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All those people hitting this image today (3/15/09), I'd love to know how you got here. Leave a comment.


John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise.. Mosaic done with illustrations found in the 700 Hobo group.


Used Flickrdown to pull down roughly 560 of the 740 images and then AndreaMosaic to build the image.


The original is 10mgs. A page was also created where you're able to mouse over each image, but like a doof I did this at work instead of on my server so I'll have to redo this and house all the images elsewhere.


I think it's neat and works better smaller.

Number 686. Experimental Hobo Infiltration Droid 41-K

Easily one of my favorites.

Hobo 511: Thor the Thumbhammer

from the spoken word poem here.

Hobo 310: Narcotic Morgan Suds

from the spoken word poem here.

Hobo 10: "Whispering Lies" MacGruder

from the spoken word poem here.

469_ Pickled Noggin Nettles


"Nettles gets increasingly nervous at the approach of Midnight as the other Hobos get 'snacky'




Never done this before. So I'm not sure how to do this. If you need more

information, or for me to do this another way, let me know the procedure.


I had a lot of fun creating this image. Hope it fits the criteria.


Ken Chandler


Hobo 20: "Tar Nose" Cohen

from the spoken word poem here.

Hobo 570: Juicepockets Thomas Moone from the spoken word poem here.

Hobo 240: Thermos H. Christ

from the spoken word poem here.

Number 73 of the 700 hoboes series.


After his meteoric rise to internet stardom with a country cover of "Baby Got Back", the pressures of celebrity got too much for Jonathan Coulton eventually resulting in a very memorable incident involving flammable materials and monkeys. After his release from prison, the last the internet heard from him was a cryptic post on his blog stating quite unequivocally, "Yib yab jammers". Jonathan Coulton now roams the urban wastelands that is the subways with a corrugated cardboard guitar, his scarred scarred mind and Singed, the perpetually burning monkey.


Disclaimer: I have no idea how Jon Coulton looks like and also Jonathan Coulton rocks

For the 700 Hobo Names project.

Hobo 224: Manny Stillwagon: The Man with the Handlebar Eyebrows

from the spoken word poem here.

Will the mystery of Hobo Zero ever be revealed?

"And, in addition, I have made a pie so delicious it will END ALL PIES!"

Another of John Hodgman's 700 Hoboes from his great book The Areas of My Expertise. A different style from my other hoboes, and she's decidedly not "old" but I thought that part might not be so literal.. seeing as she seems to be reliably "stabby"… premature grey suits I think. Probably one of the more glamourous hoboes.. it's the danger, I think.

everything is so pleasant at BB's tea parties.

Why didn't I think of this several months ago?

The list continues to surprise me.

Hobo #374: Irving Alva Edison, Inventor of the Hobophone

The third hobo in this list. Drawn by Matt Jurns and used on my blog.

Number 14 of the 700 hoboes series.


Paul bit off one of his toes. Do the math.

#243 Lord Winston Two Monocles

Replicant Wemberly Plastiskin and his Clockwork Squrrel [sic], "Toothy".


Also present but concealed: one of the Silk Brothers


Also: some clarification. What appears to be a missing "i" in "squirrel" in the book is not a typo. Hodgman had originally planned that the "i" appear in red ink, the red "i" lending some weight to the yes side of the "Is Toothy a Replicant?" debate. However, when Dutton chose to print the book in all black, the letters in red ink were lost.


When, Dutton, will we be able to read the book as Hodgman intended it to be read? I await your response.


Hobo 288: Gut Thrower Sy Salt from the spoken word poem here.

...because, by the year 2000, everyone will have personal jetpacks...

"La Grande Mel", a retired Frensh CanCanDancer took an audition on Broadway but was turned down. PomPom, who's ambition was to be a TexasRanger, came across and cheered her up doing his HokyPoky.

From that day on they travel together.


Illustration for the 700Hoboes project.

Arrrrr this be captain slick-talk says me.

The Hoboe-Bingo Master, but he cheats... He can feel the numbers with his tongue but is also very skilled with thread, needle and curtains.

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