Celebrating the 100th Cartoon with a Few Words from the Promega Cartoonist

Heading into 2020, we realized that our Cartoon Lab was reaching a milestone: the 100th cartoon! We asked the “official” Promega Cartoonist Ed Himelblau to list his Top Five Cartoons and what inspired them. See what he has chosen in his own words:

This was the first of my cartoons that Promega published and it’s still one of my favorites. The file on my computer is dated February, 1999. I have been an undergraduate in a lab. I’ve mentored undergraduates in lab. Today I have lots of undergraduates working in my plant genetics lab at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. For the record, I enjoy having undergraduates in the lab and I never make them dress like robots. In this cartoon, I particularly like the centrifuge and stir plate on the right. I’ve always tried to put something in each cartoon (a tube rack, an enzyme shipping box, a desiccator) that make molecular biologists say, “I know that!”

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Friday Cartoon Fun: Entertaining Yourself Between Incubations

Occasionally, time in the lab passes slowly. There is a two-hour incubation and nothing can be done until the timer goes off. Our science cartoonist Ed Himelblau has illustrated what some creative lab members may have done to fill this time, but is not advised to do:

Copyright Ed Himelblau

To see additional lab shenanigans, peruse the collection of humorous cartoons in our Cartoon Lab.

Friday Cartoon Fun: Is It Drawn or Is It Real?

I always enjoy Ed Himelblau’s cartoons, but one that makes me chuckle every time I see it is the following:

Copyright Ed Himelblau.

I am sure our readers that enjoy coffee can empathize.

Recently, our Swiss branch had fun with a number of the cartoons from our Cartoon Lab archive and recreated the cartoon in real life:
Real-life recreation of Ed Himelblau's cartoon.
What do you think?

Friday Cartoon Post: Do You See the Assays Glowing?

As a tribute to the fireflies lighting up the night during July evenings in Wisconsin and the reporter gene assays they inspire, I wanted to share a special Ed Himelblau cartoon:

Cartoon Copyright by Ed Himelblau
Cartoon Copyright by Ed Himelblau

How Do You Defrost the Lab Freezer?

When I was in the lab, we usually started with an elaborate system of borrowed hairdryers and old chemistry ring stands. What is your preferred method of attacking a frost-full freezer?
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Monday SMILE

Monday lab meeting? Journal club? Long weekend in the lab?

Enjoy this classic from the Promega Cartoon Lab.

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