Drivin’ That Train

A friend of mine told me she’s dating a guy who works in trains, and among other things can actually drive a train. Naturally I wanted to show her the Casey Jones comic I made for Grateful Dead Comix in 1991, but I couldn’t find it anywhere online. I couldn’t even find it on my own hard drives – apparently I’d never even scanned it. Probably because everyone who worked on Grateful Dead Comix did it as work-for-hire. Well I don’t play that no more, so here for your (and my friend’s) edification and enjoyment are all 8 pages of Casey Jones. The Dead will have to censor this themselves, since I’m not doing it for them.

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For super high resolution scans, so high you can see all the little print dots, visit archive.org.

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“Congratulations on Reproducing!”

This piece of perfection comes from Dinsoaur Comics. Posted here because I love it.

Censorship Vs. Copyright

I’m crossposting this from Mimi & Eunice today because it is one of my best ever and I’m impatient for everyone in the world to see it.

They're totally different!

What distinguishes
Copyright from Censorship?

The profit motive.

There’s one more day to back the Mimi & Eunice’s Intellectual Pooperty minibook project! The above comic won’t be in it, alas, since I just drew it yesterday and the book is already at the printer. But there will be 40 other fine selections from the IP category, in full color.

Help me choose 40 Mimi & Eunice IP comics!


Regarding my Kickstarter project:

My current task is to select the 40 Mimi & Eunice IP cartoons the minibook will contain. You can sift through the whole IP category here. My current list is below, but it can change. If there are any real winners that aren’t on this list, please let me know by posting its URL in the comments. And please let me know what losers are on my list I should drop, to make room for better ones. Thanks!

1    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/26/patent/
2    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/27/censorship/
3    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/28/price-vs-value/
4    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/28/stealing/
5    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/30/thief/
6    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/30/intellectual-pooperty/
7    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/07/31/genius/
8    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/06/thou-shalt-not-steal/
9    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/13/free-as-in-free-markets/
10    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/14/freetards/
11    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/15/rivalrous-vs-non-rivalrous/
12    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/25/for-the-children/
13    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/08/30/something-for-nothing/
14    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/09/06/lawyerarchy/
15    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/09/24/permission/
16    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/09/28/balance/
17    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/01/non-commercial/
18    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/15/authoritarian/
19    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/25/added-value/
20    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/26/watermark/
21    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/27/viral-patent/
22    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/10/29/927/
23    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/11/17/obscurity/
24    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/11/22/stealing-labor/
25    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/11/23/killing-music/
26    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/11/24/principles/
27    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/12/02/limits-to-speech/
28    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/12/14/incentive-to-create/
29    http://mimiandeunice.com/2010/12/15/balance-again/
30    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/01/04/ye-olde-technologie/
31    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/01/05/killer-of-scribes/
32    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/01/06/ownership/
33    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/02/23/incentive-to-create-ii/
34    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/02/25/good-artists-copy-great-artists-steal/
35    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/03/01/un-original-business-model/
36    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/03/10/my-works-are-like-my-children/
37    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/03/22/protection/
38    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/03/29/so-much-potential/
39    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/04/11/incentivized-creation/
40    http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/04/20/hitch-your-wagon/

You Don’t Have To Be Happy Birthday

It’s a lot easier to be happy without the pressure. Also, I’m 43 today. Want to give me a birthday present? Please copy and post somewhere (a) Mimi & Eunice cartoon(s) of your choice. Thanks!

Also, please subscribe to the Mimi & Eunice feed. It’s free!

Crossposted from Mimi & Eunice

Reminder: Please Share Mimi & Eunice

Just a reminder to please please share, copy, email, post, re-post, link to, etc. my daily comic strip Mimi & Eunice. They’re competing against everything else on the interwebs for limited attention, and only you/me/us can help get them out there.

Here’s today’s, posted via the super-convenient “embed” code on every strip:

Obviously I’m offending at least as many people as are becoming fans, so it’s all the more important the fans share it.

Like everything I do, all Mimi & Eunice comics are Free for any use whatsoever. ♡ Copying is an act of love. Please copy & share.

Analytic Chemist Needed

A few weeks ago I ran this comic at Mimi & Eunice:

I’ve long suspected that soy sauce could contain only small traces of wheat, so I did a little online research. Surprisingly, I found only one item that addressed the gluten content of soy sauce directly, and found it contains none at all:

Gluten analysis of two popular soy sauces
We sent a sample of soy sauce of the brands Kikkoman and Lima to an external laboratory to determine gluten levels. In both samples the gluten content was below detection limit of 5ppm (see report). According to a new European legislation, which will only be fully implemented in 2012, gluten-free foodstuffs should contain less than 20 ppm gluten. The FDA also proposes a limit of 20 ppm. This means that our two tested products may be considered as gluten-free soy sauce. link

The article contains a link to a lab report which appears to be Belgian. It’s strong evidence, but celiac organizations are still claiming soy sauce contains gluten, which leads trolls to leave furious comments at mimiandeunice.com and my Facebook page for daring to suggest otherwise.

I’d like to clear up the soy sauce confusion once and for all. A Belgian lab report makes one data point, but more data points are needed, especially because these substances may differ between the US and Europe. What I’d like is an analysis of several brands of American soy sauce, both conventional shoyu (derived from wheat ingredients) and “gluten-free” tamari. Also both fancy health food store brands, and cheap run of the mill supermarket kinds. What would really be helpful is a brand-by-brand chart the wheat-sensitive could refer to.

