Messing Around With Babbage and Lovelace

Babbage and Lovelace

I’d like to thank everyone for your kind reception to the Ada Lovelace Bio Comic. I love drawing comics, but it’s not something I’d normally put up on this site my official portfolio site, which is supposed to present me as a person of high seriousness single-mindedly devoted to excellence in visual effects. Billions of blistering benedictions on Suw for organizing Ada Lovelace day, thanks for blowing my cover!

A common theme in the comments on the original Lovelace post was the possibility of a Babbage and Lovelace series. As I’ve wanted to mess around with comics for a while, and as this wild goose has presented itself to be chased, I figured I may as well spin off a separate blog for these shennanigans, being as they are very tangentially related to my bread-and-butter work. Thanks to my better half for the title– you’ll pry a pun from his cold, dead hands.

I don’t know if this will be exclusively Babbage and Lovelace comics. Until three weeks ago I would not have guessed I had a steampunk historical satire in me…. but it is tempting to kick stuff around. An in-depth story session produced the following:

    –vampire poets!!!!
    –Napoleon– cyborg?
    –Isimbard Kingdom Brunel, sexy, hat?
    –The Organist!

Not that this comic exists, but in doing some procrastination research I read the extraordinary Charles Babbage’s comic masterpiece of an autobiography. I urge everyone to read it immediately. It has charts. CHARTS!

babbage music charts

Also of interest is On the economy of machinery and manufactures, where he invents the checklist, notes down every technique ever for doing anything with a spring, and:

Postal invention

Babbage! I’m being a bit unkind to him, he wasn’t that funny looking:


Anyways, I’m not really doing a Babbage and Lovelace comic. Just, maybe, you know, some panels here and there. Maybe some model sheets. A few pages with Educational Historical Interest. A whole freakin’ separate blog.




  1. Cerrberus on May 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Babbage wore a fauxhawk!

  2. The Story « Kahani Designworks on February 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    […] Padua came on stage to talk about how she puts together her hugely popular online comic called Lovelace and Babbage. She defied the “no-theory” motto for the day, but I’m still a fan of her work. […]

  3. The Story – Retold « Its not you, its Media. on February 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

    […] After salty mushroom soup followed by pour-it-yourself complimentary coffee, the gathering is hustled back for more.  A quiet buzz is radiating now, and Sydney Padua warms the room with her quiet nerves, and peels back the layers behind comic strip Loveless and Babbage. […]

  4. FeralPixie on November 17, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Awe Stricken, STRICKEN with awe! No clue how me got here (or anywhere) but making me excruciating screeching noise in fierce glee and cuz it upsets local mammals. Onward, you comic genius you!

  5. TupcoanyncWap on October 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I love these stories! Keep making them!

  6. electromozzo on August 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Ya put a smile in my face.

  7. Wondercat on July 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    C’est un cheval d’Uderzo et Goscinny — et si je ne me trompe pas, voila Jules Cesar!

  8. sydney on June 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Maanahr– I’ve replaced that file with a fresh one from wordpress and changed my passwords.. the files looked identical though- false positive? I’ve let my host know something might be up, hopefully The Organist has not infiltrated me…

  9. Maanahr on June 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    This page tried to load the file “” which seems to be infected with “JS/Crypted.A”.

    My virus scanner is not amused.

  10. Ceridwen on April 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hey! You’ve moved things! Probably a good idea if you didn’t want comics to take over the world.

    (Just to mention, it’s too late for that, they’re everywhere, even in the blood – you can’t get rid of them… mwwwwwahahahahahahahahaha! [I think I spelled that right])