Tuesday, May 29, 2012


My dad never really believed in sports.

No one really ever had to tell him he’s not good at it. He kind of just.. Felt it.

And as he grew up it didn’t get better.

He tried to prove that there are other things which are more important, but.. . Found it hard to communicate.

He decided He has to find proof, some scientific explanation that will convince everyone, that all this physical activity is really not that good for you.

And he was restless as he was spending days and nights searching for an answer.

Things got even worse during his military service, as his ideas were not quite in line with the Army’s Agenda.

The years have passed and in 1984, the year I was born, the stars have aligned to cause an event that will affect my life forever.

"We interrupt this broadcast to bring you these shocking news…"

"Author and running Guru James Fixx.."


Wiki: James Fuller Fixx was the author of the 1977 best-selling book:
The Complete Book of Running 

He is credited with helping start America's fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging.

Now Jimmy Fix didn’t just Die. 

Ironically he died from a heart attack while… 


After years of searching for a proof, my dad could not be happier.

"I rest my case!"

It was the happiest day of his life.

As I was growing up, the Fixx fiasco gave him a lot of confidence in his Anti-Sports belief.

"Have you beeeeeen working out??" 
And he didn't spare an opportunity to tease my friends and I

And then... He turned 50.

"Mr. Geller Most of the tests' results looks pretty good…"

"But I must say that in your age, you really need to start..."

(echo: ” exercising.. exercising.. exercising…”)

” Mr. Geller, did you hear what I said?”

“Mr. Geller?”

“misssterrr Gelleerrr?”

“Mwiiissstwer Gwellllaaaawwuuuaar?”

My dad DID hear.

And my dad is a very disciplined man.

So he ran.

And ran.
 And raaaan…


"Mr. Geller, I am glad you came." 

"You look a little nervous, you’re sweating… is everything okay?"

"Oh.. no. haha…"

"I just... RAN over here ;)”

"Well Mr. Geller, I have some good news and some bad news."

"The good news is that your situation has not gone worse in the past few months". 

"The bad news is that it hasn’t improved either." 

"So what I suggest is..."



“Since nothing have changed, I guess I won’t be needing these anymore *WINK*” 

And me…

Every time I see people exercising, I am full of admiration, and wish I could do it too.

But there is something stronger than me, that is engraved in my family's tradition.

"Father, I am sorry I have let you down"

"Son, you dishonor me!"

Oh well. If the family’s honor is at stake, and it means a little 'Dad Belly' when I am old…


Aaron Ludwig said...

Love the .gifs.
Awesome stuff.

Yi Ting (Sharon) Huang said...

woahhh awesome!

Fabrizio Spinelli said...


Chapeau to you, Mr. Geller :D

And to your father too! :D

Jason Newkirk said...

great boards, great storytelling! nice stuff!

Elaine Wu said...

that running cycle!!! i swear i stared at that for a good minute! love!

Carrie Liao said...

haha this is hilarious! Love the gifs, too...of course :)

I am also a fan of no-exercise...but what about biking? that's pretty cool!

Millie González said...

Hahaha! This is so great! I love the running cycle.

Hilarious story, I was very entertained. (:

Dan Seddon said...

This is so great! I actually laughed out loud at the pannel where your taking your first steps, amazing

Nikolas Ilic said...

this is great man!

jriggity said...



Juan Andrés Castañeda said...

Awesome, man!

Your storytelling just gets better and better!

Thanish said...

u r inspiring man... Being a Animator cum Dad tales lover.. Am impressed Avner Geller.
I love ur way of story telling ...simple and funny !

Nikhita said...

Hahahaha!! Avner this is some seriously BRILLIANT storytelling!!! You should make this into a film! With your narrative!! :) I just love the gifs, the slow mo shots, the close up of the moth when the reporter says:'HAS DIED'! It's all brilliant! What a huge inspiration this has been for me! :)

César Rosolino Pasqualinotto said...

hahahahahhaha AWESOME!!

Stephen Nicodemus said...

Haha. That's good! Good story telling. It kept me reading.