Friday, January 21, 2011

Kansas: Land of Zen
















































This comic was drawn in anticipation of a long drive I made this week from Kansas City to Denver. I think Kansas was mad at me, because I had to navigate my Honda through a snow and ice storm that spanned the entire state. However, the terrible weather did make the trip anything but boring.

28 comments:

  1. That's where we are moving you to next year

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  2. Grant, I saw this one in the KC Star and followed it here. Excellent artwork!

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  3. I'm actually doing that exact drive this summer, though I'm coming from Oregon. It's a long journey, but from the border to KC is really quite maddening.

    On the subject of Kansas bodies of water: I remember going fishing in Scotts Lake with my uncles and pulling up a catfish that truly did look mutated. No one else would touch it so I finally stepped up and got it off the hook. Its skin felt like mucous.

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  4. Thank you for capturing the intense desolation that is Kansas.

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  5. I've never been, but Kansas sound verrrry intriguing.

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  6. Dude, first, I love your comics. Found them on Reddit. And second, the drive across Kansas is long and arduous. Did St Louis to Denver via I-70 two years ago and hallucinated for at least half of it. The never ending horizon of fields is indeed strangely zen-like.

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  7. HAHAHAHA, I love this one, I used to live in and around wichita. Eastern Kansas isn't as bad, you at least have the Flint Hills, those have some pretty scenery (sometimes). But whenever I had to take trips to New Mexico or Colorado, I usually brought a pillow and made whoever was riding with me drive (provided the poor sucker didn't know about the boring drive, then we had to paper, rock, scissors for shotgun.

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  8. There is a spot on I-70 with a little gazebo/bench that you can see over the curvature of the planet, and literally watch storms cross from horizon to horizon. ... I know, I live here. :<

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  9. My father in-law lives in Denver, so we make this drive often. I think you are remiss to leave out Prairie Dog town and the two-headed calf, though!

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  10. I still have nightmares about driving through Kansas on my way to Colorado. The entire bus broke into cheers when we spotted a single tree on the horizon.

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  11. This is great :) haha he got bored ^.^ i enjoy your work.

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  12. Love this! So funny...because it's so true.

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  13. Okay, I'm checking Kansas off my "states to visit" checklist. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  14. I-70 goes through the worst part of the state. Drop down and take US 50 and there's a bit more to see. I used to live in KC and moved to Denver a little less than 2 years ago--I'm well familiar with this drive! Great comic!

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  15. Oh,great post .I really like it ^^!

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  16. I like your Comics. You should really see my blog. And I would love some advice on how to blog. well see you later

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  17. Very true! I live in Leavenworth. The past few weeks have been crazy. One day it snows 5 inches and the next its 40-50 degrees. I'm looking forward to the summer now!

    Samantha
    http://museuminternmusings.blogspot.com

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  18. every comic strip you come up with hits many different feelings. humor, politcs, or just seriousness. awesome!

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  19. Sounds a lot like driving through Illinois N. to S.; nothing but cornfields S. of Chicago.

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  20. excellent artwork man :)
    thumbs up!

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  21. Excellent stuff man, humourous, smell of travel in them,

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  22. Everybody likes to complain that their own state is boring to drive it. I've driven all over the backroads and byways of 48 states, and I can say with some authority that only Indiana and Kansas are really boring to drive in. I hadn't thought to try it in a winter storm. Not sure it'd be worth it, just to alleviate boredom....

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  23. I've been this route a couple of times. You aren't exaggerating the boring nature of west Kansas. It is so boring that after the first family round-trip from CO to IL, we subsequently always went the I-80 route through Nebraska. It was more interesting.

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  24. This is why you're supposed to FLY to Denver. I feel your pain and laughed my a%% off at this cartoon as I just returned from a drive to AND from Dodge City, KS. The hallucination of mountains is REAL.

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  25. I love this. I do a bit of driving trips and this comic cracked me up. Great.

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