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March 18th, 2010: My very-smart-and-good-with-numbers friend Ben Tippett (who you probably remember from his Unified Theory of Superman's Powers from a few months ago!) has been hard at work, this time on Spider-Man, and has worked out the math necessary to present to you today How Does Spider-Man Move So Fast?, in which he proves that if Spider-Man does indeed swing from a thread (take a look overhead) then his average horizontal velocity is no faster than a cyclist, or a car in a school zone! He just LOOKS fast because we always see him at the peak of his swing, where he's closest to the ground and moving the fastest. If however he has spring-like webbing that somehow can contract when it touches a building (proposed name: "Dynamic Webbing"), then yes, he can go as pretty fast -- but such webbing would mean that Gwen Stacy couldn't have died from whiplash alone, as at its peak it applies no more force than a bungee jump! :o

You will probably like this paper!

In other news I am off to Scotland and then England, so I'll be out of the country for the next week. But there'll still be comics! Dinosaur Comics will run as usual next week, with the exception that there'll be no new comics on Fridays. I wrote all these comics in advance! whoahhhh

To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas!

December 1st-4th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 5th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 10th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 14th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option. For FEDEX HOME/GROUND shipping it depends on where you are: refer to this map!
December 17th: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (IF THINGS PLACED ON OR AFTER THIS DATE ARRIVE BY THE 24TH, THAT IS)

One year ago today: i call this comic, "the one i wrote wednesday morning, shortly after chartering a helicopter ride for two"

– Ryan

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