Nit-picky Nerd-Talk: Biliverdin or Bilirubin?


For you biology sticklers out there, I tried to imply a natural explanation for the toxicity of Oswag’s green blood by focusing on the bilirubin it contains, though I’m aware that the chemical biliverdin is what would give his blood its verdant hue (this isn’t the only way for certain animals to have green blood, but it’s the way I chose for Oswag*). After only cursory research, I admit, I came to understand that biliverdin is “a pigment excreted in bile” that results from the decay of hemoglobin, and it is also the same pigment that gives certain skinks (Prasinohaema virdens) their green colored blood.

Whoa, what a FREAK!

Biliverdin then typically breaks down into bilirubin, which is the more toxic stuff, especially in excessive amounts. For example, jaundice is a condition caused by build-up of biliverdin and bilirubin. Normally, your liver would filter them out, but if not, their accumulation would contaminate your blood, and I imagine that wouldn’t feel very nice at all. Isn’t science NEAT, folks??

But the question remains, could you actually get sick by coming into contact with Oswag’s green blood??

No, of course not. Oswag is an imaginary character.

Have a nice day!

*P.S.: Want to know more about blood colors? I did, too, so I looked here:

The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood




Whoa, has it been a while or what? That’s what happens when a budding webcomic artist, who teaches full-time, doesn’t have at least a month’s backlog of content to post – radio silence for five months! Trying to come up with brand new content each week, then penciling, inking, editing and posting it consistently was simply unsustainable under those circumstances; and with the end of the semester looming, that meant crunch-time at the ol’ day job as well. The mounting stress, lack of decent sleep – it was a prime recipe for writer’s block.

Now that I’ve had some rest, a good trip to New Zealand, and lots of time to build up the comic again, I’m ready to resume posting regularly! Thank you for sticking with me thus far and being so patient, my friends. I can’t promise that writer’s block won’t happen again; indeed, it loves to strike at moments when I’m pressed for time. That’s why I’m taking a little deadline pressure off myself by saying that I will be updating weekly. Which day of the week, you ask? Well, not knowing is part of the fun!

I hope you will have some patience and understanding with me as I learn the ropes of content creating. Getting a creative routine down, developing a web persona, finding and connecting to my audience, and simply working consistently to make my comic better are just a few of the goals I’m striving to reach this year. With your kind attention and constructive feedback, I know I can turn this humble comic into a gem that abides…like the Dude.

And with that, I give you once again the adventures of our dear, hapless Oswag, trapped on Earth (stranded, if you will) with his unlikely guides, John Bugeye and Joe Mosquito. And all the while, Oswag’s family: wife Shemmah, daughter Sleezla, and young son, Bozak, are left on Planet Larsonia, coping with Dad’s freak desertion. Can Oswag ever get home? Will he adapt to human society in America? How will his family get on with their lives?? THE QUESTIONS!! Keep reading for answers…and the occasional chuckle, I hope.