Yesterday I attended a lecture by Jorge Cham, the artist behind the online comic Piled Higher and Deeper; an example is below. Mr. Cham is an alumnus of Georgia Tech, and he received a warm reception from the audience. The crowd itself was primarily graduate students (out of 600 guests, only 3 undergrads raised their hand by Mr. Cham’s request). The actually had to split the audience into two: half got to hear his talk live, while the rest were in another lecture hall and watched via a live feed.
Mr. Cham’s talk focused on how he started drawing his comic while in graduate school, why procrastination is good for research, and tips on surviving graduate school. After the intermission, the movie version of his comic strip released this past year was screened. The movie was incredible and hit home in so many ways.