#637 – Goebel

I had some experiences using clay back in high school but never on the wheel. My friend Glenn Schlikas was much better with clay than I was so I was always playing catch up with him. For one project he made a Rocketeer sculpture complete with a billowing smoke base. I think he remade that whole piece 4 times in the same amount of time it took me to make my little alien head. At the end of our senior year we collaborated on a large 8 foot tall (was it taller?) clay sculpture that we then cast in fiberglass. It was the senior class gift. We had a love/hate relationship with it and nicknamed it “The Torch Monster” because it was topped off with a hand holding a torch to mirror the Statue of Liberty. I sometimes wonder if it is still there, but I haven’t been back inside the school to see.


32 thoughts on “#637 – Goebel”

  1. Heinrich says:

    visual puns go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Speakerblast says:


    Doesn’t make any sense to me when its backwards either

  3. Jake says:

    nice one, this is!
    but what kind of DJ name is Glaze?

  4. Sammie says:

    Your comics are always great for picking me up in the morning before the coffee.

  5. Chris says:

    hmm I used to be pretty good with clay back in the days when it was still called play dough.

  6. Chuck says:

    I love it.

  7. Flippy says:

    Heh, ‘gรถbeln’ (or ‘goebeln’, if you like) is a term used for ‘to puke’ in German

  8. Sirus says:

    Oh man, this brought up some great visual images. I think this is possibly my favorite Biff strip of all!

  9. RG says:

    Go creative teaching methods! Sorry if I’m late to the “What theme is this week?” game but it’s class/learning week, isn’t it?

  10. speearr says:

    love it too. what greatness…

  11. carrie says:

    @speakerblast Goebel is the manufacturer of the M.I. Hummel figurines as well as other figurines

  12. Brian says:

    I saw a guy dj with clay once at a show called La Vie by Spiegelworld at Southstreet Seaport in NYC (it was a kind of new circus performance so he wasn’t ACTUALLY djing with clay). The guy used a turntable and balls of clay and each ball played a different part of a song when he put it on the turntable. So he mixes and matches them and plays with them for a while in kind of a slapstick way before putting them altogether into a big mound and slapping them on the turntable. At which point you realize that the song he was assembling was the song that played during the pottery wheel scene in Ghost with Patrick Swayze. Hilarious because the theme of this circus was the afterlife.

    Thanks for doing a good comic and reminding me of that awesome performance.

  13. Rachael says:

    As a professional ceramist your comic made me laugh, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for high school art I’m sad to say it usually does not survive after the artist has left unless it is fairly tame; My co-op mural of a robotic wyvren battling a super intelligent ape (3 person job, about 16 f, 8 f) was painted over a single year after we graduated (Its nice to have friends younger then you sometimes) while ‘Horse running in a Meadow’ has been up going on 7 years now.

  14. Lesley says:

    That sculpture is indeed still there- its just in the uber basement under the science hallway. >_>

  15. Chris says:

    @Lesley – UNDER the science hallway? How do you even know about it?

  16. MC Slip says:

    Yo, the fresh DJ knows how to seal the deal
    When he drops mad clay on the pottery wheel
    So get down when the noise abounds, dance around
    When the man with the eyebrows rocks that sound

  17. Jake says:

    Throwing clay on the wheel is much more complicated than they make it look on television. The cool thing about it, though, is that even if you mess it up, it usually comes out looking pretty neat.

  18. EJade says:

    *laughs* Oh man I literally laughed out loud at his one!

  19. Foxhound2 says:

    That is so funny. You Rock!!!

  20. thinkaboutit says:

    haha win! ^^ i used to take ceramics back in high school i did it for 4 years so i got pretty good at sculpture but i never got any better at the wheel lol i havent even touched clay in like 3 years so this has made me want to try it again ^^ maybe i should look up dj glaze and have him teach me sometime…

  21. MadDavid says:

    Maybe Lesley did what I did in college–spend all my free time exploring the buildings.

    I was sorta right! It’s wearing strange things to class week, but the things are based on a pun based on the class

    Salsa line: extension cord
    Deutch class: dutch windmill hat
    Pottery class: Headphones tuned to DJ Glaze.

  22. Reg says:

    I’m kind of wondering if some of the projecting I left behind at my old schools are still there too!
    And now that I’m wondering what Biff’s headphones are plugged into, did the Mythbusters ever prove that music could be recorded into pottery?

  23. Hezzu says:

    I DEMAND a wallpaper version ๐Ÿ˜›

  24. Araxiel says:

    @MC Slip
    Loving the rap there.
    Loving the comic!

  25. Lesley says:

    On one of the last days of school, one of the chemistry teachers decided to give us a ‘tour’. It consisted of him saying ‘Hey, dont let the door close, theres no doorknob on the inside. Theres some stuff over there. I’m going back to the room.’ That statue was down there. Theres no actual floor, its just dirt. >_<

  26. Grug says:

    I noticed Biff showed a lot of different emotions this week, which is rare when your face is like Biff.. In this one he actually looks happy.

  27. Ikaelamay says:

    His mouth seems awfully small in this one.

  28. Lesley says:

    And out of curiosity, whats the significance of ‘goebel?’

  29. Zach Light says:

    hm….clever, clever, I’m guessing the pottery teachers name is DJ Clay.

  30. Zach Light says:

    whoops didn’t read right, sorry.

  31. kIKi THE kitty says:

    lol i would tottaly ask dj glaze 2 be my pottery teacher! biff has some dj pottering skills lol

Leave a Reply to EJade Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *