A Dry Erase "Julius Caesar"

It’s March and I’m still supposedly “off”, but tomorrow is the IDES OF MARCH, and I can’t let that pass without comment. Celebrate (?) the Ides with a quick dry-erase re-telling of Julius Caesar!

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Stick Figure Iconography: Julius Caesar

I know we just got finished with the entirety of Julius Caesar, but it's the Ides of March, and what are the Ides of March without Julius Caesar? So here's the latest in my ongoing examination of the distinguishing characteristics and props of Shakespeare's most famous characters:


Julius Caesar is one of those characters who is most famous for being dead. He is lying onstage, dead, for many more lines than he actually speaks. However, despite being dead most of the time, he still manages to dominate the entire play. That's good PR.

Julius Caesar: Death & Marriage Totals

OK! Julius Caesar is over, the dust has settled, and it's time to look back at what REALLY happened during the play. Let's start off with some good old death and marriage totals:


Some points of note:

  1. Flavius and Murellus, who pull scarves off of Caesar's statues in the first scene, are reported as being "put to silence", which sure sounds like they've been executed. However, historically they were apparently just stripped of their titles as tribunes. So they might not actually be dead.
  2. Brutus and Messala's letters don't agree on how many senators were killed along with Cicero; Brutus's letter says 70, Messala's says 100. I'm only counting Cicero, the only executed senator whose name we know. The other gets lumped under "plus assorted..." at the end.
  3. No marriages. That's how you know it's REALLY not a comedy. 

Tune in next week, when we'll sum up the entire play in a single page for those of you who haven't been paying attention!

Julius Caesar: Act 5, Scene 5 (part 2)



Public service announcement: Please don't run on swords. 

If your eyes kind of glazed over for the last couple of months since I started doing Julius Caesar, (a) I don't blame you, and (b) check in Thursday for a succinct summary of the important bits. 

Julius Caesar: Act 5, Scene 4

We're getting close to the end now, I promise... 


Fun fact! The son of Marcus Cato (ho!) is Marcus Porcius Cato, the brother of Brutus's wife, Portia. Their father, Cato the Younger, killed himself after his attempts to prevent Julius Caesar's rise to power failed. Portia, as you will remember, killed herself by swallowing hot coals. Young Marcus Porcius Cato here essentially committed suicide by charging the enemy without helmet or armor.

Don't be like the Catos, kids.