So, is there an analytic chemist in the house? A chemistry grad student? A biochem hacker space with time and resources on their hands? I’m certainly not a chemist, but if you produce such a report you’ll have my undying gratitude and whatever publicity I and Mimi & Eunice can muster. Also, you’d be doing good for the world.

Continue reading Analytic Chemist Needed

“Nina” Font now Free

Several people have asked if they can use “the Mimi & Eunice font” for translations. It happens I don’t use a font – I actually hand-letter these suckers, trying to be messy. Apparently I haven’t succeeded, because even my messy hand-lettering looks a lot like my cleaner lettering from the late 1990’s, which I do have a font of. It’s called “Nina,” and I made it with Fontographer on my very first Mac – in fact it was my first Mac project ever. At long last I’m sharing it freely with everyone:

“Nina” Fonts on the Internet Archive

It’s a zipped file containing 3 versions: light, medium, and bold. Light and bold are probably sufficient; you can dispense with the medium for most uses. The format is old Mac “suitcase” (.suit) and may need to be converted into other, newer font formats. If you convert it, please upload your conversions back to archive.org (or send them to me to upload on the same page) so they can be shared too. Here’s an example of a Mimi & Eunice translated into Brazilian Portugese by Rafael Monteiro:

"Rivalrous" in Portugese
Original (English) comic here.

cross-posted from mimiandeunice.com

Face-O-Matic

On a lighter note, enjoy this online toy coded by my friend Margo Burns. It is based on “Face-O-Matic” cards I originally designed to teach very inhibited grad students to draw cartoon facial expressions for a visual storytelling class at Parsons. Turns out all ages enjoy it. The drawings are extremely simple, so even people who claim they have no drawing skills can copy them without fear.

The Mimi & Eunice Book is Now Available!


Order it by clicking the new “Store” tab at mimiandeunice.com.

“I laughed out loud!…[The Intellectual Pooperty cartoons] are very very funny….however, if you could inform readers that this naive concept doesn’t correspond to the laws that actually exist, it would avoid encouraging them to believe that it does.”

—Richard Stallman

Here’s a photo of the book surrounded by more copies of the book with pages open in seductive poses:

come-hither books

Added Value

Crossposted from Mimi & Eunice

Mimi & Eunice’s character designs evolved (barely) from this Copying Is Not Theft animation:

You’ll notice it starts off with the nose-stealing gag. I saw a similar gag over a decade ago in a brilliant Sam Henderson comic, the Magic Whistle, which made me laugh and laugh. Since Sam has made about a zillion such comics, I can’t find that one, but I did find this amusing one that relates to one of my favorite subjects, the First Amendment: Continue reading Added Value

Mimi & Eunice say it for me

Most of my thoughts about Free Culture are currently coming out as Mimi & Eunice cartoons. Check out their ever-expanding Intellectual Pooperty category. And please subscribe to their RSS feed.

Mimi & Eunice: Now 12.5% Smaller!

Due to the prevalence of narrow blogs, Brett Thompson modified the default embed size of Mimi & Eunice comics from 640 pixels wide to a mere 560 pixels. Thanks again, Brett!

Everyone: please embed these everywhere!

Embeddably Yours

Huge thanks to Brett Thompson for adding embed code to Mimi & Eunice!  Now they’re easy to share by anyone. Just click “embed this comic,” copy the code that pops up, and paste it in your blog or web page. Use ’em to illustrate your own articles! Insert ’em into your arguments! Share ’em with your friends! Go forth and multiply Mimi & Eunice!

Mimi and Eunice: the challenge continues

So I missed my whole trip to California due to a badly-timed cold. Which means I have lots of time on my hands to bang my head into the wall that is the Mimi & Eunice web site.

I hired a developer who started building a beautiful new system in Ruby on Rails, only to discover that my web host, Media Temple, has a relatively wonky and outdated Ruby setup. That led the site to disappear for a few days. It’s potentially a really nice system (though it still has some kinks in it), but I may have to switch web hosts if I want to rely on it.

So I started uploading the strips in plain old WordPress, which is excellent in all ways but one some: the images don’t show up in all RSS feeders, they don’t show up in Facebook, and I can’t find a way to generate simple embed code for them. What am I talking about? Behold what I want, as shown on the fine comics site qwantz:

See that code it automatically generates that lets you embed any comic? I spent a day searching for a wordpress plugin that does that, and still can’t find one. Help?

And I don’t know why my Mimi & Eunice comics don’t show up in the RSS Feed in Firefox, but they do in other browsers. I already did this, and installed the AbsoluteRSS plugin. But I still can’t see the images in Firefox. Help?

I just want Mimi & Eunice to be as easily shared as possible. Help appreciated, but please don’t suggest ComicPress. Been there, done that, it has a lot of problems. Also my budget is exhausted of $$ to pay for consultants, since the Ruby on Rails project consumed it all. The nice thing about the simple WordPress setup is that each comic displays at a small size (640 pixels wide) but links to a high-res (2400 pixels wide) image suitable for printing. That’s important to me, because I want to encourage all kinds of sharing, including paper publishing. The current site has all the features I want except image embedding. Please tell me there’s a solution. Thanks. I love you.

Update: Brett Thompson has made an embed code generator for Mimi & Eunice! It looks big and text-y today but Brett says he will spruce up its appearance tomorrow. But you can start embedding Mimi & Eunice comics RIGHT NOW!