Thursday, 23 February 2017

S8.292b - Art Aside Hyper

Unscheduled update! The strangest thing happened last week. Someone asked me about doing fan art.

I'm fine with this, in fact I've commissioned work of my characters before. (You can see a couple of those updates after Series 7: here for Para, and here for others. There were also art updates back in 2013 for Para, for Lyn+Root, and for Trigonometry.) But, outside of the co-comic I made with John Golden, no one's ever asked about doing it. The individual, who goes online by "Asclepius' Viper" provided me with a "quick sketch", seen below. Conic art!

I think that's REALLY cool, particularly the perspective, like you're looking up from below. Not something I've tried before. Also neat with the necklace flying out. (Aside, this likely explains why a search for "QHyper" turned up in my statistics last week.)

Fun fact, when I silk screened my Para shirt years ago, we were going to make a silhouette shirt for my wife too. She wanted Elly, but the number of cuts necessary seemed problematic, so she went with Hyper (the original) instead. It's nice that people like the conics. I have vague plans for Elly next series, we'll see what happens.

While I'm posting, I thought I might take this opportunity to showcase a few other comic websites out there that some of you might enjoy:



And for something very lighthearted, Pocket Princesses - what if Disney Princesses could interact? Sometimes I drop by these sites when I'm in need of a smile. As always, thanks for reading, and feel free to submit any fan art in the future.

Monday, 20 February 2017

S8.292 - Primed Time

I don't teach Calculus, so it's been a while since I looked up derivative graphs. The ellipse was interesting; I checked it in Desmos. I'm hoping the tangent derivative comes across in the image. If you've forgotten it, would that help you remember?


QT: We must believe the others can fix us.
ROOT?: Right. We need to stay calm.
QELLY?: Calm? Root, the two of us are practically reciprocals of ourselves.
TANGENT?: QArcSin’s suffering the most. I wonder why he--
FX: ZOT, as Tangent touches QArcSin
(Tangent & QArcSin are on the ground)
RHYS?: I’d hoped trig could remain unfazed.
QELLY?: Bah. Every horizontal change phases trig.

Monday, 13 February 2017

S8.291 - Self-ish

Happy (Early) Valentine's Day! Math relations are hard work. Here's a particular romance, three years after their first public kiss.

Comic-wise, I'm weirdly detail oriented at times. With ParaB being insubstantial, I reasoned she couldn't get the lenses to fix her eyes like everyone else, hence drawing in the old style. And then as I was inking, I realized I forgot QT's coefficient watch, and had to add it in post. Oh well.


PARAB: Nice room.
QT: You can’t be here! It’s a quarantine!
PARAB: I’m still insubstantial.
PARAB: How are you feeling?
QT: Honestly? I’m starting to feel truly parabolic.
PARAB: Is that so bad?
QT: It means I've become strangely attracted to myself.
PARAB: Do you want me to be jealous, or...?
QT: ‘Love thyself’ has never felt more confusing.

Monday, 6 February 2017

S8.290 - Power Trip

Our original Expona has always had issues with Para; I knew this would be her moment when (if?) derivatives ever came up. "Math With Bad Drawings" actually has this more horrific story on her immunity.


QHYPER: How can we investigate the origins of this virus without using technology?
EXPONA: Para. It’s always Para saving numerology.
QSINE: No, Expona. This time, it’s you...
QSINE: This is a derivative virus. With base ‘e’, you’re immune.
QHYPER: Of course, with any other base, she’ll generate excess Logans.
EXPONA: You can’t let me bask before you creep me out?

Monday, 30 January 2017

S8.289 - Gene Us

Well, this was bound to happen, right? I actually spent time over a week ago, playing around with derivative graphs, wondering about gender roles. This is uncharted territory.


QSINE: How bad is it out there?
QLYN: Before word spread, we lost QT, QArcSin, QElly, Root, Rhys and Tangent.
QSINE: Can the virus be spread by contact?
QLYN: Maybe by static shock? We’ve no evidence yet.
QLYN: We’ve quarantined all who were affected. Arctan is tending to them.
RHYS?: I told you, I’m Rhys! x^-1!
ARCTAN: Your gender reassignment is nowhere on record.

Monday, 23 January 2017

S8.288 - Bio-Technicality

New hairstyle! Thoughts?
For other reading, I recently participated in an interview on Alastair Luft's website; he's interviewed a number of other writers. I also wrote a short story for post #300 on my personal site - there's a magic bunny (sort of)!


QT?: First I turned into a cubic, now I’m quadratic.
QSINE: So this virus is biological.
QT?: Except my i-Pad shocked me before I changed. Each time.
QSINE: So this virus is technological?
QT?: Can’t it be both? Aren’t we both?
(ZAP in background on QArcSin)
QARCSIN?: I feel weird.
QT?: Shut down technology already!

Monday, 16 January 2017

S8.287 - Dressing Down

Thanks to John and Scott for comments last week, giving me a direction. If I do this right, you may think I planned it this way.


QT?: Emergency! Sine needs to shut down all technology, fast.
ARCSIN: Sine’s talking to cabinet. What’s this about?
QT?: A virus has spread from the election database.
ARCSIN: You don’t have database access. Who told you this?
QT?: I have access. I’m a parent function.
ARCSIN: You look like 12x^2 to me.
QT?: I’m QT. I’m Quartic!
ARCSIN: Your choice of cosplay isn’t my concern.
QT?: Will you just call Sine before things get any worse?