Just under three months after The Eighth Day's two thousandth visitor--boy, these milestones just keep coming faster and faster, don't they?--I now have a person or persons unknown from Wassau, Wisconsin, USA to thank for pushing us over the three thousand hits mark today with a four-second visit at 5:17:32 AM EST!
This time you'll be seeing something different celebrating this occasion, as the most popular posts on TED have remained basically unchanged, so no montage. (Sorry!)
Instead, as a follow-up to my previous post, here is my other entry for the just-concluded Topless Robot art contest!

I started out from the premise, What would Calvin's "Spaceman Spiff" daydreams look like when he got older? The "logical" conclusion: instead of a Buck Rogers-type character, Spiff would now be a Halo space marine. Then, just for good measure, I threw in a more realistic-looking Hobbes as a Jedi knight. Why? Absolutely no bloody reason. It just came to me!
The ironic thing is that I literally spent hours on painstakingly inking this and then coloring it in Photoshop, while the Calvin-and-Hobbes-as-Fantastic-Four picture (yes, for some reason I seem to have Calvin and Hobbes on the brain lately) was basically just an afterthought scribble, and yet it was the latter that garnered an Honorable Mention while this one got bupkes. It just goes to show.
Some small details: the Spiff lightning bolt is emblazoned on Calvin's chestplate (and that is a generically Spiff-y ray gun he's holding), and his helmet's visor is tinted to resemble Spiff's goggles.
In conclusion: Calvin may have grown older, but he still hasn't quite grown up yet...

Drawn using:
No. 2 pencil (sketch)
Black 0.4 mm pilot pen
Black 0.5 mm pilot pen
Adobe Photoshop CS3

(Just for completion's sake: an inexplicable huge November surge made the Demjanjuk cartoon the most-viewed post of the past thousand hits with 114; the debut of the Young Justice cartoon fueled searches and garnered my AU lineup second place with a total of 90 hits (black-and-white and colored versions combined); right behind were the two posts on the Tortoise and the Hare, combining for 89; the Linkara Corps held strong at #4 with 71; and the Obamacare cartoon rounded out the top five with 65.)

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