In early August, I admitted to having run out of ideas for reddit logo doodles (although some may argue that this happened a while ago). It was back in July 2005, shortly after Steve and I started reddit, that I began copying this Google logo tradition. Coincidentally, Dennis Hwang (current Google doodler, but then-intern) was asked by Larry and Sergei to do his first doodle on the same holiday that I did mine -- the 4th of July.
So despite being armed with a legal (yes, legal) copy of Adobe Illustrator CS3, I was still creatively bankrupt. I did the only thing that made sense; I created a reddit poll to generate ideas. I'm hoping to do all of the suggestions, as long as they're feasible, but Carl Tashian's stood out -- after all, it was the 'hottest' suggestion at the time:
alien applies for citizenshipAnd it was labor day weekend, so I was feeling patriotic. That, and it provided a nice segue into this week's series (also reader-submitted). This is going to be an epic reddit logo series. The Iliad can't touch this.
He's getting tired of alienhood, so he applies for citizenship. He tries to join the USA but gets caught up in the American immigration quagmire. Red tape everywhere. He gets deported, has to wait around in Heathrow airport--a citizen of nowhere. He finally ends up in the open arms of a welcoming Tuvalu, only to find his new home country uninhabitable due to a rising sea-level. By the end of the week, he's happily omnipresent again. The hassles of citizenship outweighed any benefits.
I had to make a few changes to the story Carl, but hopefully this did it justice.
(+3 points to you if you noticed Nibbler in line, too)
I'm sure I don't mean anything by that ellipses, so let me thank Carl for the suggestion and those of you who voted (thanks) and encourage the rest of you to either submit your own or vote. Consider it a community service.