Two Sunday cartoons

Two cartoons for today: a Pearls Before Swine on some visual conventions in the comics, and a Dilbert on telling stories, through images and words.

Pearls. The surprise here is who Stephan Pastis (the cartoonist) is talking to:


The noseless character is in fact Cathy, from the cartoon of that name. About the cartoon, from Wikipedia:

Cathy is a comic strip drawn by Cathy Guisewite. It features a woman who struggles through the “four basic guilt groups” of life — food, love, family, and work. The strip gently pokes fun at the lives and foibles of modern women. Cathy’s characteristics and issues both made fun of and sometimes fed into negative stereotypes about women. The strip debuted on November 22, 1976, and at its peak appeared in over 1,400 newspapers.

… On August 11, 2010, Cathy Guisewite announced the decision to end the run of Cathy. On October 3, 2010, the final strip ran, with the revelation that Cathy is pregnant with a girl.


Yes, she has no nose, and never had one. (And her hair is stringy, and she weighs more than she wants to.)

Cathy strips on Language Log:

ML, 4/26/05: Language and gender: The cartoon version: link

ML, 12/9/06: Linguistic cartoon update: link

ML, 2/14/07: Choice and meaning: link

ML, 7/8/07: Argumentative dogs: link

ML, 10/23/09: The communicative properties of footwear: link

Dilbert. On “telling a story” in the business world. First the images, then the words. Dilbert has a particularly simple solution:


Just pick some words out of a dictionary?

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