I’m working on Part 2 of Lovelace and Babbage vs the economy but I had to draw this for some reason:

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!!

Okay, I don’t know for a fact that he was ripped.  It’s hard to tell:

I’m struggling with the unforgiving black-and-white—- pretty much all the drawing I’ve done, I noodle happily with a soft blue pencil and then leave it that (or some poor sap had to clean it up). I think it reads better on screen than half-tones though; plus it’s good discipline; plus in a weird way you can get away with more stuff.

Some of the serious research us here at L&B enterprises have been doing:


Or, with some really nice videos of the Awesome Might of the Difference Engine– Mechano Difference Engine!

And, if you can HANDLE THIS:  Babbage’s BRAAAAAAIIIIIINNSSS!! at the Science Museum.


  1. Peter Spicer-Wensley on April 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    To Harvey – you’re going to buy him “Brains!!!” Is he a Zombie??? or possibly large chains – or a t-shirt with Brunel – Victorian Wolverine on it… I am so confused.

  2. Harvey Musser on March 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    It is my son’s birthday soon and I think that this write-up has made my mind up regarding precisely what I am going to buy him.

  3. Steve Swift on November 1, 2009 at 8:27 am

    For those of us whose only language is English, what is the meaning of the word “ripped”?

    • sydney on November 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

      In the sub-dialect California-English, of which I am a non-native speaker, it means ‘having notably large and well-defined musculature’, dude.

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  5. Zander on May 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Oh, (I know it’s probably not what you want to hear but) this is WONDERFUL!

    Thank you! I must now send virtual hugs to the person who linked me to it. And some to you of course.

  6. Rod Gillies on May 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I too would pay for a Brunel t-shirt. As long as it said “Brunel – Victorian Wolverine” on it.

    I am enjoying the comic, but would like an airship to appear soon.

    Very good. Carry on.

  7. subliminalfox on May 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Seriously great work on Lovelace and Babbage. Please continue! I would also happily pay money for a t-shirt with that picture of I.K. Brunel on it.

    Love the work!

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  9. sydney on April 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hahaha, I hadn’t thought about tshirts.. I have a Brunel mug, with him in front of the chains, I got from the Thames Tunnel museum.

  10. Justin Pickard on April 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Just want you to know that I would happily pay money for a t-shirt with that image of Brunel on it. Keep up the awesome!