser for looking at me like I was completely nuts when I told him that I wanted to be a cartoonist. Let the education squandering begin!

Honestly, even with 120-some-odd credits, how is someone that has not been into the real world supposed to know what to do? It isn’t like going to dental or medical school where you receive a valuable skill set. A degree in English doesn’t really give any hints about where a person should look for work, not even a broad point in the direction of a field. Case in point: my sister, with a Master’s Degree in the Humanities who now works in a human resources office.

See also: Peter Parker’s photojournalism skill set being applied to saving the world.

Maybe that is why Scholasticism and Academia have such huge appeal to us Liberal Artists… Seems only fair that we should be a part of the system that is failing us. Destroy it from the inside, as the revolutionary in me says.

Anyways, new comic to appear spontaneously on Tuesday. I will be updating on Thanksgiving, too. So, watch out for that.


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Circ Jockeys # 18 – Parrhesian Fallacy

Posted in Comics by Steeb on November 17, 2009

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Woo comics! This is very similar to a conversation that I had with my creative writing professor, except, if memory serves, my question was about the Green Lantern and whether or not he was lactose intolerant.

It is of interesting note that the Wikipedia article for Parrhesia links to the article for Truthiness.

Also: I would like to see an epistemological cage match between Noam Chomsky and Benjamin Bloom. Can someone make that happen? I mean, Chomsky has a leg up on Bloom seeing as Bloom has been dead for a decade, but I think that Chomsky doesn’t have the stamina to go the rounds. Iris Murdoch could be our Octagon Girl.

I am eating Jolly Ranchers and reading Brick Lane by Monica Ali. The jury is still out on this book; however, guilty or not, I still have to have it finished by Wednesday. This would be a whole lot easier if I was capable of getting a Jolly Rancher that was not cherry flavored…

Anyway, new comic on Thursday. See you later!


Circ Jockeys #17 – Asymptotic Inquiry

Posted in Comics by Steeb on November 12, 2009

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Welp, I am quite ill, sitting in the top bunk, sipping some ginger ale, waiting for my delivery of crackers, writing run-on sentences.

I’m working on new button designs and still trying to figure out how I’m going to manage t-shirts or any other form of merchandise.

Enjoy the comic! See you Tuesday.


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