Episode 71

August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

Hi, folks.  I've got a couple of things to address this update.

Most importantly, the Dwarf Planet thing.  I think people are getting really confused by these classifications.  If it's bothering you, just take a deep breath and remember that nothing about Pluto itself has changed.  Likewise, Ceres and Xena have both been out there for a long time.  Commitees do not vote celestial bodies into and out of existence.

That said, I expect this "Dwarf Planet" classification will be further refined in the coming years.  A lot of people are already saying that the orbit-clearing requirement for full-fledged planet hood is based on fuzzy science and rule-bending.  It's okay, though.  These names are for our use, and we can change them as often as we need to.

So what am I going to do with this comic now that there are only eight celestial bodies classified as planets?  Nothing.  The plan remains the same.  Nine planets ending on Pluto.  If anything, I think the out-dated astronomy adds dramatic irony to the strip, don't you?

Second, I've decided to work under a pen name.  I've been thinking of doing this for a while, but I've been reluctant because, not to be too melodramatic, I was worried that it would be insulting to my family not to use the name that they gave me.  Yeah, I know it's just a webcomic, but they like it a lot and I hate to disappoint them.  Unfortunately, the name my parents gave me is also the name of a successful animator on whose work I am often congratulated.  It confuses people, it confuses me, and I think the best thing for all involved is for me to work under a different name.

You can still call me Adam, but from now on I'm "signing" the strip-

get this-

Kit Roebuck.

I would make it "Chris Roebuck", but there are already several of those, too.

Kit Roebuck


  1. Hey, waitaminute here. Is this some kind of elevator 13th floor kind of thing? Or you got a problem with Bill and Ted?

    69, dude!

    Alec Reed

    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  2. how about:

    Celeste Meccano


    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  3. Oh, no. Don't get me started making up names. For that matter, don't get Alec started on names. He's got some zingers.

    Or is that meant to be an alternative to "Dwarf Planet"?

    Actually, "Dwarf Planet" is a pretty good pen name itself.

    I told you not to.

    Kit Roebuck

    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  4. NPWIL by Dwarf Planet.


    Kit Roebuck

    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  5. I cant put in to words how excited I was when I came here and you updated. It is a good one.

    And I like Dwarf Planet.


    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  6. THe best possible psuedonym is the one I'm using at the moment. It means "fat cheese." So appropriate.

    I approve of Kit Roebuck. It makes me think of a pulp story protagonist, or someone who knows Frank and Joe Hardy.

    Well played Roebuck. Well played.

    Gordo Queso

    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  7. Hey, the internet is all about pseudonyms. I'm more well-known as "Ravenswood" (nearly obscure) than I am by my real name (completely obscure), but it doesn't matter, because they're both arbitrary. The name my parents gave me doesn't do any better job of summarizing who and what I am than "Ravenswood" does. It doesn't matter.

    In an ironically self-serving twist, that's exactly the point you were just making about Pluto.


    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm

  8. "Ravenswood" certainly has more zing than "East Palo Alto".

    Anton Sherwood

    August 27, 2006 10:55 pm