What are the haps my friends

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

YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

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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