Sunday, January 30, 2011

Carl Sagan and his Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination





Admiral Leo. An unidentified spacecraft is closing in on us.





On screen Commander Capricorn. Magnify.





OH NO!!! It's Carl Sagan and his Spaceship of the Imagination!!!!











Astrology... Your future looks............. Gloomy.





Quickly Major Pisces! Fire the Homeopathic Medicine Ray!!!





Direct hit Sir!





Admiral! The Homeopathic Medicine Ray is having absolutely NO measurable effect!





Hmmmmm....





'CLICK'











Incoming missile Sir!!!!





Sergeant Scorpio! Engage the Perpetual Motion Machine Powered Shield!!!!





Sir! There is no power at all coming from the Perpetual Motion Machine!!!





Uh... Okay. Quick! Everyone put on your Magnetic Healing Power Bracelet© before the mis-





BOOOOOM!!!!





MMMMmmmmm...




Crumbly.


-end

My hero Carl Sagan.

Go watch some Cosmos and fill your brain with awesomeness.

126 comments:

  1. In order to make apple pie, you must first vaporize astrology with photon torpedoes.

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  2. This is brilliant. Carl Sagan <3

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  3. As usual, your humor, art and wit make a great statement and a big laugh! Thank you!

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  4. I. Love. This.

    You need to make it one big image with the captions in the image. People are GOING to repost this all over the place, you might as well make sure it has a link back to your site on it.

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  5. Also, you might want to get rid of the "BOOOOOM!!!!".

    Science tells us that sounds can not be heard in the vacuum of space.

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  6. What about the ninjas? although great, maybe a separate site for your other work?

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  7. Thanks everyone!

    Thanks for the suggestion Hypersapien. I went and dropped a link onto the last image. I still need to figure out the whole thing as one link situation. Hmmm.

    Anonymous, I did consider making a separate blog for non Ninja stuff but it turned out I was way too lazy. I think of this blog as a place to just put whatever I feel like putting up at the moment. The Ninja stuff will be back soon.
    ml

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  8. Take that you dirty hippy animals!!!

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  9. Awe.
    Some.

    I haven't laughed that hard in moons.

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  10. HAHAHA put on these bracle-

    great timing to this piece.

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  11. What happens if he presses the pi button?

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  12. Just awesome.

    Now I want apple pie.

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  13. That doesn't look like apple pie he's eating. What is that? Strawberry?

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  14. @JayW

    Where do you think he got the pie from?

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  15. I love Carl Sagan and this made my day. Thanks!

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  16. That's great! Very well done!

    Major Pisces reminds me of Scooter and Poe from Christopher Moore's Fluke....

    Meep!

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  17. But they were all okay, because they had on their magnetic bracelets, right?

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  18. Right, Hypersapien. Maybe replace BOOOOOM!!!! with *SILENCE*

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  19. That was just delicious. Thank you for cheering up a day currently engloomified by toothache :-)

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  20. Love the apple pie reference at the end!

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  21. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

    And great. Really great.

    Oh, it's awesome too. Totally awesome.

    I like it.

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  22. Your drawings are fabulous - I especially like your portrayal of Carl Sagan and I love the rockets and stars.

    More please. :))

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  23. I....I love you. I love you. Carl Sagan is amazing and you totally did him justice. <3

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  24. I couldn't help but read Sagan's parts in his voice. Simply brilliant.

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  25. if only they had turned down the power of the homeopathy ray 1:100,000 times, it might have worked...

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  26. Well, whether or not there's a boom depends on the position of the microphone in-comic :)

    After all, even though their ship is currently being blown up by SCIENCE, there's still atmosphere present - if you were measuring sound from (say) the bridge of the Astrology, you'd definitely pick up a boomish noise.

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  27. This is so full of AWESOME I'm on the verge of tears. Thank you SO much!

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  28. The only way to combat superstition. Go Carl, go!

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  29. Excellent.

    http://sagansbrain.blogspot.com

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  30. Simply great! A great tribute to Carl Sagan!

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  31. This is quite possibly the most badass thing I've ever seen. Evar.
    I love the apple pie at the end...

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  32. http://postcardstotheether.blogspot.com/2011/01/postcard-1-to-carl-sagan.html

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  33. Made of sugar, win, pastry, and awesome!

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  34. Excellent in billions of magnitude. :)

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  35. Who doesn't love science? And Sagan is such a great man. But I wonder... are you all laughing at this because you actually think it's funny or are you forcing yourselves to praise it simply because it's pro-science?

    Heaven forbid that a pro-science cartoon is simply not funny.

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  36. What happens if he presses the pi button?

    He just keeps going in circles.

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  37. Wonderful! Brilliant!


    I miss Carl (and Richard Feynman too). Their science as a "candle in the darkness" wisdom is greatly needed.

