Hi, I'm Dr. Dante Shepherd, chemical engineering professor and creator of the webcomic "Surviving the World", a.k.a. the guy in the labcoat by the chalkboard. AMA!
Hi everyone! I'm Dr. Dante Shepherd, and there's a good chance you know me best as a guy in a labcoat with a chalkboard. I've run my chalkboard photocomic Surviving the World (a.k.a. STW) daily for five years, and recently started a second webcomic, PhD Unknown with art by Joan Cooke.
I'm also a chemical engineering professor working on developing STEM experiments for grades K-12 with science educators of all levels.
Right now, I have a Kickstarter campaign to make STW page-a-day calendars with help from Topatoco and Make That Thing - and if we hit our goal by midnight tonight, every backer getting a physical reward will also get a set of STW coasters as well. UPDATE: looks like we met our initial goal! Woo!
I'll be answering questions for a while today, so feel free to ask whatever you'd like about STW, raptors, engineering, science, or anything else! Thanks!
UPDATE: Trying to answer as many as I can, you kids have overwhelmed me with the number of questions!
FINAL UPDATE: Ok, I've been answering questions pretty much non-stop for almost four hours, I think I need to call it quits. Might check back and answer a few questions here and there later on, but otherwise, thanks to all of you for participating and for your great questions! I hope you continue to enjoy STW and everything else.
Let me finish on this final note: if you are a K-12 educator in the STEM fields (including home-schooling parents) and have some interest in trying to incorporate new experiments into your curricula, check out Science the World and let me know if you're interested. My research group will be working on a number of different aspects and would like to do what we can to help you and your students.
Thanks everyone! You rock. Sedimentary.