Friday, June 4, 2010

A Prime Number


Oh, Bruce, you kidder.

Well today I’m 33 years old! Some other notably cool artists have celebrated their 33rd in the past couple weeks including Jake Parker, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. GO TEAM 33!

And, to nab an idea from Jake’s blog: if you’ve been quietly following this blog for a time, feel free to break the silence and drop a note in the comments box! I’m curious about who’s reading (I know my mom's reading!). And if you have a site of your own and want to do something really special, consider putting up a link to this blog.

Dark English Ale after the jump...



I had planned to mention that age 33 is some sort of special year for men. It is, of course, the traditionally accepted age of Christ on Calvary, but I also have this sort of vague impression that I read somewhere that 33 is classically the age when a man reaches his prime. But I could find nothing on the internet to back this up, which probably means that my creaky old mind is slipping. But you know what? So what if Aristotle never said that 33 was a special year. I can just MAKE IT a special year!

Oh, and a link: Anna gave me a bottle of Hobgoblin Dark English Ale today from Wychwood Brewery. I haven’t tried it yet, but the label is like something from an early D&D players handbook. And the brewery has a cool site too!

ADDENDUM: I also added Artist P.J. Lynch to the sidebar. His work is awesome.

33 comments:

marionv said...

Happy Birthday!
I *adore* P.J. Lynch. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Bah! Marion! I keep meaning to link to your LJ! And forgetting!

Eric Orchard said...

Happy birthday, Ben! Buon compleanno!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Man you're old!!! just kidding - I stand in that crowd of people who by your picture always thought you were 19 - haha

Happy Birthday man! and congrats on the Zita Novel - that cover is spankin'!!!

anna said...

Auguri!
w i 33
ciao!

P.S. (ieri alla processione del Corpus Domini vi ho pensato)

Ben Hatke said...

Corpus Domini c e il mio festa preferita. Perche nella grande cita de gravagna che lai una processione molto molto bello. (dispiace per l'italiano un po bruto..)

Thanks Anthony! I may look 19, but my heart my HEART is bitter and shriveled and old.

Jake said...

Happy 33! It's not a bad age to be, I'm finding out.

millelacuna said...

Happy Birthday! (I know Michaela and have been reading your blog since your post on her "Dust Art".)

Mom said...

Are you saying you feel older than Jesus?

(Hi, Mrs. Hatke.)

Annie said...

Happy Birthday! I forgot to call you! And I didn't even post a message one your facebook wall. :(

Ben Hatke said...

That's why you are my least favorite person in the whole world.

Emily G. said...

Happy 33! Hope it's a good year for you.

I have been stalking you since I was in high school. I am now 21 with a husband, daughter, and fetal son/daughter.

Anyway, I follow 'cause your I like your art, you are funny, your daughters are adorable, and you are refreshingly Catholic.

Chris Chan said...

Happy birthday, Ben!

Don said...

33 might be the largest number that is not a sum of distinct triangular numbers, but please don't call it a prime. Happy birthday and all that, and there are already links to your site on both my weblogs.

Ben Hatke said...

Ah, now this is what I'm talking about! Previously unknown readers! Thanks for posting guys! Emily, I'm amazed that you've been following me for that long!

And Don, sorry to offend. I know 33 is not a mathematical prime number -I was making a sort of obscure joke about 33 being when a guy reaches his "prime." A little too obscure it seems. But that's a darn cool site you just linked to.

Benn said...

Hi Ben, I've been following you for a few months because we have the same name!

I'm 25 and we share a few passing interests(D&D, swords, trying to play music). And I really like your drawings.

Can't wait to have a copy of Zita for my coffee table so I can take all the credit! just kidding.

Ben Hatke said...

D&D! Swords! Music! Thanks for posting Ben!

Ben Hatke said...

Another lurker! I knew you guys were out there. Thanks for posting Rob, -keep drawing! (I just poked in at your blog).

anna said...

Sì, mi ricordo: avevi fatto delle belle foto a Gravagna al Corpus Domini.
Grazie che rispondi in italiano!
ciao

Christina said...

I've been a lurker for awhile, I'm happy to say. Happy because I really enjoy your art and your posts. I found you on my friend Elizabeth's blog. For some reason she either linked to you or you commented or something else, and then I checked you out. Though that sounds very creeperish and strange. :P

Happy Birthday! I really hope that 33 is a great year. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Hooray! Keep reading!

J.R.Howley said...

Happy 33rd from a 61st!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Mr. Howley! I didn't mean to leave this post up so long but we have a PLUMBING NIGHTMARE this week.

But we are beating the blockage! Beating the blockage!!!

Ben Hatke said...

We are losing the battle.

Losing the battle.

:-(

owen said...

I had that beer at a place called "The Spot" in Chicago a month or so ago. It was really good. I hope you enjoy(ed) it, as well as your birthday.

Ben Hatke said...

Woah. ...thanks Owen.

I still have to try it, actually. It's sitting there waiting for a good occasion (probably Dungeons and Dragons).

Hm.

C Jeske said...

Hey Ben! I'm a travel-bug bitten, dog sledding, snow carving, tin whistle crazy, Jill-of-all-trades who has been following your blog when I can for about a year now. Yours is actually the only blog I've ever followed. I discovered you through Flight and fell in love with your story "The Plank" and it's wonderful little heroine.

Your drawings make me so happy! It's like a tiny little Christmas each time you post new art on your blog.

I've also really enjoyed seeing and hearing little snippets of your family.

Thanks for lovely blog!

Tootles!

Ben Hatke said...

Wow! What a great comment -THIS is the reason I'm going to keep blogging here, I think. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I don't comment very often, but I pop in here and at Anna's blog because I am always curious to see how you guys are doing.

I've always liked your artwork, and the first place I saw it was cleaning the basement of St. Joe's at Christendom. I must confess to occasionally perusing the comics that were left on tables down there while I vacuumed. It made the job more fun.

Good art, nice blog. Keep up the good work! And I'm pretty sure my mom sometimes reads this blog, too!

--Elizabeth McDevitt Butina

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Elizabeth! I remember fondly those ol' vacuum days and I'm glad you enjoyed copying my homework. I mean checking out the comics!!

ladyhobbit said...

Ha ha! I am Elizabeth's mom! And I DO check this blog once in a while! I love to see your work!

Ben Hatke said...

And your screen name is LADYHOBBIT! That's SO COOL.

Anonymous said...

My mom is cool! And now you have 33 comments on this post, which is appropriate!

Elizabeth McDevitt Butina