Brunel

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:

OMG how cool is this– LEGO DIFFERENCE ENGINE!

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.

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  1. 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!

  2. sydney says:

    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.

  3. subliminalfox says:

    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!

  4. Rod Gillies says:

    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.

  5. Zander says:

    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. Steve Swift says:

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

    • sydney says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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