David B. Clear

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  • Archive for a list of all my long-form stories.
  • Comics if all you care about are silly drawings and laughs.
  • Oh So Clear for my essays on writing.
  • I Wanna Know for fun explainers and curiosities.
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  • FAQ if you want to know more about me.

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Oh So Clear

‘What one fool can do another can too’

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As a PhD student, I didn’t just have impostor syndrome. I had a full on case of you’re-a-fumbling-idiot-for-thinking-you’ll-ever-contribute-anything-to-science syndrome. You see, you only get a PhD and get the right to call yourself a scientist if you contribute something new to the vast scientific enterprise. If someone else has already done it, no matter when or where, and even if you don’t know about it, it doesn’t count as novel research and you don’t get to put letters before your name. And that’s scary.

You spend years of your life slaving away in laboratories, hoping to find something no one…


The story of Nicholas Alkemade

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It’s a Friday night when Nicholas Alkemade, a 21-year-old Englishman from Leicestershire, finds himself in the middle of the sky. Although the view and the fresh air are great, he isn’t too happy about the whole situation.


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A short illustrated story about our environmental impact


Answers to some questions you may have about me

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Who are you?

David.

No, I mean, who are you deep down?

Uh… A squirrel?

Can I see a real picture of you and Fabi?

Sure. Here’s a picture of me, my wife Fabi, and our alter egos:


And somewhat disturbing

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I sometimes busy myself with extensive nose picking. But as enjoyable as that activity may be to me, I’m sure it’s nothing compared to the pleasure a male octopus derives from it.

David B. Clear

Science fan, cartoonist, PhD, eukaryote. Doesn't eat cats, dogs, nor other animals.

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