This seems relevant to our interests, from the NYTimes:
At 29, Randall Munroe still revels in a recent honor that can resemble a lifetime achievement award — an asteroid in orbit between Jupiter and Mars and once known simply as 4942 was renamed last year by the International Astronomical Union as 4942 Munroe.
For a generation of computer programmers, astrophysicists and other scientists, Mr. Munroe and his online comic, xkcd, have been lodestars. There are the clever riffs and jokes about computers codes and the culture of the Internet that only someone steeped in those worlds can fully understand illustrated by stick-figure characters who show their humanity even as they are absorbed by numbers and paradoxes…
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced this week that it would be publishing a book written and illustrated by Mr. Munroe based on a side project on the xkcd website called “What If?” Though the book won’t appear for six months, “What If?” quickly reached No. 2 on Amazon’s best-seller list on the strength of pre-orders, trailing only a history book from Rush Limbaugh….
(Insert your own joke about smart cartoons and dumb cartoons here.)
… Years earlier, [Houghton Mifflin editor] Ms. Young said, she tried to get a book — any book — from Mr. Munroe, writing an unsolicited email to him when she was at Penguin. She was a fan, she explained, dating to her time as a technical writer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Mr. Munroe, who also had worked for NASA, instead decided to, in essence, self-publish a collection of his comics that were also available online. Even so, that book sold more than 100,000 copies, he said…
When Ms. Young heard that Mr. Munroe was considering going to a traditional book publisher, “I tried to buy it before there was a proposal — I ran to my publisher and got as much money as I could to just throw at him.”…
It’s nice to see an artist properly appreciated.
Apart from that, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up another weekend?