I like to draw comics and funny illustrations. Sometimes when I pick up a pen and a history book at the same time, dangerous things happen.
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"The Crossing of the Delaware"
HISTORY LESSON: On Christmas morning in 1776, George Washington led his troops on a frigid boat ride across the Delaware River to surprise enemy troops stationed in New Jersey and was ultimately successful. This memorable icon of the Revolutionary War has since been immortalized in paintings, especially in its most famous incarnation, Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River by Emanuel Leutze.

In comparison, four men stepping over a spilled carton of "Delaware"-brand milk has an overall much more dramatic effect.
"Mess"
HISTORY LESSON: If you're paying attention, a certain pivotal event in the Revolutionary War did happen in the wee hours of morning... around, oh, four o'clock?
"He Plays the Violin"
HISTORY LESSON: Along with being a terrible public speaker, a resisting writer of the Declaration, and a crippling francophile, Thomas Jefferson loved to play the violin. Of course, years of practice probably paid off and made him quite the talented player, but as a teenager, he is still struggling his way through Do Re Mi.
"First Draft"
HISTORY LESSON: Thomas Jefferson was not at all happy about the fact that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make so many edits to his Declaration, even though he wasn't entirely keen on writing it in the first place. Adams, of course, lapped up anything he could get, so he just flip-flopped on either side of the two for the sake of getting his Declaration finished.
@Hesione: I don't reply to comments often but AW YEAH, DC.
"Francophile"
HISTORY LESSON: Thomas Jefferson was known for having spent a large part of his life in France and being fascinated by the culture, land, and people. He actually stayed with the Adams family during his sojourn in the country. Jefferson probably never actually met Lafayette, a soldier from France who fought in George Washington's army, but I guarantee you he would have been so Frenched-up if he had.
"Our Weirdo Army"
HISTORY LESSON: George Washington was impotent and couldn't have kids. But while he was in the army, he grew close to and essentially adopted a lot of the younger soldiers he trained and was particularly proud of. Among them were Alexander Hamilton, and, as pictured above, M. Marquis de Lafayette. Because of course.
"A Declaration"
HISTORY LESSON: The committee originally organized to write the Declaration was comprised of Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. However, once everyone had promptly turned down Adams' offer to write it under the cover of "being bad at writing" or "having a newborn child" (I mean, really), he had no choice but to turn to the newbie.

And thus our independence begins.
"Independence"
HISTORY LESSON: The truth is that even once Richard H. had his say, many of the members of the Congress were still wholeheartedly against separating from Britain. Any vote for independence, it was decided, would be held unanimously, meaning that any outlying states would negate the movement.
"The Unpopular Crowd"
HISTORY LESSON: John Adams, strapped for options, turned to the ever-excitable Richard Henry Lee to ask the Congress to hear out a proposition for independence from the crown. Everyone ended up listening to Lee, but mostly only because he was so loud it was difficult to tune him out otherwise.
"Obnoxious and Disliked"
HISTORY LESSON: After hearing his cousin out and being influenced by his beliefs, to his chagrin, John Adams did eventually come around to the idea of American independence. But, as Franklin has so kindly asserted and the makers of the musical 1776 have expressed, he was, unfortunately, rather obnoxious and very disliked, making any idea that he recommended to the Congress a fairly unpopular one.
"Second-In-Command"
HISTORY LESSON: General Washington's army is starting to be assembled, but while Hamilton was a crucial part in it, wait 'til you see who he recruits next. Not on a bribe this time.
"We Demand an Army"
HISTORY LESSON: Roger Sherman, Connecticut lawyer and owner of the most intense Founding Father Wikipedia picture, was on the committee to help write the Declaration, but went largely unknown in history textbooks after the fact, even though he was the only man to actually sign all the really important state papers. Many believe that he wandered into the meetings one day and simply decided he would rather stay than go back home and do his laundry.
"Podiums are Cool"
HISTORY LESSON: The Second Continental Congress started off rocky - what with the beginning of the war, everyone was eager to raise a little hell and kick some regular ass. But regardless of the meeting's subject, it remains the case that John Adams is unfortunately disliked and frequently ignored.
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"May We Have Some More?"
HISTORY LESSON: Thanks to Paine's outspoken pamphlet, Adams and the rest of the state representatives decided that maybe all the crazy political unrest meant that the gang should get together to talk about it. They didn't go to Franklin for permission to start it up, but he was at least present at the second Congress, as well.
"T-Paine"
HISTORY LESSON: Thomas Paine was responsible for writing many a strongly-opinionated articles and books, and mastering the art of propaganda. Alongside "Common Sense," he published books such as The Age of Reason Rights of Man, and 101 Ways to Prepare Decoupages for a Colonial Feast.
"Common Sense"
HISTORY LESSON: "Common Sense" is the anonymous pamphlet that was distributed to the colonial people in 1776 to spread the powerful message of realization and rebellion amongst the citizens. It was signed only with the words "Written by an Englishman."
"The Looting of Lexington and Concord"
HISTORY LESSON: The Battle of Lexington and Concord took place after Paul Revere's infamous midnight ride and was one of the first signs of an established citizen militia, or "minutemen." Thanks to Revere's warning, the citizens were prepared for the British regulars' arrival, turning the battle around on its head and showing them that they were not to be messed with. The regulars, generally angry and miffed at the outrageous disrespect, turned their tails on the fight.
"I Just Found It"
HISTORY LESSON: Video cameras didn't exist in the 18th century.