- Metaphysical Speculation Into The Nature of This Comic, or: Lovelace and Babbage vs The Salamander People
- The Person From Porlock
- Babbage and Lovelace in Glorious Technicolor
- Thrilling Adventure! Treasure Discovered!
- Steampunk in Oxford!
- The Style Edition
- The Story
- We Interrupt This Comic Because I’m Really Distractable
- The Usual Grovelling; Brunel Beefcake; Musical Tortures; Thaumatrope, and Caption!
- Merry Christmas!
Did I say two weeks? Erm… here! Look at some process art!
Please understand that at present my priories are necessarily: 1. Job 2. Pub 3. Comic 4. Food, laundry, etc.
I tend to do roughs while waiting for renders (that invaluable source of idleness in the visual effects industry). Something else I do is Scholarship. Some scholars search for Truth; here at 2dgoggles we search for Entertainment. Something I was surprised to discover was that Charles Babbage was really, REALLY famous, back in the day, if by famous you mean, useful as a punchline in popular comedy. A few highlights of my researches:
– ‘Charles Babbage’ as useful shorthand for ‘really smart person’. Nowadays you’d use Stephen Hawking for that kind of gag, who oddly enough holds Babbage’s old position of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge.
-Babbage the logarithmetical Frankenstein! :D
– How was Babbage’s autobiography received by his peers? Yeeeeaahh.. that’s about right.
And I’m not even touching on the street music thing, which was HUGE.
Ada coverage from the period is far fewer and farther between, as a Lady only appears in the papers on her birth, her wedding, and her death, and that time they publish a huge paper on computer programming. I did find an interesting entry in an 1860 encyclopedia (about 9 years after her death), which gets in the ever-popular horse-racing but also remarks on her as excelling in chess. She turns up as a footnote in Hereditary Genius (with special section on Oarsmen, which are no insignificant part of the community!) under her father’s footnote of “strange, proud, passionate, and half-mad.”
Babbage AND Lovelace miscellany:
– Great little bunch of anecdotes about both them– she’s too mathematical for one guys taste, but Babbage ‘loved to talk of her'; kids made fun of Babbage at school– you just wait till I get my time machine you little bastards!
Babbage to Michael Faraday: Ada Lovelace is an enchanted math fairy! I can’t cope with the whole Enchantress thing, which is why I needed a stiff drink or twenty to get through much of her correspondence.
– The motherlode of Babbage anecdotes! with special Lovelace cameo! A ‘Babbage’ search turns up, among plenty else, “Charles Babbage: Hot or Not?”, Babbage taking some ladies up to his place to see his etchings Ada Lovelace’s math, and proof that I’m PSYCHIC as his place is described as “crammed with books, papers, and apparatus in apparent confusion.” Stereotypes: never wrong!
Man, when I read too much about Lovelace and Babbage’s unhappy ends I get so depressed I can hardly carry on with the comic. However, I shall RESCUE THEM and keep them safe in a pocket dimension, where they will have a giant difference engine to play with in exchange for being made to do funny things.
Anyways– not too many more days until the Client Pt2, depending on how many gags I can throw overboard to lighten the load..