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A poem from the heart

A poem from the heart

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:29 by Ananth in response to driver's tan

Driver's Tan is a road trip poem - nay, a road trip lament. This one goes out to all those people with one tan arm, hopelessly asymmetric till the end of summer. Yuko came up with this poem years ago, and it's been on the list ever since I first heard it. We wanted to share now that it's seasonally appropriate. 

By the way, 

We snagged a copy at the midnight release at Midtown in Times Sq., and yes, we stayed up late to read it. ;) I won't say more than that (because spoilers are the worst), but Scott Pilgrim, V6, and Bryan get me (even more) excited about comics. 

Our buddy Jisuk was the one who loaned us the Cintiq, which is how we did the Maiden comics - she's got this laundry bag available that you guys might dig. Take a look!

If you missed it last week, we have cellphone charms and a bookmark set now available in the store! I think that's all from us -- see you Thursday!



Comment by thomas4th (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:36

In my head, this was sung to the tune of Spider-Man's theme song. XD

why didn't i think of that?

Comment by Julia (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:42

just replayed the poem in my head with the appropriate tune; thank you for that :D


Comment by Minato (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:12

I was about to say this! This is so very Spiderman tune... D:

This is exactly what I

Comment by Sarah (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 23:06

This is exactly what I thought too! I was going to comment on it, but you guys beat me to it! Great minds think alike I guess!

Look Out! You've got the

Comment by Jack T Robyn (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 12:45

Look Out!
You've got the Driver's Tan!

Heh, I thought it was *meant* to be sung to the spiderman theme.

That is exactly what I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 18:27

That is exactly what I thought when I read it.

Me too!

Comment by tsaot (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 09:24

I did the spider man thing too, but Freakazoid works as well if you throw the 3rd line in front:
Drive around with windows down!
Driver's Tan!
Driver's Tan!

Haha. Glad that wasn't just

Comment by Gryph (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 08:23

Haha. Glad that wasn't just me!


Comment by Merkitten (not verified) Thu, 06/02/2011 - 20:48

Hah! I'm glad I'm not the only one!
I read it that way immediately as well. xD

Drivers tan is terrible,

Comment by Aube (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:37

Drivers tan is terrible, drivers tan poem is awesome. With it being the Scott Pilgrim Release day it is near a two comic post for you guys which means double the fun for us readers.

Driver's Tan. Also available

Comment by DWKnight (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:38

Driver's Tan.
Also available in the offhand Pacific Rim variety (right arm)

omg it's staring into my soul

Comment by Julia (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:38

you know what to do so the tanned arm won't be so weird, right.
go drive in england. that should do.

and oh my god, ananth's eye is just too creepy.
man, am i glad we don't get to see your eyes often in the comic.

He has eyes?!

Comment by landminecat (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 04:32

Aaahhhh my thoughts exactly! least now we know he does have eyes, somewhere.

Scott Pilgrim Spoilers!

Comment by Darryl Ayo Brathwaite (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:45

Oh man, I am so happy that Scott Pilgrim is a finished and complete thing. No more nail-biting, no more wracked nerves. Just the quiet contemplation of a complete work.

Also: I'm digging Yuko's rhyme skills. Dope.

Meh, never saw the appeal to

Comment by jiop (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:48

Meh, never saw the appeal to Scott Pilgrim. I get enough video game memes and jokes from the internet and my mates. Never really related to slacker like Scott, really.

Oh man I love the sudden

Comment by Danana (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:56

Oh man I love the sudden morph into Scottverse characters.

Bob Dylan

Comment by kP (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:01

The poem reminds me of "Oxford town" from Bob Dylan

Also, Ananth's eye is lurking into my soul

Conrad totally reminds me of

Comment by Lilí (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:02

Conrad totally reminds me of Scott Pilgrim. He just looks like Scott.

..And that made me picture Yuko with bright blue hair and a titanium bat with +1 against blondes...

Not Proud

Comment by conrad Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:27

Believe me, this has been a running gag for quite some time. In addition to my physical appearance, Yuko was basically the Wallace to my Scott in college. I was so broke at the time that I was wearing her second hand clothes from high school. I also once bought a parka because it looked like Scott's. 

And then there was that time that I dated a high schooler! (Spoilers: it was Rachelle.)

Look Out!

Comment by Andrew (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:03

Look out!
Here comes the driver's tan.

(It fits quite well with the Spider-Man's theme song.) =D

Have fun!
Y'all don't seem to be having the trouble Sam and Jeph are. <- Totally not a jinx.

Driver's Tan

Comment by bobryuu (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:33

I've totally have biker's tan: the top parts of my arms are fairly dark and the underside are white.

White Meat/Dark Meat

Comment by Joe (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 18:55

I hate when that happens.
I mean, at least when my arm is darker than my torso, I can say it's because I was wearing a shirt.
But when my arm is a different color from *another spot on that same arm*, it's just craziness.

I have that...

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:36

Driving nearly a thousand miles around southern MI and northern OH...yeah, my left arm is browner than my right...

I sympathize completely.

At least it's not driver's

Comment by apstorm (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:41

At least it's not driver's sunburn?

Hehe, I know the feeling. I

Comment by Martin (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:44

Hehe, I know the feeling. I drive around for a living and clock in 150 miles on a slow day.

