On My Comics Career (So Far)










  1. Bruce Byfield on February 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Minutes ago, I added the last sections to the non-fiction book that has occupied the better part of my last two years (I still have a lot of cleanup, but never mind). As a reward, I started catching up on your blog entries — and, boy, did this one strike a chord in me! My project is very different from yours, but I have no problem identifying with the emotions expressed, down to the self-directed humor.

  2. SimonJM on February 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Back in November I pre-ordered the book. And have been anticipating it’s arrival ever since. I anticipate no longer as Amazon have just mailed me telling me:
    We regret to inform you that we have been unable to source the following item:

    Padua, Sydney “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage”

    Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available. This item has now been cancelled from your order #XXXXXXXXXXXXX and we can confirm that you have not been charged for it.

    We apologise for the length of time it has taken us to reach this conclusion. Until recently, we had still hoped to obtain this item for you.

    You still have some options available to purchase the item(s), or similar item(s):

    – You can visit the product detail page(s) above to see if these item(s) are available from other sellers.

    – You can purchase a different version of the original item:

    “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” [Hardcover]

    Which seems to be the same book, just out 2 days earlier! Nice one Amazon!

    • Sydney Padua on February 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Simon– I need to put a post up about this but what’s happened is the book’s UK rights have been bought by another publisher, so all the orders have to be rejiggered.. it appears to be happenening automatically just with some hicupps. More soon!

      • SimonJM on February 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

        Hi Sydney,

        Yes, just seen that you have put out a post, and in the meantime having chatted with a friend who knows a little more than I of the arcane world of publishing decided that just what has happened was likely to have been the cause!

        At the time I was gritting my teeth and thinking, “sod ’em” thoughts, but after a very short time after getting their email (maybe 2 minutes?) I decided that the absolute joy of holding and reading your book out-weighed by far the peevishness I was feeling for Amazon, so slapped in a fresh pre-order :)


  3. Torsten Adair on January 10, 2015 at 12:33 am


    Your next trick will be to string parallel tightropes of various lengths, playing “Those endearing young charms” on the strings, ending in a roundoff double side gainer full dismount, sticking the landing just as the explosive fireball of confetti erupts overhead after you hit the C above middle C.

  4. Stannie Holt on January 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Wonderful! Not just as a commentary on your comics career (for which I’m applauding noisily from up in the peanut gallery), but as a self-contained work of art. Worthy of Punch Magazine!

  5. CJ on December 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I just received a pre-order of your book as a present and I’m so excited!!!!! Thank you for making this!

  6. The doodler on December 24, 2014 at 6:39 am

    This is so … eloquent! :D

    And gosh, congratulations, you deserve all the success you get — thanks for the comic!

  7. gilbert wham on December 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    And you’re a very, very good one. Babbage’s cheerfully demented face makes me happy every time I see it. Your drawings have such brilliant expressiveness, and I’m very, very glad you have as much of an obsession with the crazy cog-lover as I do. Moar plz, always.

  8. Ken on December 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Worthy of Blessed St. Eisner, as usual. Congratulations, many heartfelt thanks, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

  9. MadRat on December 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Adorable! I love it!!

  10. Vryce on December 21, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I hadn’t visited the website in over a year, but today I decided to check in again. I am so glad I did! Congratulations Sydney! I know it was hard, but you made it through, and it looks like you intend to keep going! I’ve seen webcomics break their creators, seen them vanish and never come back (and those comics didn’t even involve research and primary documents); for a while I was afraid you were going to be among their number. It is not a small thing, what you have done, and that you didn’t burn out is pretty impressive.

    Just remember: you don’t owe anyone but yourself. If anyone ever gives you a hard time for not providing them with free entertainment on a schedule that they desire, screw ’em. Seriously, they should be banned from anything on the internet that isn’t a pay site. For the rest of us, you have our love and support. You’ve given the world a wonderful thing, and we thank you for it.

  11. Marion on December 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Mah bébe! *pinks away proud tear* I knew her when she was jus’ knee-high to a grasshopper, coughing up her littl’ cords, an’ complainin’ about the trains in this country… an’ look at her now! All big and grown up, dancin’ on a big ol’cord, way up high, like a real, grown up, genu-wiiine comic book artist!! Ahm so proud, Ah could jus’ dahy!! *sniff**blows nose noisely* *beams proudly*

  12. Stephen on December 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Beautifully drawn, funny and moving. Thank you for sharing that with us. As a logician (professional programmer) myself, it’s a reminder that the logical and literal way of telling a story isn’t necessarily the best.

  13. Joe Green on December 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Five years of epic story-drawing. I long ago forgot how I stumbled across your secret corner of genius but I’m endlessly glad I did. May your day job continue to prosper but continue to leave you time for L&B. Or maybe L&B *is* your day job now? (Thunderous applause if so.)

  14. John Spencer on December 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

    What else could one say but – “Bravo ! Encore !”

  15. Ceridwen on December 19, 2014 at 2:33 am

    No. Five years already? Wow. You’re doing fantastic!

  16. Robbert Michel on December 18, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Pre-ordered the book. Can’t wait for it to get here!
    Really curious for your next trick. :)

  17. Gaia Quay on December 18, 2014 at 6:21 am

    BRAVA! BRAVA! BRAVISSIMA! And thank you for having the guts to do this. I am madly in love with your Lovelace and Babbage!

  18. thanos on December 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    sydney! there is no preview of your book on amazon! :( :( Fabulous expressions btw!

  19. elana on December 16, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Syd, it’s fantastic. Bravo! Standing ovation.

  20. Rico on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats on making it this far. For your next act you will accept all kinds of applause, drink in accolades, and hobnob with the most fasinating people of your time. In 200 years someone will draw a comic about it.

  21. Keith Woeltje on December 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Looking forward to it.

  22. Tealin on December 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    You mean *this* isn’t your next trick? (It’s brilliant!)

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy I can’t wait till spring …

  23. David on December 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Best post ever! A picture worth a thousand words, haha.

  24. Morris Keesan on December 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Lovely. I especially like the subtle little treble clef on the ground in the fifth image.

  25. Felix on December 15, 2014 at 5:28 am

    You just made my day. Thank you so much.

  26. CptFixit on December 15, 2014 at 4:43 am

    As always I’m overjoyed when you publish something new. So yeah: love your work :)

  27. jk on December 15, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I’m sure I’m speaking for many when I say I’m grateful. Why you’re not regularly on the covers of glossy magazines and appearing in ‘most influential’ lists baffles me.

  28. Jefferson on December 15, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Some folks are Born To Line.

  29. John on December 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Five years. Wow. Congratulations!

    And, as someone who found his way in here at just about the applause panel, we knew (and still know) the ending and hoped that the panic might have been avoided. If it helps, I would call the results worth it.

    It’s been a fun ride and I’m in for the next five as long as you are.

  30. Kat on December 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I love the amount of *expression* you pack into your drawing!

  31. ShinyHappyGoth on December 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Awww. <3 Well, from down here in the cheap seats, it's lovely.