Nitrozac and Snaggy are legends on the Internet; their Joy of Tech comic strip has a legion of fans, including us here at Macworld. Regular readers will have seen their work on our letters page, or perhaps at www.joyoftech.com. Finally, they have published a collection of their work in “a processed tree product” as they put it, The best of Joy of Tech.
Just about anybody who uses a Mac will enjoy this book. You are sure to recognize the character types in the cartoons, and I’m sure none of you will think they are based on you. But geeky Mac users are the subject of the cartoons – so if you’re a touch geeky, you’ll know.
Geekiness isn’t a subject for ridicule in these pages. Well, not much anyway. Geeks are more revered, almost heroes, in this book. You’ll see geek school bullies, geek easy riders (on Segways) and one geek to rule them all: “Lord of the Root”.
Their fondness for geeks has won Nitrozac and Snaggy some friends in high places. There are two forewords in the book, one by Macworld’s David Pogue and one by the inventor of the Apple – and everybody’s favourite geek – Steve Wozniak. Woz is pictured on a geek trading card, and David Pogue – the ultimate Mac showman – is pictured in top hat and tails with a chorus line. (In a previous life, David was a Broadway conductor!)
The Joy of Tech isn’t limited to just Mac geeks: there are Linux geeks and Trekkies included in the book. There are also Sims geeks, Newton geeks, and more. So whatever kind of geek you are, there’s always another geek subculture for you to laugh at.