Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Not the Cat

Normally these comics come out on Sunday, but . . . it's New Year's Eve today! So this week's comic is coming early.

See you next year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Speaking Terms, Part 1

trying to speak the language with locals in italy, france, and germany can be very different experiences


If you want practice speaking, especially with French people, try iTalki. They won't walk away, promise.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vocab Hole

when you speak multiple languages, you tend to mix up the vocab


If you want to patch that vocab hole, you've gotta keep speaking. iTalki pairs you with language teachers for Skype lessons. That oughta take care of it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Responsibilities Shirked

so you've graduated from college. work? grad school? travel!

Of course, the crossroads will surely be back...but for now, the open road!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Limited Creativity, Pt. 2

german words are funny

To be fair, I'm sure most Germans would find it equally funny translating certain English words literally. Heh . . . "Lichtkloß." Continued from part one.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rookie Mistake

This one's another verbatim true story. I even stood all confident and proud of my German like in the second panel there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vegetable Meat

pepperoni pizza in italy does not mean what you think it means

ProTip: order the "diavola."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Adventure's Limit

squat toilets are scary

To be fair, I'm pretty sure squat toilets are less wasteful, more hygienic, and better for you than the western kind. Still, some old habits die very hard...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Odd Bird Out

no rooster actually says cock-a-doodle-doo

In Icelandic it's "gaggala gaggala goo." Now THAT'S funny.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Splitting Hairs

americans unitedstatesians south americans

I know Columbus didn't really discover America. George Q. Ameriquá did!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Common Denominators

world map of widely-spoken languages

(Update: per thoughtful input from the comments, added Portuguese as a widely-spoken language to fill in most of the other gaps, though now I'm feeling even less poly-linguistic. Decided against doing multiple shades for countries like Morocco [French, English] to keep the map simple. Anyone know if Mandarin Chinese is widely spoken anywhere outside China?)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Just Married!

malachi rempen just married

For this week's comic I'm cheating a bit because, well ... I got married yesterday! I proposed over a year ago, and we finally sealed the deal yesterday evening in Venice, her home town.

As a wedding gift, my dad and a friend of mine conspired for the past few months to give us what they called our "first children", and I think you'll find them pretty great (click to enlarge):

itchy feet figurines 3d-printed

Aren't they amazing?! 3D-printed figurines based on the Itchy Feet guy and another surly character from this comic, I believe. As a kid I used to collect action figures, so this was like a gift from my childhood. He's even got the little backpack on! We used them as the figures on the wedding cake, and everyone was quite amused.

wedding cake toppers

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Diminishing Returns

when you come back home you might forget words in your native language

"Yeah, right. He forgot the word 'food' but not 'refresher class?' Whoever made this has never lost a native language." -You

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014