Bringing Makey the Robot to Life

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Bringing Makey the Robot to Life


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I first met Shannon Wheeler in the 1990s, at ArmadilloCon, the influential Austin science fiction convention. He gave me a mini-comic of his Too Much Coffee Man (TMCM) strips and I’ve been a fan ever since. The lovable existentialism of the title character, a layabout not-so-superhero, with a giant coffee cup on his head (who gets his power from caffeine and nicotine) has endured. Shannon still does weekly TMCM strips on his site. He also does work for The Onion and The New Yorker, and his comics in The New Yorker even won him a 2011 Eisner Award.

I was thrilled to hunt down Shannon at the 2012 Comic-Con, where we enthusiastically started discussing the possibility of him doing a regular comic for MAKE. He was a fan of the magazine already and was anxious to explore the idea of working with us.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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