The 5th Wave

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For the novel by Rick Yancey, see The 5th Wave (novel). For the upcoming film, see The 5th Wave (film).

The 5th Wave is a weekly gag cartoon by Rich Tennant,[1] published on Sundays.[2] Started in 1981, the comic usually deals with computers and technology.[3] Tennant's cartoons regularly appear in the For Dummies book series, and has appeared in PC Magazine and Computerworld, a magazine for which he worked from 1987 to 1999. Like most gag cartoons, Tennant's comics have no continuity, no recurring characters, and no storylines that continue into the next week.

The name of the comic comes from Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. In this book, societies are listed in waves, e.g., the Agricultural Age is The First Wave, the Industrial Age is The Second Wave, and the Information Age is The Third Wave. Tennant wanted to call his comic The Fourth Wave, but "through a series of missteps and miscommunications", it was first published in a newspaper under the title The 5th Wave, and the name stuck.[4]


  1. ^ "TAKING `THE 5TH'". Press-Telegram. October 15, 1997. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Many Publications Are Taking 'The 5th.'". Editor & Publisher, Vol. 130, No. 5. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "CATCH THE 5TH WAVE DEBUT". Contra Costa. October 26, 1997. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 5th Wave FAQ". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 

See Also[edit]

  • User Friendly, a character oriented comic that also features heavy technical humour

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