Bug Bash :: About


Bug Bash is a comic strip about technology: managing technology, the business of technology, and all the odd characters forced to work together to build the software, networks, Web sites and cell phones that connect us to each other with increasing and sometimes terrifying speed.

It began, curiously enough, as a comic strip in the company newsletter of a large northwest software company. Stranger things have happened, I guess. I won’t name this large northwest software company directly, but can reveal that its name rhymes with “Microsoft.”

My hope for Bug Bash is pretty simple: If a large part of your job entails rolling up your sleeves and thinking about technology and talking to customers and moving around the bits and bytes and getting the developers and the testers to play nice, you’ll find a few comics in here that hit home.

Put another way:

  • Must have: You get a laugh to start your week.
  • Nice to have: You say, “Wow, have I been there!”
  • Stretch goal: You send me an angry e-mail accusing me (or one of my minions) of spying on you, because the day’s comic pretty much detailed what happened to you last week, verbatim, except it only seems funny in retrospect.
  • Cut: You start dressing up like the characters and hosting an annual BugBashCon.

Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

About the Author

Hans Bjordahl keeps busy. He likes cartooning. Past and current projects include:

“Where the Buffalo Roam,” a college comic strip that ran in Boulder’s Colorado Daily and several other newspapers before making the leap to USENET in 1991, where it became the Internet’s first comic strip. No foolin’. The comic also spawned two books, many t-shirts, an ill-fated independent film, and lots of good, clean fun.

“CafĂ© Angst,” a comic strip created with co-conspirator Holley Irvine that ran in the Denver Post from 1994 to 1997.

Mr. Cranky, a Web site featuring the Internet’s (and possibly the world’s) most curmudgeonly movie critic, who rates movies on a one-bomb to four-bomb scale. Hans is cofounder and editor of the site, which continues to thrive today. If you like the site, you’ll love the book.

Various columnist gigs with the Boulder Weekly and the Denver Post too sporadic to detail here.

Various day jobs, including stints as a production director for an exceptional bicycle industry marketing firm, creative director for a national Internet services company (no, Hans did not cash out in time), and, currently, as a program manager for a large northwest software company (where his most recent performance review consisted of just two simple words: en fuego).

In his spare time, Hans likes taking long walks around Seattle’s Green Lake with wife Holley and shamelessly spoiled dog Mori, indulging in easy access to the world’s best coffee, and referring to himself in the third person.

You can contact Hans via e-mail at: hans -at- shadowculture -dot- com.

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