Some of you will have heard about the Doonesbury-inspired “flash mob” at the foot of the Space Needle this morning.

To summarize, Trudeau depicted a character in the strip calling for a flash mob via her computer on Monday. Well, by the time Seattle got out of bed on Monday morning, someone in Connecticuit, so it’s said, had used the Dean campaign’s online tools to schedule the event.

I was asked to cover the event for The Comics Journal (via the good offices of one David Lasky), so I was there and talked to a number of folks, including Jake Metcalf of (I tried to give him the secret blogosphere handshake but he seemed unfamiliar with this site, if open to the possibility he’d dropped by). He took a picture of me, among other things.

Since I’m writing about it for the CJ and will do a bit for Tablet as well, I’ll go light on the detail, but it was a fun way to start the day. The participants did, in fact, hop up and down while chanting “The Doctor is in! The Doctor is in!

3 thoughts on “But is it a flash mob?

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