Subway Stories #3: Thomas Baehr

Categories:  Subway Stories

Sometimes the simplest taglines are the most effective—by that standard, Thomas Baehr really hit the nail on the head with Pole. The Webcomic bears the rather straightforward slogan, “The Comic Strip About Penguins,” and, well, one would be hard-pressed to cobble together five words that better described the whimsical little online comic.

With the Act-I-Vate strip, The End is Here, the German-born artist has adopted a far more serious storyline, also starring a cast of everyone’s favorite flightless Arctic birds.

For this third installment of our Subway Stories series, Baehr abandoned his penguin friends momentarily to bring us the story of an underground busker. “No Tips, Please” was written by Avi Kotzer with art by Baehr, who assures me that it is, in fact, based on a true story.

You can check out more of Baehr’s work (and plenty more penguins) at So What? The Artroom.

Those artists interested in submitting a strip to the Subway Stories series, please drop us a line at

[Subway Stories #1: Raina Telgemeier]

[Subway Stories #2: John Leavitt]



9 Comments to “Subway Stories #3: Thomas Baehr”

  1. Tim Hamilton | July 9th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Nice Work guys! Had me in suspense until the last panel!

  2. Jennifer Hayden | July 9th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Beautiful, Thomas! So you DO draw people–and they don’t even look like penguins!

  3. Dino | July 9th, 2009 at 6:22 pm


  4. Mercurio | October 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Excellent job of capturing a sad, lonely mood–a mood you can only feel in a crowded subway with people ignoring one another–and then turning that feeling on its head in the last two panels. (I particularly like the panel with the cop, in which everyone is looking away from the violionist but taking in the music). Kudos, gentlemen!

  5. Mali | October 6th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Do both of you take the subway frequently? you really managed to capture the mood of subway traveling. fruitful collaboration of two artists enriches a good story!

  6. Eli | November 6th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    JEJE muy depinga avi estuvo muy buena la idea y el comics. La verdad es q se nota en el trabajo la idea del metro en ny q cada uno esta con lo suyo.
    Etuvimos hila y yo viendolo un rato y nos gusto.
    q tengan mucha suerte y sigan trabajando q esta muy bien

  7. Shay | November 6th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Nice Work… I really liked the idea. With few precise words and excellente drawing you can say so much. I hope to see more stories of your cooperation

  8. Ayelet | November 8th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful drawings and excellent story, but more importantly, I think its genius how you could express so much so simply… looking forward to see more of your collaborations

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