November 1, 2009


  • First full appearance of the Besmurchins
  • Would the Lost Book really be blank?
  • Whose sword is that?


October 25, 2009


  • The Entry Pedestal covers with moss after deposit
  • Corny drops another “D-bomb”
  • What’s that in the trees?


October 18, 2009


  • Corny opens the Lost Book, and the strip turns to color!
  • The Entry Pedestal to the Beyonding is visible behind Corny- this is technically the “Nearest Point”
  • Corny’s first words upon entering the Beyonding include “damned”; this will be relevant later


October 11, 2009


  • The poster on Corny’s bedroom wall says “rapetosaurus”. The narrata border cuts it off inappropriately


October 4, 2009


  • First appearance of Corny’s stepsister Daizee, who was inspired by Pete Bagge’s style
  • Daizee’s shirt has a Heartbreaker symbol from John’s Arm: Armageddon (2008)
  • Mr. Barham, a teacher at my high school who came from England, made the “rubbers/erasers” gaffe one day, and everyone lost it


September 27, 2009


  • First appearance of Cornelius’s biological father Thurburt, and his stepmother Kaandra


September 20, 2009


  • Mr. Hoarke is based on Emil Jannings from The Last Laugh (German, 1924)
  • The Spunks apparently like to force Mr. Hoarke to read to them
  • The “deprecated textbook room” in Corny’s new school is notoriously untidy


September 13, 2009


  • Spunks (panel 1): Seth, Fibs, Puke; (2) Seth and Marfa; (3) Laquifa
  • Corny’s new school is known for its gang problems and unusually deep toilets
  • Corny’s sweater-vest is based on Martin Lickert’s from 200 Motels


September 6, 2009


  • First appearance of Cornelius Crispin Coddler
  • Cornelius probably sounds like Adrian Edmondson
  • The football jock in panel 4 was meant to be voiced by Patrice O’Neal (1969-2011)
  • The gang in the last panel is called “The Spunks” and is based on Jack Black’s gang from NeverEnding Story III (1994)