Last Sunday - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich

Feb 21, 2020 at 16:22
by Taj Mihelich  
Well, it has been a year of Sunday Comics! Since this is the last one of my weekly series I thought I would revisit some of my favorites and add some new frames to them. This won't be the last you hear of me on Pinkbike, but the weekly comic was just something we wanted to see if I could pull off for a year. You all have put up with enough and I greatly appreciate it!

I'll keep working with Pinkbike on other projects and comics. They just had me illustrate an upcoming article on anti-squat (which isn't like I thought, one of those things that women use to pee standing up at music festivals). I'm also secretly working on more animation projects.

For now, and for your entertainment, here are some comics.



I dedicated two comics to "Tips for Beginners" inexplicably drawn with animals acting out generic advice, literally.

The first one was back in August here, and the other one was just a few weeks ago here. Some new ones below.

Personally this advice never worked for me, but a lot riders better than me suggest it.

Another bit of bicycle wisdom. Air up to air up!



The "PinkBike Riders" was one of my absolute favorites but it was also kind of embarrassing. I felt like I had the best idea ever. I worked manically at rushing out the drawings in time for a comic, and only at the time of posting realized I was referencing a trading card series that was popular 35 years ago! Nice and timely. Here's a few new ones anyway.

Pedal bob and turn bars.



Not so Clever Multi-Tools had me laughing while I was drawing it. If you were curious how truly bad my sense of humor actually is I giggled to myself for days at "Torx Sword" and I really couldn't tell you why.

This isn't actually a multi-tool, I know, but I like the idea of someone wanting to carry not only water, but other important mountain bike fluids with them (and somehow being in a situation where they could mix them up.



I collect old cycling books. They are an interesting way to see history and an often funny little window into a world I've always loved (the bikes part that is). Some of them offer what seems now comical advice so I did a comic last year in May illustrating quotes from the books called Advice From Old Cycling Books. Here's a new illustrated quote below.


On the subject of safety: Cycling in parks.

"…I was confronted by a gang of young hoodlums. Fortunately I had my Freon-powered boat horn with me."

-The Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene A. Sloane







One of my first comics was 10 Things You Probably Shouldn't Do To Your Friends' Bikes with Markers. Later I did a second round of them called MORE Things You Probably Shouldn't Do To Your Friends' Bikes With Markers.

I'll go out the way I came in with a couple more of them. Take care everyone!

I could never think of one for Rocky Mountain until today! Rocky Balboa mountin' his steed.

To explain this one I'll let 'Maiden play me out.



