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My Wheelie Willie Page

From 1967 to 1972, I was in grad school at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, getting a Ph.D. in mathematics. I was in love with the then-new medium of underground comix, and I started drawing some of my own. Most these appeared in the Rutgers campus newspaper.

For the sake of lifebox-building and mind-preservation, I just made a Wheelie Willie page that has eleven of my strips in small and large formats.

As a taste of what you’ll find there, here’s one of my later Wheelie Willie strips that appeared in my non-fiction book, Infinity and the Mind.

Wheelie Willie in “Take a Deep Breath,” drawn March, 1978, appeared in Infinity and the Mind, 1982, p. 46. Click for larger version.

I drew “Take a Deep Breath” in Geneseo, New York, around March, 1978, right when I was finding out that, thanks to budget cuts and academic politics, after six years I was going to be fired from my first teaching job. I’m Wheelie Willie here, sadly but contemplatively leaning against a tree. I have my vision of an infinite set of possible thoughts about nothing, and when I’m done, ants have crawled onto my tire and my tube-like body. The philosophy of mathematics has made me happy.

And, as I say, there’s more on my new Wheelie Willie page .

2 Responses to “My Wheelie Willie Page”

  1. Fritz Bogott Says:

    Magnificent! Now I’ll have to cook up some kind of recursive strip by way of homage…

  2. Brett Harder Says:

    Hey Rudy! I remember reading reading one of these in “Infinity and the Mind” and also seeing a reprint of a Robert Crumb infinite regress doodle. I really enjoy all of these, you have a knack for panel flow and bizarre, captivating art. I encourage you start making comics again!

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