Wednesday, April 30, 2008

#14 Beggars can't be choosers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

#13 Heartbreak Haskell

Not being a programmer by trade, I had never heard of the Haskell programming language before the Real Invisible started talking at length about it. In any case, Haskell programmers have a nice sense of humour: as they say, even types in Haskell are sexy.

Monday, April 28, 2008

#12 Desperate measures

One of the most painful realisations of the non-alpha male's solitary life is that mass murderers, gang lords and every possible kind of violent, psychotic thug don't seem to have a problem finding significant others and passing on their wonderful genetic inheritance.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

#11 The boy can't help it

Saturday, April 26, 2008

#10 The Shannon capacity of men-women communication

Actually, recent research suggests that men are clueless about all women's nonverbal behaviour. While men are more likely than women to misperceive friendliness as sexual interest (the topic of the strip above), they also are quite likely to misperceive sexual interest as friendliness.
By the way, I still need to make a Gina strip where she isn't pissed off.

#9 Running in circles

This is where we understand that knowledge isn't just information but a social construct.

#8 Google isn't such a good friend after all

Well, this really happened. The o_0 is a trademark smiley of the Real Invisible indicating extreme puzzlement.

#7 phil0z0fee for teh dumiz

Cheap shot at YouTube commenters. So what. See below.

#6 Dr Invisible the unknown superhero

In the 1999 comedy Mystery men, which is about a team of underachieving superheroes, Invisible Boy claims to have the power of invisibility, but only when no one is looking at him.

#5 Story of my life

The unreadable story in panel 1 is a real story by the Real Invisible that he used to demonstrate how uninteresting his life is. It's about him going to a bar with some friends, having a good time, meeting a girl and nothing much else happening. But then who can afford to have interesting stories to tell?

#4 Inspiration runs out

The first two panels are something the Real Invisible actually said. Of course he was wrong.

#3 Drowning

The popular French expression se noyer dans un verre d'eau, i.e. drowning in a glass of water, means to be easily overwhelmed by events that are really less important than what they appear to be. Of course, this is a matter of perspective, and one person's glass of water is another person's ocean.

#2 Gina the no-see girl

I don't like much the ending to be frank. Or the beginning. The real Invisible is really nice and shy, not at all like the vulgar lout in the comic. I hope to make other strips with Gina the no-see girl though, there's more to her than just being angry.

#1 Birth

The title Invisible Me is of course derived from the real Invisible, but also from the lyrics of the song Mr Cellophane in the musical Chicago (lyrics by Fred Ebb).
And even without clucking like a hen
Everyone gets noticed, now and then,
Unless, of course, that personage should be
Invisible, inconsequential me!

The text in the last panel is in fact borrowed from the ending of the song.

Invisible me: the beginnings

Invisible Me is an accident.

It was inspired by the life of a guy who hangs out in the newsgroup, where the fans of the 3D raytracing program POV-Ray blow steam between two renderings. This nice chap, who goes by the telling nickname of Invisible, is a frequent poster there and has become some sort of well-loved mascot, due to the nature of his postings, that often deal with the loneliness and social inadequacies of nerdish IT workers like himself (he also has a blog here).

As he lamented about his own inability do draw something as simple as a web comic, a couple of us started demonstrating how one could draw a comic without drawing at all. In a few minutes, I had a few Invisible Me strips done in Powerpoint using standard speech balloons, the Akbar font? and some quotes of the real Invisible.

At this point, I really don't know how many Invisible Me strips I'll be able to make before I run out of ideas. When the creative juices stop flowing, I'll stop.

DISCLAIMER: this is a work of fiction. The real Invisible is a much nicer person than my imaginary, utterly lonely and completely invisible Invisible.