It’s not every day you get to talk to a cartoonist you’ve admired for a long time, AND geek out over the fact that she holds a PhD in Egyptian Art!   Jennifer Babcock of the long-running comic “C’est La Vie,” joins Lucas Turnbloom and I to talk about her comic beginnings in the Daily Bruin at UCLA, her time on Comics Sherpa and eventually GoComics, and her cool dissertation on Images of Anthropomorphized Animals in Egyptian New Kingdom Ostraca and Papyri!

We also talk about how often Egyptian hieroglyphics are used as examples of early comic-strip art, but her research says otherwise, and you can read about it here on!  (You might have to sign up for a free account, but who doesn’t want to read academic papers? C’mon!)

And you get to learn about her favorite karaoke songs, why Greek and Egyptian scholars love to get into Nerdy Academic fights, and, of course, “Star Wars.”