Lovelace and Babbage
July 19, 2009 9:30 AM   Subscribe

Lovelace and Babbage Semi-historical webcomic adventures of mathematicians. Bonus: guest appearanace by Isambard K. Brunel
posted by fixer (28 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
They had me at "Ponies + Numbers = =D"

I'll have to bookmark this. I'm no math wiz but I like where it's going. And the drawing style is excellent... but it reminds me of something. Anyone care to draw comparisons?
posted by Askiba at 9:37 AM on July 19, 2009

"K."? Who on earth abbreviates away the "Kingdom" part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's majestic name?
posted by Casuistry at 9:41 AM on July 19, 2009 [5 favorites]

These are fantastic! Thank you! I can't wait to show these to my mathematician friend!
posted by EatTheWeek at 9:49 AM on July 19, 2009

I mean, seriously, any comic containing the phrase "Byron containment field failing" must be loved forevAR.
posted by EatTheWeek at 9:51 AM on July 19, 2009

The panel that made me spit my beverage was "This must be twittered! Wait, this is a fan."

I fear the author's 'interesting' process for comic construction will limit the accessibility of some of his content to all but the hardiest of webcomic geek (self included), but he really has something there...
posted by wendell at 9:59 AM on July 19, 2009

If I'm not mistaken the author is a she, not a he.
posted by oddman at 10:09 AM on July 19, 2009

It looks like Eddie Campbell illustrating a graphic novel version of The Baroque Cycle.

(Note: this is a compliment.)
posted by rokusan at 10:13 AM on July 19, 2009

I loled at the newspaper headline "Wall St. Trader Leaps from Top Floor: Breaks Ankle".

The self-referentialism and tongue-in-cheek allegory remind me of Rob Walton's Ragmop, which I liked even though it was a bit much.
posted by dammitjim at 10:20 AM on July 19, 2009

My apologies to the talented Sydney Padua, who seems to have a similar but transverse problem to that of Indigo Kelleigh, webcomicker of "The Adventures of Ellie Connelly". (Indigo's a he, Sydney's a she)
posted by wendell at 10:22 AM on July 19, 2009

I have to meet this Sydney Padua person. She seems to think just like me - in random fits and starts, with lots of enthusiasm but sometimes slightly less follow-through.
posted by dammitjim at 10:35 AM on July 19, 2009

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was like the Wolverine of the early Victorians. He was short, ripped, had big sideburns, smoked 50 cigars a day, AND KICKED EVERYONE’S ASS!!

This is SO good in so many ways . . . I love!
posted by protorp at 10:42 AM on July 19, 2009

I was hoping for Lovecraft and Babbage. Now, I'm sad.
posted by SPrintF at 10:46 AM on July 19, 2009

This is quite wonderful. Thanks!
posted by languagehat at 11:05 AM on July 19, 2009

This is pretty delightful, but the navigation is a disaster.

I started reading from the beginning and thought I got to the end, but then looking at the blog again, there seem to be a bunch more comics since then.

Anyway, it's pretty fantastic, but I'd just like to read them all in order :)
posted by empath at 11:41 AM on July 19, 2009

Truly genius. I have another web comic that must be followed.
posted by Hactar at 12:12 PM on July 19, 2009

The drawing style reminds me a little of Larry Gonick, which might be to do with the historical subject matter.

But anyway, this is FUCKING AWESOME. Thanks very much.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 12:30 PM on July 19, 2009

I was pointed to this a little while ago by a friend who knew of the enthusiasm I have for Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I had not noticed that there were some more strips since then. So yay!
posted by hattifattener at 1:30 PM on July 19, 2009


I was turned on to Sydney Padua by the great Kate Beaton.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:47 PM on July 19, 2009

I must say that, due to this comic, I have developed a mad foolish passion for both Mr. Brunel and Ms. Lovelace.

Particularly Brunel. Oh, you rough beast of a man! Build me a powerfully large engine!
posted by Katemonkey at 1:49 PM on July 19, 2009

"wait this is a fan."

I. Love. This.
posted by The Whelk at 1:54 PM on July 19, 2009

I never realised I *needed* a mug featuring Isambard Kingdom Brunel until today.
posted by elsietheeel at 2:18 PM on July 19, 2009 [2 favorites]

I really want this Brunel on a mug-or-something.
posted by hattifattener at 2:31 PM on July 19, 2009

This is pretty great stuff!
posted by mwhybark at 4:07 PM on July 19, 2009

You really need 4 Isambard Kingdom Brunel mugs. One for the man, one for the hat and two for the chain (1 link only).
posted by DU at 6:21 PM on July 19, 2009

True. Love. ! <3
posted by susanbeeswax at 11:50 PM on July 19, 2009

Our daughter is (middle) named after Ada Lovelace. Great link!
posted by eendje at 2:14 AM on July 20, 2009

My favorite is the shirt bearing Isambard's noble visage and works.

shameless plug for fellow mefite Uther Bentrazor.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:37 AM on July 20, 2009

Such staggering brilliance, hardcore geekiness, and flat-out fun! All that and IKB is makin' my head 'splode.
posted by whuppy at 7:24 AM on July 21, 2009

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