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Webcomic: Dresden Codak
Kimiko.

Sokar: I have issues with the Schrödinger's cat experiment. [...] In the period before observing the outcome, [the cat] is said to be in "superposition," a state of both decay and not decay, meaning [it] is both dead and not dead. Observer-dependent physics undermines the gods' decision three thousand years ago to ban cats from straddling the borders of the Netherworld. We won't have it!
Kimiko: I have reservations about reconciling a quantum mechanics thought experiment with Egyptian mythology. More importantly, what possible threat could superpositioned cats pose?
Sokar: Somewhere, Niels Bohr walks among us, unobserved and immortal.

Dresden Codak is a webcomic by Aaron Diaz that has been running at an irregular (and very slow) pace since 2005. It offers whimsical humor focused on physics, philosophy, and transhumanism — except for the Hob storyline, which, while having the same focus, was much more serious. The current story, Dark Science, starts out humorous, but this doesn't last long.

Dresden Codak is a sometimes Dada, sometimes Mind Screw comic focusing on the (mis)adventures of several often unrelated characters:

  • Kimiko "Thunderbolt" Ross: A misanthropic, cybernetically-enhanced Mad Scientist.
  • Tiny Carl Jung: Self-explanatory.
  • Dmitri and Alina Tokamak: A parody of the Wonder Twins and Marvel Family. They also have similar powers, except rather than using transformation and...water... they use physics.
  • "D.H." Ron Awning: A caricature of the literary-minded artsy intellectual.
  • Yvonne "Vonnie" Awning: Ron's sister and a fashionable, trend-focused bureaucrat, fitting, considering she works for the Department of Taste.
  • Rupert and Hubert: Two elderly Victorian scientists who live in a castle they built on the moon.

Not to be confused with The Dresden Files or the city of Dresden, though its name is a reference to the Dresden Codex.

The comic also has a number of similarly surreal one-shots, including the page that we adapted into the Essential Third Act Twists.


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