    It's good to know that the "truth IS out there" -- and it is Carl in his ship of the imagination.

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  38. Thank you so much for not having anyone say "How are you gentlemen!" ;)

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  39. I think the cartoon is very well done and hilarious... and sad. I am currently doing some reading about how the scientific method came into life (Galileo, Bacon, Descartes) and what it has done. For example, land a man on the moon. For example, create weapons that destroy starships (ficticious example, I have absolutely no idea how this got into my head ;) ).
    It surely is the most powerful thing we currently have. But is it necessarily the best thing? And should we make fun of everything else, because it is less efficient at making war?

    I do not want to destroy anyones enjoyment of this cartoon. It's still very funny. I just wanted to point out this aspect about it because I am currently reading so much about it and I think it deserves mentioning.

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  40. All I can say is "Thank you for keeping Carl alive".

    Would it be OK if I translate it to Spanish and post it with proper credits?

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  41. this is so very fucking epic <3 <3 <3

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  42. Hilarious, and I love the panel for Scorpio.

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  43. Where was Private 3rd Class Ophiuchus in all of this?

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  44. Wow! I've never had such a reaction to one of my web-comics before!

    I welcome translations. It's already been translated into German and Portuguese. Just throw a link back to Ninjerktsu so if people dig it they can find some more comics.

    Cheers!

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  45. What fantastic fun!
    Thanks very much for posting this up on yer blog, magnificent stuff.

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  46. You have brightened an otherwise gloomy day. Thank you, Michael.
    Can't wait until Carl takes on Chuck Norris and the Texas school board.

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  47. And spanish version too ;)

    http://www.drgen.com.ar/2011/02/carl-sagan-contra-pseudociencias/

    Congrats Michael!!!

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  48. The best shit on internet.

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  49. This is the most fabulous thing ever. Hilarious and lovely drawing style.

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  50. That is hilarious. Always a fan of all things Sagan, seeing I named my son after him! :)

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  51. Absolutely amazing!

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  52. that is hilarious!! I love it. Bad Astronomy sent me.... aaaand so I found myself flipping through all of your stuff for the past hour. I am pleased. :P

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  53. Words cannot express how happy this has just made me.

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  54. Hail from Bad Astronomy. Your comic inspired a lot of fans I am sure. Enjoy. I have posted to facebook and will come visit if this is the quality of material to expect. We need a comic book hero like Carl Sagan. You did him justice!

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  55. Hysterical. Added to the blogroll and passed on to others.

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  56. mmmm... apple pie. posted this on my blog too btw, it's pure genius, thank you.

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  57. I stumbled upon this Dutch blog, badly translated by google, which adresses the same matter in a different way. http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jifonline.nl%2Fjif6%2F2011%2F02%2F01%2Fplanckschaaltherapie%2F

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  58. Hypesapien emailed me this with his suggestion. I've turned it into a single jpg file for you, but have no idea how to get it to you so I've just posted it on
    my own blog, Divide By Zero.

    You can just right click and save it from there, then re-post it as a single image link.

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  59. I loved especially the whole Khan Noonian Sagan characterization!

    SAGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!

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  60. Sagan rules!

    No I mean, Sagan followed rules and thus triumphs over ignorance and wooly thinking!

    Imagine no religion.

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  61. Man, you rock! Greetings from Brazil.

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  62. That is perfect, but I have to ask. Is that a "pot" pie? (I had to indulge myself, sorry. My lame joke gland was swollen and needed to be drained a little.)

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  63. Thanks for rememberig Dear Carl. I still remembre when I saw Cosmos for the first time in TV (I have a copy in VHS and a bad copy in DVD, the book and the music in a 33 rpm-vinile). I still enjoy reading his books (like Rama or Brocca's brain). Greetings from Buenos Aires. Rodolfo.

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  64. Mike, you're killing me! I was still laughing at the puppet one... jeez... !

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  65. Seriously, I almost fell of my chair when they fired that homepathic ray. ^^

    +rep! very well done.

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  66. The last panel is my favourite. I laughed so hard at the whole thing, it's brilliant.
    Sagan is a hero of mine and I'm always trying to get people to read The Demon-Haunted World. In many cases, they come back for more. We need more people who can write like that.

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  67. Very very very glad!

    Very very nice!

    Laugh and glad!

    A funny spice!

    Thanks for Carl!

    Thanks Michael Lester,

    thanks and thanks!

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  68. Laughing so hard, it hurt. The Pie was the perfectpunch line XD. Ow! XD

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  69. "Mmmm Crumbly." I laughed so hard, I hurt.

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  70. Sir, you've made the Internet a much better place in all respects!!

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  71. Just discovered that COSMOS is available for streaming on Netflix! You bet that sh*t's in my instant queue!