My left arm is about 6 shades darker than my left and that's with SPF 90 sunblock.

More lopsided than thou

Comment by Arsnof (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 18:34

I used to have a van with a tall wheel well right up under the dash. As tall as I was, my leg would always end up resting on it, giving my left knee and shin a nice tan whenever I wore shorts.


Comment by Mike (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 19:37

Good to know I'm not the only one who got to Borders right as it opened to nab me Volume 6 (which was AWESOME). Are you guys as excited for the movie? It looks _really_ faithful to the comics.

Also- that Ananth's eye we can see under his hat?? Oh, my.


Comment by MeisterJ (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 20:10

Too much awesome for one book. Midnight release for comics are freakin' sweet. I too stayed up late to read SP 6, and now I'm re-reading them all, starting from V 1. And I'm reading Lost at Sea because it was pretty sweet, too. Ananth's one eye is so damn eerie.

Man, driver's tan...I feel that way every time I drive home. Norfolk, VA to Fairfax Co, VA. 3 hours, minimum in a car. Yuko, this is the truth.

O-Ohmigosh A-Ananth has an

Comment by Lisa (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 20:11


A-Ananth has an e-eye


Comment by Kass (not verified) Thu, 07/22/2010 - 00:51

OMG yeah! It's the ever-elusive AnanthEye! Be careful not to scare it away! We might not get to see it again! ¦-Þ


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 21:41

MAN, they didn't have volume 6 in stock at my local book store! it was so upsetting.

Also that is the best poem ever. It will be written down in history books for forever.

I see your arm and raise you a knee

Comment by Kitbug (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 21:44

Ahahahaha, I have a brown left arm and left knee. I need to sit passenger in someone's car for about eight billion hours to even it out. XP

Now the poem is stuck in my head.

Comment by michael (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 23:17

That was a good poem, I sorta sang it as if it was a song, now I can't get it out of my head.

Wouldn't sitting in the passengers help to even it out?


Comment by Rayna (Nin) (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 23:40


It sounds like a song

Comment by JoR (not verified) Tue, 07/20/2010 - 23:54

When I read that the rhythm of Lady Bug by Presidents of the United States of America came into my head.

Passenger Tan...

Comment by C.D. Reimer (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 01:15

When my Dad and I drove up from Sacramento, CA to Boise, ID (ten hours each way) years ago, I had my arm outside the passenger window for the whole trip. My right arm was such a bright cherry red that it glowed in the dark at night. These days I wear sun block lotion to prevent that from happening while driving.

John doesn't read Scott Pilgrim?

Comment by Matt (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 01:37

Does he just not care or does he not like it?

;~; I have one too!

Comment by Mistress Pyro (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 01:40

I have one too, but it's the passenger tan! ;~; I hate it so much. . . Also. . Is that an Ananth eye I see down there?!?

Someone's got some rhymin'

Comment by ZoomZoomXandy (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 01:51

Someone's got some rhymin' skills.

I've seen a lot of people mentioning Scott Pilgrim (including you guys!), and decided to give it a shot. I totally do not regret not moving for about ten hours reading the first few volumes. It's fantastic and so Canadian! I can't wait to read the rest. (:

Is the meter right?

Comment by tudza (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 01:57

Most excellent, but the first bit feels a little off. Either I don't remember the Spiderman song correctly, or there aren't enough syllables in the third line.

Try "From my shoulder down to my hand" or something similar.

Worse than Driver's Tan

Comment by Rincewind (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 03:55

I've got something weirder that Driver's Tan. Due to a skin condition called vitiligo, where patches of skin "forget" how to tan, I have a sort of leopard-skin effect on my left arm.

The release day was the 20th

Comment by Bim (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 04:48

The release day was the 20th right? Because I pre-ordered it on Amazon, and they dropped it to my door on the _19th_. So I went from "wth?" to "yes!" to "awesome!" in the time it took me to open the package and read it.

Bad News

Comment by Patrick (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 08:35

You may have thought up this (totally Spiderman) jingle a couple years ago but, much like Farmer's Tan and Redneck have been around for ages, so has Trucker's Tan. That's what it's called, even when you aren't driving a 18-wheeler.

What that poem needed was a

Comment by Jamie (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 09:41

What that poem needed was a last line saying
"there goes the spider tan."
I read the whole thing in the spider man tune, twas quite funny. =)

Despite not driving, I can

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 12:13

Despite not driving, I can tell you any kind of tan can suck if the sun doesn't like you. Case in point: me. I don't tan; I go from Casper to brunt toast in a heartbeat.

Omg, I can see Ananth's

Comment by Sally (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:07

Omg, I can see Ananth's eyes! O.O


Comment by Skatie (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:49


Silly tans!

Comment by Alex (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 16:05

I live in Las Vegas. I wear those cute ballet flats. And now I have a tan line on the top of my feet before it hits my toes. u _____ u;

Asymmetrical tans!

Comment by Froggy (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 17:40

Driver's tan! xDD
I've never experienced a driver's tan, but I went surfing in Cornwall one summer and managed to tan my hands but nothing else thanks to the wetsuit. xDD It's almost three years later, and they're still darker than the rest of my arms...

I sort of sung this poem in

Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Wed, 07/21/2010 - 18:52

I sort of sung this poem in my head to the theme of Spiderman.