Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

The stray bar

July 1, 2015

A cartoon by Dan Reynolds:

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A cute pun on gay bar, plugged into the “I didn’t realize this was a gay bar” meme.

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Another Zippy candidate

July 1, 2015

Today’s Zippy has Griffy interviewing another candidate for the position of Zippy’s character actor:

I’ve been passing on these interview strips — see the posting “Auditioning to be Zippy” — because of what they suggest about how the cartoonist views his character (in this case, as someone who lacks a filter on his thoughts). Unfortunately, this candidate balked at the Surgery Clause.

the old college try

July 1, 2015

Today’s Calvin and Hobbes:

As on other occasions, Calvin asks his father an information question and gets a less than useful response. In this case, the meaning of the old college try is clear, but its history is not quite so clear.

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The return of Lazlo?

June 30, 2015

Today’s Zippy finds Lazlo and Connie holed up, unhappily, in a motel near Duluth:

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The Pinhead life begins to look attractive, even congenial.

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The Crannich chronicles

June 29, 2015

A missing part of the saga of character actor Lazlo Crannich in Zippy. Earlier postings led up to a discussion of identities and performances, and then Lazlo agonized unhappily about his job portraying Zippy, through a series of strips, until he simply fled the scene and escaped to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Jeffrey Brown

June 29, 2015

On cartoonist Jeffrey Brown and his charming Darth Vader books.

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Auditioning to be Zippy

June 28, 2015

When we last heard from Lazlo and Connie, the actors who perform Zippy and Zerbina, they had fled to Copper Harbor MI (where they were staying at the King Copper Motel). The story then shifted (on June 24th) to Griffy and the task of finding replacements for the actors. The first strip in this story line:

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Claude Funston thought …

June 28, 2015

Today’s Zippy, with a parody of (part of) Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, from the (mostly political) dreaming mind of Claude Funston:

The parody reproduces the recurring /ɪŋz/ rhyme of the original, once as /ɪŋz/ (the things of the original), three times as /ɪŋ/.

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Clickbait

June 27, 2015

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:

A subtle pun on bait — understood literally, as in bait for fish, or understood figuratively, as an enticement (in this case to click on a link).

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Undermining marriage

June 27, 2015

Tom Tomorrow’s This Modern World on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision (yesterday) guaranteeing marriage as a right for same-sex couples throughout the United States:

Scalia insists that marriage has been unchanged for centuries, so that it must continue to be unchanged; two observers dispute the claim of changelessness. (Meanwhile, essentially all of the Republican candidates for President frame their opposition as being to “a redefinition of marriage“, as if this were a matter of words rather than things, and appeal to a definition that they see as given by God — He doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage — and not by lawyers or judges.)

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