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Spinning off a Comic With a Reference Book

In a new web comic series from "This is Indexed" artist Jessica Hagy discovers new ways of looking at famous quotes

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Welcome to a spin-off. “All in the Family” spun off “The Jeffersons.” That rusty merry-go-round spun your cousin off into the gravel. Spin-offs are often fun.

Anyway. My original webcomic, Indexed, has been online since 2006. I’ve drawn over 3,000 charts, graphs, and odd little cards. And hey: office supplies are cheap, so think I have another couple thousand still in me. Besides, drawing webcomics is an amazing way to avoid having a day-job.

Speaking of  jobs: this site! Yep, Smithsonian was keen to host even more of my cartoons, and they were not entirely horrified that I wanted to do something a little different with them.

Thus, I am illustrating interesting quotations in Indexed form. Yes! Good times. I’m using a single book, The Yale Book of Quotations, for all of the source quotes. This is good for two reasons:

  • I won’t end up misquoting anyone: because that would be shameful.
  • I already own this book: so I don’t have to do any tedious ordering or paying or shipping or stealing to get my hands on a copy.

Like Indexed itself, this idea is one of those things that’s much easier to show than tell. So, here you go—I hope you like it.

Image (c) Jessica Hagy, 2011

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