88. WALT WHITMAN: When I heard the learn’d astronomer
This is the second Walt Whitman poem I’ve adapted (click here for the first).
Lately I’ve been so distracted, stressing over all the little details of this site that I was losing sight of the reason why I’m doing this in the first place. Spending so much time on the site design, answering emails, finding quotes, filing paperwork and all the other peripheral details that drawing the actual comics became just another item to check off my to-do list. I needed to take a moment to ‘look up in perfect silence at the stars’ and remind myself that creating comics comes first, that I’m doing this for the love of cartooning and everything else comes second. It’s also another reason I decided to decrease my updates to once a week so I can enjoy making one great comic per week instead of killing myself over two.
Also, I know there are quite a few students out there who visit this site, so this one’s for you.
– Thanks to David for submitting this. This poem also appeared in my favourite TV show at the moment, Breaking Bad. You can watch one of the characters reciting it here. Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass (his seminal collection where this poem is taken from) plays quite a big role in the series.
– Download Leaves of Grass for free at Project Gutenberg.