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Kai - Le Kommunique:
I speak on behalf of the Spanish Armada. - (2001-01-03)

Tony - Digital Garbage:
Snow Rocks - (2001-03-07)

Dan - The Word:
Anime: It's not just for breakfast any more! - (2001-03-07)

Jason - The Gospel According To Bigfoot:
A Brief Look at the State of Comics - (2001-03-07)

Guest - Jared Goldberg:
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Planning for the GDC
(2001-03-07 - field trip)
C:SotN (tell my family I love them)
(2001-03-06 - video game)
C: SotN (I still see the sun sometimes)
(2001-03-05 - video game)

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Snow Sphinx!
(2001-03-05 - Snow Mayhem)
Karaoke! @ Ichiban
(2001-02-25 - Silliness)
Fahrenheit 451
(2001-02-23 - Book)

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(2001-03-02 - Film)
Finding Forrester
(2001-02-23 - Film)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
(2001-02-19 - Book)

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Good Bye Chunky Rice
(2001-02-26 - Comic)
Shadow of the Vampire
(2001-01-28 - Movie)
32 Stories: Optic Nerve Mini Comics
(2001-01-16 - Comic)

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March 07, 2001

Cold and raining. That's your Edinburgh weather update for Wednesday.

If you're just tuning in from MegaTokyo, welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay, and be sure to come back Friday when we'll have a brand new strip up.

On the page update front, I am delighted to announce that the final button from our navigational bar is now up and running. Go check out our links page (yes, I'm definitely making it sound much more exciting than it actually is)!

I was seriously going to write a column for today. Up until shortly before 12:30AM here when, as I was sitting calmly in the computer lab talking to Jason and the fantabulous Nora, the fire alarm went off. In a panic (more out of a concern for my laptop than my own skin), I folded up shop and dashed outside where I was met by cold, wind, and heavy drizzle. A short while later, I was beginning to sincerely hope that the dorm was on fire; that way it would at least be a little warmer. After about fifteen minutes of heat deprivation (the only upside being that fire alarms are a good time to meet cute girls), we were hustled back into our cozy warm dorm. The towering inferno was nowhere in sight. As one of my kitchen mates suggested, the firemen should definitely provide us with tea and cookies if they're going to drag us out into the elements unprotected. My slippers definitely are worse for the wear.

Much like the infamous "Mother Nature", if that is her real name, we here at CXM abhor a vacuum (or is it that we abhor vacuuming?), and so Jason took up the call to arms, sitting himself down to muse on the state and direction of the comics book industry. Kai insists that he is to follow suit shortly, writing on the state of that industry nearest and dearest to his heart: video games. Inspired by the dedication of my colleagues, I picked up an old piece on the recognition of Japanese animation in American society. Jason and I then jointly undertook to persuade Tony to put together a little something as well. And so, the four CXM boyz were reunited in a common pursuit for the first time in months, though separated by thousands of miles, and several hours of time difference. It gave me a warm, fluffy feeling to be part of the team again.

My funniest link for the day was a news clipping I read at You can read the full article here. Apparently, several thousand New Zealanders were convinced to put down 'Jedi' as their religion on the census forms. It also seems that it's illegal to put down false information on the forms, so these people may get in trouble. My solution is finding a way to justify that you actually believe in being a 'Jedi' for the religion. It could definitely provide an interesting conversation with the census taker who comes to verify the information. I'm sure they'll be very receptive when you tell them that the Force is an energy field created by all living things. I would suggest not trying to pull any Jedi mind tricks; I've found out the hard way that officials don't take it well when you try to tell them that they "don't need to see your identification."

As usual, Tony has been up to no good (if you click on no other link in this news post, click on that one). Those crazy folks at UMass have shut down the school again, due to the freaking huge blizzard which has attacked the Northeast. My Cornell classmates were, however, trudging bravely back and forth to class though every school within 50 miles was closed. Here's video proof.

Don't forget to join us on Friday for a brand-spanking new strip! We're keeping track, so we'll know if you don't show up.

Dan Moren is still surprised he didn't get in trouble for writing "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" on his Introduction to Christianity exam.

Quote of the Day: "Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets."

-Dante Hicks, Clerks

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