FAQ — David B. Clear

Answers to some questions you may have about me

David B. Clear
7 min readFeb 17, 2021


Image by the author (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Who are you?


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:

Somewhere in Cambodia. Image by the author.

You’re not bald?

Not yet.

Then why is your alter ego bald?

For the same reason he’s got noodle arms and legs — it’s easier to draw.

Where do you live?

On a small Mediterranean island.

Could you be more specific?


How did you get started on Medium?

It was a simple three-step process:

  • First, I got a PhD. This made me so sick of academia that I felt as if I had made out with a lab rat.
  • Second, I grabbed my wife, strapped a backpack on her, and then dragged her onto a plane, all in the hopes of getting rid of that lingering feeling of rat whiskers under my nose. We landed in Bangkok and then spent 18 months traveling all around South and Southeast Asia.
  • Third, I got back home with no job, but a global pandemic waiting for me. So, stuck at home and bored, I thought to myself, I know what I should do! I should start a blog! Then I discovered Medium. So I started writing there instead.

Feel free to copy this process.

Wait, you traveled around Asia for 18 months?


Are you rich?

No, not at all. But I’ve had it better than most people. If I find a carcass, I can just let it be and don’t have to fight a pack of wolves over it. I’ve had the privilege of being born and raised in western countries and the good fortune…



David B. Clear

Cartoonist, science fan, PhD, eukaryote. Doesn't eat cats, dogs, nor other animals. 1,000x Bottom Writer. davidbclear.com