Surviving the World
A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd
Head Professor: Dante Shepherd (the pseudonym of Dr. Lucas Landherr) holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and is currently a professor at Northeastern University in Boston doing engineering education research for K-12 classrooms. His perspectives on living to the age of ninety-six have been shared with Surviving the World since May 2008.
He lives with his wife, theSwede, and his daughter, Cannonball.
Lies told while maintaining his pseudonym:
- Dante had a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. (Nope.)
- Dante had a Master's degree in philosophy. (Nope.)
- Dante was a research scientist at the Fred Paulson Institute in Wincheck City, PA during the first two years of STW. (Neither this institute nor this city exist.)
- Dante worked as a government research scientist at the Institute for Scientific Progress and Research in Sharpe Valley, MD for the next two years of STW. (Neither this institute nor this city exist.)
- Dante was older than 30 when STW started. (He was born in 1983.)
- Probably something else. Pseudonyms are hard. You can keep using it, though.
Teaching Assistant: German Shepherd holds a B.A. in House Destruction with a minor in Feline-Canine Relations from the University of Phoenix. He grades the STW exams and occasionally steps in to deliver a lesson himself. While he may look like a large beagle, he's actually a Treeing Walker Coonhound, which, in general, is notable for looking like large beagles.
Teaching Assistant: Sprite Shepherd holds a self-taught Ph.D. in Ornithology which culminated in her highly regarded thesis, "Are Birds Tasty?: The Flavor Units Of Winged Creatures And Various Spiders". Funding for future research dried up after the ethics of her methods were called into question. Now a suspected birderer, she contributes occasional lessons to STW while training to become an Olympic lap sitter and food devourer.