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  72. haha that was amazing. but those people with the deer are insane. my emotions are now conflicted

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  73. Nice cartoon, but it needs a follow-up. Those who worked with him might say that Carl Sagan is better remembered than experienced, and that aspect of his personality gets lost as the myth building continues.

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  74. I still think he should have ended with, "Remember, we're all made of starstuff. Especially those guys."

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  75. Well I posted it, people generally seem to like it. On Facebook also :)

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  76. Absolutely love this, but I have a quick question

    "Astrology... Your future looks............. Gloomy."

    'Gloomy' seems to be emphasized here, is this deliberate? Has Carl Sagan got a quote with claiming Astrology to be gloomy? Or is there another reason?

    Sorry, not trying to discredit, just wanted to know the thought process behind the word 'gloomy'.

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  77. There is a part in Cosmos where Carl Sagan says, "Gloom" and "Gloomy" I liked the way he drags it out. Glooooom. :)

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  78. Absolutely brilliant! A missile marked "science" XD

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  79. Hi there! Just to let you know that I've translated your comic to portuguese, given you full credit, of course.

    It's in here:
    http://astropt.org/blog/2011/02/19/carl-sagan-nave/

    Keep up the good work ;)

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  80. Hey thanks for checking out my blog. Yours is damn hilarious! Awesome awesome drawings, funny stories, and I love Carl Sagan!

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  81. Okay, this definitely made my night. Thank you!

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  82. BRILLIANT! I hope you make more!

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  83. Just wanted to be your 100th comment!

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  84. So awesome. I want this animated, STAT!

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  85. Absolutely brilliant - Had me in stitches! I'm a big fan of Carl Sagan, and now a fan of your blog. You have quite the knack for storytelling, clearly!

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  86. I used this to introduce a Vet friend of mine to Carl Sagan's works. He loved it(and regrets not hearing of Carl Sagan earlier).

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  87. To robinlux - so because science has been used to create destruction as well as good things we should perhaps spend more time on things that provide nothing other than a way for charlatans to part the gullible from their cash? How did you get to this being about making fun of things because they're not efficient at making war (since it seems you're going with war involving people killing each other)? It's a metaphor - things like astrology and homeopathy are unable to defend themselves in the face of rigorous investigation. The metaphor is for a real war, though, it's just not a war which involves people killing each other, it's a war against those charlatans which I would think makes it in the interests of the vast majority of people. The only casualties will either be science or a section of pseudoscience.

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  88. This is awesome, except for one thing. You need to learn the simple rule of a comma before a direct address, because there's a HUGE difference between "Let's eat, grandma" and "Let's eat grandma".

    Thus:
    On screen, Commander Capricorn.
    Quickly, Major Pisces!
    Incoming missile, Sir!!!!

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  89. Really awesome comic!

    I was linked to it by a friend who said it was very similar to a song/video I just put out on the subject of astrology. The title is "Astrology is Wrong", so we're not exactly mincing words here.

    Unfortunately, Carl Sagan eating pie does not make an appearance, but it is a fun catchy song with a piano ballad breakdown.

    http://youtu.be/-mQi_hl6rgA

    -Jim of The Long Holidays

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  90. Top fukken notch!

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  91. A fully armed spaceship of the rational imagination is a terror to behold.

    And... he finishes off his victims while eating a pie he made from scratch.

    Carl Sagan is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space.

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  92. Absolutely brilliant! Made me laugh a lot.

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  93. God I'm tired of this stupid, repetitive attack on Homeopathy without any real cause or actual knowledge of it. It's just parroting the pharmaceutical companies propaganda. Aside from that it's a fun cartoon.

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  94. slow clap commence..the good kind.

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  95. OMG! I can hear his voice say each line. Brilliant!

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  96. "Sir! There is no power at all coming from the Perpetual Motion Machine!!!"

    They must have had their First-Law-Uncoupler, uncoupled.

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  97. You rock so hard for making that. Absolutely brilliant.

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  98. Hah, great comic. I really like the *No measurable effect* part for the Homeopathic Ray.

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  99. I bookmarked this more than a year and a half ago. It's good to come back to.

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  100. Brilliant. The only thing i could possible add is this: Needs to be a movie. ^^

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  101. Hey, I was thinking about adapting this into a short 3D animation and came here just to check with you, but then I saw that you work at Dreamworks and could probably do a better piece in a few hours than I would make in a few weeks. I'm still up for trying, next chance I get, though!

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  102. Absolutely Amazing!!!
    I love it!
    Well done sir

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  103. THIS NEEDS TO BE AN ANIMATED SERIES!

    Git yerself over to Kickstarter, STAT!

    (Oh, & come join us on INTJ's Google+!)

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  104. How dare you not have point defense!!!

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