Cory Doctorow

There’s no red cape. But, then again, this was taken back in 2004:

Cory Doctorow in MiG goggles

Photo courtesty Windley (via, of course, a Creative Commons license)

Cory Doctorow was the guy who first convinced me to publish xkcd under a CC license, allowing people to share my comics freely. It’s easy to do and was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Check it out at CreativeCommons.org. If you want to learn more about the copyright debate, I recommend Lawrence Lessig’s book Free Culture, which is available online for — surprise — free. I read it as an audio book on a long car trip, but I recommend the text version — the audio book has a different reader for each chapter, and they’re of wildly varying quality.

50 thoughts on “Cory Doctorow

  1. “allowing people to share my comics freely”

    And where have you seen them shared? :-)

    Seriously though, I love your comics and I will select some to print out soon. I would ask for high-res but we all know about that… maybe I’ll use bicubic to upscale your online version :)

  2. Tomer, bicubic probably wouldn’t be the best option for xkcd since it is a drawing, HQ4X or another emulator filter would probably give the best results since they are designed to operate on sharply defined edges and such. (read about it at http://www.hiend3d.com/hq4x.html)

  3. I’ve seen your comics pinned to my University Lecturer’s office door :P
    It’s refreshing to know they have a good sense of humor :)

    (Oh and for the record they’re Computer Science lecturers, and it was the Lisp comic)

  4. That’s neat. A lot of profs at my college had comic clippings on their doors. Some doors are nearly wallpapered with clippings.

  5. I’ve seen ‘Centrifugal Force’ drawn on someone’s message board outside their door (instead of a more conventional “Hello! You were out!”).

  6. Re: Comic on Mon.
    Is there anything significant about the park off of Cedar and Dudley in North Cambridge?

  7. I was wondering the same thing, the jake. I simply assume that the park holds some meaning to the author, which the relevance is not important to the reader.

    Maybe it’s where he tried out his first giant hamster ball?

  8. Not you & the jake: But what’s up with the date, which is 6 months out in the future? Even though the character is talking in the past tense that wanting something doesn’t make it so, it would seem as though Monday’s comic is actually a call to the readers to make it true. So is there going to be an xkcd swarm there on 9/23? Or is this supposed to be acted upon only by his one true love? (I’m fairly new to this comic, so maybe this is something that the regulars would understand…)

  9. you are a horrible, horrible bugger. HORRIBLE.

    …have you read any of the books past the first? :P

  10. Cory Doctorow just received an EFF Pioneer award at O’Reilly’s etech conference.. They gave him a red cape, goggles and a balloon.

  11. *groan at Ender joke*

    And to those posters above, why ruin the surprise? I beseech the power of Randall Munroe to delete the spoilsport comments (if it happens, it happens – it shouldn’t be an organised thing).

  12. I like the spam protection :-)

    Just thought I’d let you know that I really appreciate the CC license. I love all your comics, but the one hanging up in my shared office is the evolution one. I’m in a grad program for ecology & evolutionary bio, and we love your comics.

  13. I really love the fact that xkcd is under CC; for instance, it made the lojban community totally comfortable doing a translation of #191, “Lojban” (and for the most part we’re public domain/open source fanatics anyway).

    So if this is the guy who inspired you, props to him! ♥

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  15. Just thought I’d let you know that I really appreciate the CC license. I love all your comics, but the one hanging up in my shared office is the evolution one. I’m in a grad program for ecology & evolutionary bio, and we love your comics.

  16. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  17. Just thought I’d let you know that I really appreciate the CC license. I love all your comics, but the one hanging up in my shared office is the evolution one.

  18. All us interns at NASA love your comics. We put up the Carl Sagan one next to our “Blue Dot” poster.

  19. I was wondering the same thing, the jake. I simply assume that the park holds some meaning to the author, which the relevance is not important to the reader.

    Maybe it’s where he tried out his first giant hamster ball

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