Today I was explaining to someone how data is being transmitted between routers on Internet. Thinking a bit more I believe stories involving routers communicating around the world encountering various stories (blocking firewall, rogue BGP packets, DDoS, etc) could make an interesting webcomic, both on the amusing side and the educational side.
Just so you know I absolutely sucks when it comes to drawing stuff, however the pencil tool in gimp seems to give interesting results (maybe). The easiest is to look at my first drawing explaining the structure of a packet and showing a router getting ready to route one of such packets.
The truck represents the link layer (usually ethernet). The idea with this image was to show that a router will usually just look at the IP layer and never look lower unless it is the target of the packet (ie. bgp sessions, etc).
Anyway I’ll see if I can put another image a bit bigger with frames (let’s try 3~4 frames) and a small fun story involving routers and packets (routers don’t have hands, they manipulate and direct packets with thoughts. Having to move hands would make the routing process too long). Now what’s missing is a name for this potential webcomic (and maybe someone to draw the stuff better than I do ; while I think routers are OK as blobs with big eyes, I need to improve my drawing of a truck and a packet)…