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The Narbonicon people made refrigerator magnets out of this image as a Narbonicon souvenir. I still have my magnets, so I've looked at this photo a lot, and only now, writing this entry, do I have the distance and perspective to step back and say, "Holy crap, James Rice tied a plush gerbil to a kite." That was actually a thing that happened.

Continuing the Narbonic storyline cover series, here's Joseph White's cover for the opening storyline, The Job Interview.

Joseph writes: The labels on the side say "Temporal Mechanics", "Polymorphic Gender Dynamics", "Cyberneurology", "Thanatonautics", and "Hamdingers". Obviously areas of ongoing research at Narbonic Labs.

Thanks yet again!

Leon Arnott (l) says: Sadly, in the dark future of 2012, it's impossible to take unironic motivational posters seriously again.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Magic Man", Heart)

See this gerbil-human team
Work together like a dream!
Online, they're writing
Of feats so exciting!

Fastest gerbil anywhere!
Not a thing he wouldn't dare!
Flying, and diving,
And even NASCAR driving!

Gerbil Speedy!  Never getting tired!
All the readers by him have been inspired!
Exploits that he had
Make me oh so glad!
Truest lesson that I had:
"You can master mad!"

Rachel S. (masamage) says:

That radiation symbol rules.

Andrew Barton (andrewandkatebarton) says:

That's the symbol for biohazard, not radiation.  I know this because I carry gear with the biohazard symbol on every day ...

James Rice (jhrice) says:

I remember that.  Crap, it was a windy day, hard to keep the kite under control.  Let's take this time to review Speedy's 2011. 

He started the year in Time Square New York. 

In February, he was back in Belize surveying caves.

In April, it was surveying lava cave is the Mojave Desert for NASA.

In May, He was a on a Mediterranean cruse, with a trip up the leaning tower of Pisa.

In June, an Eight day expedition in Lechugilla Cave.

September, he set a personal best ground speed in a car at  462 mph.

December was the submarine ride, zip-lining, and a cruse through the Panama Canal.

Not a bad year for a plush gerbil.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

@ Rachel S.: It's not Radiation, it's Biohazard.

Radiation looks like: 

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

Biohazard, but with little hearts. That biohazard symbol rules.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Darn it! Okay, Let's try this:

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