Cory Doctorow cosplayers at the XKCD picnic

Rich sez, "The webcomic XKCD had a meetup in Cambridge today. A few hundred nerdy folk showed up, and a few dressed as the stick figure characters, but even better were the people dressed up like Cory Doctorow! For more pics of the event, see Flickr photos tagged with 'xkcddreams'."

(A word of explanation: XKCD is a marvellous, unapologetically nerdy comic, and Randall Munroe, the creator, once did me the immense honor of making me the punchline of a strip, wearing goggles and a cape. This has become something of a running joke now, much to my delight) Link (Thanks, Rich!)

See also:
Geeky comic strip uses Cory as the punchline
Geeky comic about chess and roller-coasters
Xkcd fans bring chess-sets on roller-coasters
Nerd humor about Katamari Damacy
Bloggin' 'bout my generation
Pi joke
Funny map of online communities in the style of a D&D map
Sarcastic comic about computational linguistics (and emo kids)
Where LOLCats come from
Ironic Internet malapropism grid


  1. One of those dressed as a stick-figure was my roommate… The meetup was an absolute blast, complete with a break dancing raptor, tape-measure-extension contests, and much signing of things by Randall.

  2. The balloon bit wasn’t the only time your name came up as part of the punchline, though it might’ve been the funnier instance.

    Now shouldn’t you be off making some noise about the inappropriate application of intellectual property or something?

  3. I didn’t actually make that connection, but now that I remember, there were about three or four cosplayers dressed up as Cory Doctorow.

    Randall Munroe told some of the MIT students to bring boffing weapons, so we obliged. And yeah, I can now say that I got to lead a charge against a raptor with a foam spear in my hand. Call that an achievement, heh.

    Fun stuff.

  4. Of course they may not have all been dressed up as Cory Doctorow. Some may have been in costume as time-traveling retro-bloggers from the future.

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