Bike Comics on the Internet

Like any biker, I'm always looking for comics about my obsession. I had a copy of this Calvin and Hobbes laminated and in my office for years.

Calvin, despite his dad's love of cycling, was much more comfortable building time machines and space ships.

[Unless your eyes are a lot better than mine, it helps to click on the comics to make them bigger]

Here's an idea of how much he trusted bicycles

You can see the whole series here.

Cartoonist Bill Waterson pulled the plug on the comic Dec. 31, 1995. Over the life of the strip, he published 18 books.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes) (v. 1, 2, 3) is available.

Yehuda Moon & the Kickstand Cyclery

This is one of my must-visit sites in the morning. Rick Smith draws a wonderful strip about two owners of The Kickstand Cyclery, which they took over from the previous owner, Fred, after he was killed by a hit-n-run driver. Fred's ghost is a haunting (if you'll pardon the pun) recurring character as he hunts for his killer.

dating advice from men for womentp://”>One of the most interesting facets of the strip is that Rick allows readers to post comments every day. The comments dissect the drawing in minute detail, speculating on what's going to happen next and occasionally erupting in (mostly) good-natured flame wars.

I recommend that you start with the first day and work your way to the current date in order to get a feel for the story lines. You don't have to be a biker to appreciate the strip, but it helps.

Done by a biker, but not always about biking

I'm not sure if Rosscott is the artist's first name, last name or company name, but he's a D.C. cyclist who commuted to work for about a year until he and a taxi tried to occupy the same space.

He has a minimalist style that mimics international traffic signs and symbols. Here's an example.

In addition to the drawings, he has a blog that is a collection of the strange and interesting. A lot of the postings reflect his interest in graphics and design.

Give him a few days if you don't immediately grasp what he's trying to do. It took me awhile to get hooked, but now I read him every day.

One Reply to “Bike Comics on the Internet”

  1. Yes, Calvin’s father rode a bike and Calvin did not, but for practical ideas on how to go touring, I’d rather be guided by Calvin’s and Hobbes’ adventures with time machines and space ships.

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