A summer vacation in Germany, washed out by a steady downpour of rain, is headed down the
drain. So, how do you alleviate
For Chris Sarkar, 23, an English major, the answer lay in his
pencil and in his idea given to
him by a friend. And thus, the
infamous Homer Noodleman
was born! The very same Mr.
Noodleman that appears in the
"It rained for three days, my
friends were in Italy, and German TV is only so tolerable,"
Sarkar said. "I sat down and
drew about 40 (comic strips in
Considering that, it might
seem strange that the strip has
had any success at all. But, four
years later, it still adorns the
comic page of the Daily Cougar
and appears to be running
It also might seem strange, but
the real Homer Noodleman first
appeared in an episode of The
"That's right. A friend gave
me the idea he got from a friend
of his," Sarkar said. "The name
does have some meaning for me.
Homer, as in Homer of the ancients — the blind poet of Iliad-
Odyssey fame — and Noodleman, as in meaningless, modern absurdity, our 'happy condition'," he said.
There is a serious side to Chris
He is a hard worker and seems
to care about who he is and
where his education will take
him. Enough, in fact, to completely change his degree plan.
Sarkar, as stated before, is an
English major, but it is a newly
acquired major for him. Just last
year, he was hours away from
graduating as an electrical engineer.
"I suddenly realized that I was
about to graduate as an Engineer, so I got out of there before
it actually happened," he said.
His latest endeavor is a pocket-sized magazine that he and a
few friends have started working
on. It is entitled The New Idler:
Idle Thoughts for Idle Minds.
"It's a do-it-yourself thing," he
"We're trying to embarrass
ourselves in order to improve our
writing and literary skills," he
said. "And we want to encourage
writers from every department
Like any campus publication,
the magazine needed approval.
Sarkar was able to find that approval through the English department.
"I asked Dr. Southwell (an
English professor) to sponsor us
and we're happy that he agreed
to it," he said.
Now, considering the bizarre
picture, Sarkar tends to paint of
himself, you might think
Southwell would have reservations about sponsoring a Sarkar
publication. "I had no problem
with that," Southwell said. "You
see, I am impressed with his insight and the ideas he brings to
class, and his sense or responsibility with his outside interest,"
— Vincent Tortorice
Caterina La Manna
Joe Edward Malone
102 The University Of Houston