So this is history now, but: On September 2, 2010 “academic mice” debuted in print in The Breeze, the student newspaper of James Madison University. It had a weekly one-year run and then became a (sporadically updated) web comic. At debut time there was a nice feature article about the cartoon and cartoonist. All the coverage is copyright (c) 2010 by The Breeze.
The story of “academic mice”