Behold The Cheese In Retrospect, Part 5

Let’s have a look at five more old Behold The Cheese cartoons.

We’ll begin with this classy cartoon. Remember: Behold The Cheese was mostly toilet humor. What do you think this character is feeling in this picture? Embarrassed? Relieved?


The next cartoon was drawn because I love the game Shadow of the Colossus. In that game, the colossi moan and howl when your playable character stabs their weak spots. Colossi are often covered in dirt and grass-like fur, making them seem very connected with the earth. I thought it would be neat to show a solid rock with sisu tell an earth-covered colossus to suck it up.


This next cartoon is a disappointing physics lesson. Sound does travel faster in solids than liquids or gases, but that doesn’t mean you’ll hear a whole lot just listening to a wall. They say that talking to a wall isn’t fruitful, but maybe we need to spend more time listening.


This next cartoon never actually appeared on the Behold The Cheese website, but I definitely drew it in the same time period. I think I thought it would be too weird. It’s a demon head and a sad blob floating while a laughing man leans back in his chair. Henrietta is probably involved somehow. I think it was my first “mixed media” cartoon in using something besides a permanent marker. I wanted extra detail on the demon’s face.


The last cartoon is a nod to my first classes in electrical engineering. In the lab portion of one class, we used an oscilloscope to measure electrical signals. There was a mode on the oscilloscope called High-Z Mode. Basically, it’s a mode to read voltages in the least disturbing way possible. Here’s a more technical explanation for those curious, but I’m a poet on this blog, not an engineer. Sometimes when I try to explain science and electronics to others, they cover their ears and say, “La la la la la la.” So this smiling egg in a field of squiggly lines is just as good an explanation of what High-Z Mode is as any technical one I would try to give.


Make sure you look outwardly at vistas and inwardly at yourself,