Thursday, January 28, 2010

You are approximately here

Harley Schwadron did this excellent cartoon about sampling error, accuracy, and statistics. It's a bit like the ones with the "scale" theme.  But it is another "you are here" comic.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Crowded Cape

This was one of The New Yorker's "Caption Contest" winners from July of 2008 where the readers submit captions for cartoons regular cartoonists submit.  This one was particularly appropriate for this blog's theme. The artist is Mick Stevens.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010


Jack Ziegler from the New Yorker in 1997. Clear enough?  Actually Mr. Ziegler resorts to military and map themes with considerable frequency.  We'll see more of him here.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Apparently in the middle of April 1969 Saul Steinberg (remember this?) needed to compare the areas of Wyoming and a bunch of countries in Europe.  Yes, Wyoming is big... and empty.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cold feet warmed

9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney. Backstory on this one: The couple with cold/hanging feet were a nun and a priest at the school that a few of the stip's main characters attended, but their love for each other overrode their clerical commitments.  The big guy is a gay ballet dancer.  Not part of the same story arc as the earlier 9 Chickweed Lane post.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Not here

Yet another "You are here" cartoon.  It's got to be the most common map-themed comic joke there is.  This one by Joseph Farris.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Florida magic

This is a 1926 ad for Florida tourism, before the basketball team, and before the Magic Kingdom.  From the collection of old print ads at AdClassix

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Strange penguin

Sorry, I'm a stranger here myself

From Piero Tonin. Caption says: "Sorry, I'm a stranger here myself". What's with the penguins being lost in the desert?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Global cow

This one may have caused the inception of this blog's concept.  Not sure why I haven't posted it before... though didn't I used to have it decorating the front page of this blog for a while? This is from one of the many PhotoShop contests hosted at Worth1000.  And it's simply brilliant.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010


Dan Reynolds clever (pun intended) "United Steaks of America"

Earlier we did one on the state of geographic knowledge of students in the classroom.  Here's another, much more morbid take on the theme. Would this constitute a hate crime in the antrhopomorphic wolrd that is this toon's setting?  This is an example of cartozoology, explained in more depth at the wonderful Strange Maps blog.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Adam discovers Google Earth 06

The end.

I think I may have made this point before.  If I haven't I'm making it here: Commercially available satellite imagery cannot show such high resolution.  Some aerial imagery can (i.e. photos taken from airplanes).  Most of the imagery seen of urban areas in developed nations on online mapping sites is from aerial photography, not satellite imagery.

Brian Basset's Adam@Home

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Adam discovers Google Earth 04

Brian Basset's Adam@Home
There have been a few attempts made by folks using online maps and publicly available data to try to locate Osama bin Laden.  One group from UCLA said they'd narrowed it down to three different houses in Pakistan.  Doesn't seem like they've confirmed this yet.

I realize I'm making a huge assumption here that Adam's looking at Google Earth rather than Bing Maps, or any other online source for aerial/satellite imagery.  Oh well.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Adam discovers Google Earth 03

I've worked on high resolution imagery that is detailed enough to be able to do this... but that's not gonna be available on Google Earth....yet.
Brian Basset's Adam@Home