70 Comments

  • 151 6
 Sad to see these go. It was something to look forward to in sunday mornings! Thanks for the multiples laugh over a coffee, Taj!
  • 14 0
 Yeah, Taj, you always make my Sunday’s so special. It is so sad that this is the last one. Thank you so much for all the great laughs I’ve had over the past year! THANK YOU TAJ!
  • 5 0
 Yes, I also have been amused, smiling several times whilst perusing you’re humorous comics.
  • 7 0
 @JacobyDH: Hmm, I cannot be the only one that reads these on monday, right?
  • 1 0
 @zonoskar: definitely not me, I’m always up early every Sunday waiting for the comics!
  • 2 0
 @zonoskar: I am on monday as well. It will be missed
  • 50 4
 I guess I’ll just stare at the wall while I enjoy my morning cup of coffee next Sunday. Thanks Taj. You made me laugh a lot and scratch my head in confusion some.
  • 38 2
 3 chambered bottle is genius!
  • 7 14
flag mattg66 (Feb 23, 2020 at 6:34) (Below Threshold)
 I saw it first! Verbal patent.........
  • 6 6
 @mattg66: I don't think you know the meaning of the word "verbal" in this case. Also, the word "first". Given you replied to someone else's comment...not first. lol
  • 18 2
 I'm old enough to get the Garbage Pail Kids joke. I say one more year! Or more.
  • 1 1
 Yes! Garbage Pail Kids!
  • 14 3
 Taj, I will miss your awful sense of humor and dad jokes.
  • 10 4
 These were great Taj! It’s not easy to stay fresh with ideas for so long! You were killing it for quite some time. Bike world is not visually commenting on politics, the bottomless well of inspiration that unfortunately still gets people in the end. Thank you for good laughs
  • 8 1
 Who on earth could possibly mix up their drinking bottle fluids...? I loved seeing your work on a Sunday morning Taj. Thanks for the chuckles. tup
  • 12 0
 Uh... This goes in your mouth. This one goes in your ear. And this one goes in your butt. Hang on a second. This one... Uh... This one... this one goes in your mouth.
  • 5 3
 Please make guest postings of your comics. Your sick sense of humor is the same as mine, and these will be missed. Pinkbike just got a little duller. At least we can still TGFW (Thank God for Waki).
  • 4 2
 Going to miss Sunday comics! How about putting the past years together in a book? Perhaps sell via PB with results going to a good charity or yourself!
  • 1 0
 I’m gonna really miss these. Always a highlight of my Sunday. This was one of my favorite ones you’ve done. Loved the water bottle! Your climbing I hill and reach down for a drink and get a mouthful of tire sealant ????
  • 2 0
 The first thing I do every Monday morning when I get to work is read your comics. Now I don't have a reason to go to work on Mondays! Thank you Taj...its been a funny year!
  • 2 0
 There should be a full run of Pink Bike Riders!! Garbage Pail Kids were awesome in a unique way that the "kids" today won't be able to understand. Yes, I'm old.
  • 2 0
 All of them have been great,must be hard to come up with new ones,some of them takes me a minute to get.Great job!
  • 4 2
 Surely there must be an anti-squat sketch hidden away, waiting to be released
  • 2 1
 I know why you were laughing about torque swords. Same reason I got a kick out of titling an anchor pull test procedure. The CU3 pull-out test procedure....
  • 5 6
 Levity on Sunday is a good thing, thanks for the funny-fifty-two. Maybe next Sunday someone will post the most violent and devastating of the Friday Fails, all with the Divider-in-Chief's helmet-less head super-imposed over the unfortunate riders. I think I'd enjoy that..
  • 3 1
 I'm sorry to see you go Taj, but glad you and Gary Larson are going to be a team in the Cape Epic!
  • 2 1
 Super enjoyed the Sunday comic fun! Reminded me of looking forward to ogri the motorbike comic strip in the Sunday papers when I was young.
  • 1 0
 Taj: Bomber work; have loved it over the past year! See ya on the trail (and hopefully guest-posting the more than occasional comics on PB!)
  • 1 0
 Hey Taj with all the new found free time you have can you do an interview with that Matt from the looking sideways podcast pleeeeeeease
  • 1 0
 Taj just make a patreon, it sounds like a lot of people here like your drawings and it'd be a place for everything to be all together.
  • 4 3
 I will miss these. They were one of my sunday highlights. Please keep them going even if it is only monthly.
  • 3 2
 Love your work. Thanks for the laughs. Looking forward to seeing more in the hopefully near future.
  • 4 2
 Really going to miss you and Sunday Comics! All the best Taj! And thanks.
  • 2 1
 Um im a little bit upset, this is the only thing i go to pinkbike for on sundays. Nooooooooooooooo
  • 4 2
 Thanks for the good laughs.
  • 2 1
 This will be missed!
Thanks Taj.

Side note to PB why has the Cerro Abajo gone completely unnoticed this week?
  • 2 1
 I'm very sorry to see your weekly feature go, Taj. One less reason to drag myself outta bed on Sundays.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Taj! I’m looking forward to seeing more content from ya.
  • 1 1
 Same here! I'm not certain of the demographics on PB, but there are enough Americans here in the 35-45 age range who remember these fondly.
  • 2 0
 I say keep it rolling I love these. Like my sunday comic strip
  • 1 0
 Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED SUNDAY COMICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 A well timed departure leaves us wanting more...which is exactly what you've done here. Hats off to you sir.
  • 1 0
 Everyone is so serious these days. Thanks for keeping it fresh and fun Taj.
  • 2 1
 RIP Sunday Comics... it’s been real.
  • 3 2
 Always good for a few Sunday breakfast laughs. Thanks Taj!
  • 3 1
 Up the Irons!!!!!
  • 3 2
 Thanks for your positive contributions to PB, Taj!
  • 3 2
 Thanks for the laughs. Going to miss the routine
  • 3 2
 Thanks Taj! It’s always been great.
  • 1 0
 Well, back to the dirt church then. Thanks for the good times!
  • 1 0
 Some real Russian roulette going on with this bottle.
  • 2 0
 THX for the sunday smile
  • 1 0
 Come on Pink Bike!!! Spend some money...
  • 1 0
 Thanks for these, they were awesome !
  • 1 0
 many thanks for the sunday giggles !
  • 1 0
 Thanks, Taj! These are always fun to look through haha
  • 1 0
 Sad to see them go, it was a good run while it lasted !!! THANKS
  • 2 0
 I'll be waiting
  • 1 0
 See you soon, and thanks for all fun time!
  • 1 0
 These were fun! Thanks Taj!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Taj. I enjoyed seeing these every Sunday.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Taj. This and Friday Fails have been keeping a smile on my face.
  • 4 3
 Thanks Taj
  • 1 0
 Read you soon Taj,
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