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David and Dale were at the 2005 Mocca Art Festival in NYC June 10 and 11th.

A Lesson Is Learned has been nominated in a bunch of categories in 2005 Cartoonists Choice Awards.

Dale has written a review for Mcsweeney’s in their Reviews of New Food section.


Interviewed by Xenex.org, David and Dale reveal their true ugly natures.

Dale has contributed to Ryan North's collaborative web comic project, Whispered Apologies.


Christopher B. Dino has kindly reviewed our comic in his blog, Totally Jawesome.

Here A Lesson Is Learned is discussed in a lively debate over conceptual webcomics.

There is a review of A Lesson Is Learned in The Webcomics Examiner.



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Dale, who writes the comics.

I am glad that is not true

If we look to the last image of this comic we see David's unhappy face, a moment ago calm in apprehension, spoiled by the interruption of his new boss's resurrection, and coiling into a grimace. I would like to think the substitution of one day for another, in a seemingly endless procession, would reward this expression in the dreary office until David is finally promoted to a position where the rewards are not so miserable, even in a company that solely manufactures nooses.


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David, who draws the comics.

A Celebration of Unemployment

With this week's comic, we pay homage to ourselves in observance of the annual Summer Job Episode. (Readers of advanced years will recall episode 3, perhaps with a sad inward smile and a sigh bespeaking the weight and wisdom of age.)

Today we find David much as he was a year ago, although much closer to the horrendous maw of actual work.

Comics read linearly while also presenting every moment simultaneously in a unified gesture. I'm pleased that this episode can be read without scrolling on a high-resolution monitor. This allows one to follow the narrative one step at a time, as well as remain conscious of the entire sequence. (Most conspicuously, the central hanging body shares itself generously across time. As though the reader were there in the room, there's no moment when one can fully escape that horrific sight.) After following the story as a thread through time, the eye roams back over the panels, experiencing between those collected moments new relationships which may have nothing to do with chronology. Lingering and letting time shuffle its deck is one of the pleasures of reading comics.


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