Archive for the ‘Language play’ Category

More Bizarro followup

August 30, 2014

After I posted a Bizarro Batman cartoon and a followup analysis of it, Billy Green has posted on Facebook:

On his blog today, [Dan] Piraro [the Bizarro cartoonist] mentions that this was suggested by another cartoonist, Dan McConnell:

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In this one, a pun on Holy See ‘the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome’.

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Visual burlesque

August 29, 2014

From Xopher Walker recently, this image from the American Postcard Co. in 1995; design by George Costaldo, photography by Michael Huhn. One of a set of political leather images — involving Hillary alone, Bill alone, Hillary and Bill, and (below) Bill and Al — sometimes described as parodies, but to my mind better characterized as (visual) burlesques.

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Bizarro followup

August 29, 2014

Posting yesterday on that day’s Bizarro, with only minimal commentary on it. Now a follow-up on two topics: what you have to know to make sense of what’s going on in the cartoon; and what makes it funny.

The cartoon repeated here:

 

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While Robin’s off duty …

August 28, 2014

Today’s very silly Bizarro:

While Robin’s off-duty, Batman calls in Cardinal. Stick to the birds.

Ruthie (mis)interprets

August 18, 2014

Two recent One Big Happy cartoons with Ruthie’s misinterpretations of what she’s heard: a simple one today, and a very complex one a little while back:

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Another Page: parodies etc.

August 17, 2014

Continuing my gradual accumulation of (publicly available) inventories of postings on various subjects (replacing my in-house files, in MS Word): AZBlog postings on parodies, burlesques, and playful allusions, here.

It takes considerable work to create html files for this blog (though once created, they’re easily updated). My hope is that others will find these inventories useful, but frankly I have no evidence that this is so; I suspect that hardly anyone one pays attention to the Pages on my blog (listed on the right edge of the main page). It’s all kind of discouraging.

Mashup

August 16, 2014

Today’s Zippy, on musical mashups:

 

The third panel veers into a Zippy favorite, Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL, in a parody version.

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-ese

August 4, 2014

Today’s Bizarro:

A play on the uses of the suffix -ese.

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The song sparrow

August 3, 2014

Today’s revisiting of Calvin and Hobbes:

The song sparrow segues into a bit of kidlore (beloved by campers and scout troops), and that gets Calvin thrown out of the house by his mother.

A lot of kidlore has no traceable history, but this one has an official story.

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Keep on Truckee

August 2, 2014

Today’s Zippy, back in Dinerville:

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The diner in question is pretty much instantly identifiable as being in Truckee CA, though Bill Griffith has obscured its full name. In its current incarnation:

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And there’s a story.

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