Two cartoons and a parody

Two cartoons from the latest (December 2014) Funny Times (by Jen Sorenson and L.J. Kopf), plus a Eurythmics parody passed along on Facebook.

Globola. The first panel of a Sorensen cartoon, with a portmanteau (global + Ebola):


On the cartoonist, from Wikipedia:

Jen Sorensen (born September 28, 1974, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is an American cartoonist and illustrator who authors a weekly comic strip [Slowpoke] that often focuses on current events from a liberal perspective. Her work appears on [a variety of websites and in alternative newsweeklies].

Truth Paste. More language play, from L.J. Kopf:


Either a pun (on tooth paste) or a portmanteau (truth + tooth paste) — these can be hard to distinguish — plus the play on sticking and paste.

It wasn’t easy finding information on the cartoonist, but eventually I found gold in a 1/6/06 story (“L.J. Kopf at Bundy”) in the Barre Montpelier (VT) Times Argus:

Waitsfield – The Bundy Center for the Arts will present “Mythical Hiccup – Cartoons and Collages by L.J. Kopf,” beginning Friday, Jan. 6 …

Growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1950s, Kopf was inundated with popular culture from comic books, television, magazines, radio, and newspapers. While studying art at Carnegie-Mellon University, ideas about painting, photography, and film were scrambled into his consciousness. Consequently, his artwork went in many directions. After college, Kopf began selling cartoons to a variety of publications.

The Vermont Vanguard Press (a news and arts weekly) began in 1978, giving Kopf a weekly forum. His EDGE cartoon appeared in every issue until the paper’s demise in 1990. In 1988 Fantagraphics Books published a best-of-EDGE collection entitled “Into Every Life a Little EDGE Must Fall.” Kopf’s drawings have also been printed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Comic News, Utne, and Funny Times. For the past 15 years Kopf has been the children’s librarian at the Richmond Library and a jazz DJ at WWPV 88.7 FM.

A committed Vermonter.

Sweet Dreams. Passed on by Ann Burlingham on Facebook, who got it from the Fifi and Dave site, this grocery store parody in cheese:


The original words, from the Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”:

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree
I travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

this > cheese, disagree > diss a brie, travel > cheddar, the seven seas > the feta cheese, something > Stilton. The YouTube video is here.

One Response to “Two cartoons and a parody”

  1. b.slade Says:

    I first one I think involves even more than portmanteau creation – probably also prior morphological analysis, treating the “ebo-” part as connected to “ebony”, “ebonics” etc.

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