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More Webcomics About Trees And Food

Man, what a great album. It’s got nothing to do with our roundup of great webcomcis du jour, necessarily, but since when have I needed an excuse to go off on a tangent before?

  • Trees: Maki Naro teams up with writer/editor Eryn Brown to produce a comic about what we know regarding forests, trees, and their role in climate. As it turns out, not a lot! Beliefs about what happens when you chop down trees (it gets hotter, or maybe colder) have been around since the pre-Enlightenment days, and prominent thinkers like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson¹, and David Hume have (much like T-Rex²) had opinions.

    The nascent sciences of meteorology and Forestry argued it over for decades, and modern climate science sees different effects in different circumstances. Turns out questions that revolve around three trillion things over a third of the planet’s land mass are complicated. Then again, that’s the fun of science — there’s always something new to learn.

  • Food: Shing Yin Khor has a comic at Catapult that talks about how we speak with food, communicate our emotions with food, find our worth (to others and ourselves) with food; as the tagline says, I have forgotten how to speak two languages. But I have learned this one. It is, like all of Khor’s work, intensely personal, beautifully, delicately illustrated, and demanding of multiple, leisurely readings.

    Take your time with it, let it settle over you, see what half-remembered whiffs of grandmotherly kitchens tickle the upper edges of your nasal passages, where olfactory senses are processed by a bit of your brain that’s not tucked safe behind your skull. When we breathe in aromas, we are experiencing the outside world in direct, chemical contact with the outside world; little wonder it sparks memory like nothing else. Read it, then take a while away, then read it again. You’ll come away know more about both Khor and yourself.

  • Tangentially food: KC Green and Anthony Clark deliver one of the best, most satisfying longform webcomics each Wednesday, and they’re ready to put together the second print collection. The Kickstarter for BACK Book 2 is up now, a little less than 10% of the way to its US$20,000 goal and a very simple plan: Books as PDFs, books on paper (new one or both), bookplate is you desire, five books for retailers, and only one extra: a cool pin of a can of beans (there, food, like I promised). Pound for pound, nobody delivers a purer, more satisfying webcomics experience than Anthony and KC, so do go pick up your copy.
  • Tangentially trees and food: the invaluable Gemma Correll guides us through a series of charms that will help you deal with the low points of modern life. Online trolls, spam, fake news, and bad Tinder dates all get their due; the charm to deal with unsolicited dick pics features a hot dog on a thorn branch, so there’s the trees and food. I particularly like the wards against clickbait (beads, feathers, and improperly-removed USB sticks, worn around the neck), carpal tunnel (a mouse — the alive kind — bound with cables and black ribbon, placed on they keyboard at night) and eye strain (an infusion of avocado oil, rose quartz, and googly eyes, taken 3 times daily). Find your modern curse and get to banishing.

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¹ Naturalist Hugh Williamson didn’t think much of Jefferson’s data on weather patterns, seeing as how it consisted of Afk a bunch of Old Dudef if it’f Warmer or Colder than Ufed it to Be.

² Speaking of T-Rex, he makes an appearance in the first panel as the history of trees is explored, from the Carboniferous Period to the present day. He’s looking dapper in his feathers!

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