Zippy in two moods

First, today’s Zippy, with Pinheads bonding over pop culture; and then a very serious Zippy, on the occasion of the Charlie Hebdo massacre:



In #1, Carly and Farley nuzzle over Lladro figurines, Yosemite Sam, whoopie pies, and ah-ooga horns.

From various Wikipedia entries:

Lladró … is a Spanish company [founded in 1953] based in Tavernes Blanques, Valencia, that produces [kitschig] porcelain figurines. (link)

Yosemite Sam is an American animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Animation… Along with Elmer Fudd, he is the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny. He is commonly depicted as an extremely aggressive gunslinging prospector, outlaw, pirate, or cowboy with a hair-trigger temper and an intense hatred of rabbits, Bugs particularly. (link)

The whoopie pie (alternatively called a black moon, gob (term indigenous to the Pittsburgh region), black-and-white, bob, or “BFO” for Big Fat Oreo, … is a US baked good that may be considered either a cookie, pie, or cake. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin or gingerbread cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. (link)

And from a 4/26/10 posting in this blog, on ah-ooga in an earlier Zippy:

Ah-ooga [or awooga or ah-oo-gah], used to represent the sound of an automobile horn, most notably a Ford “Model A” horn (there’s even an ahooga website, for owners and restorers of Model A’s), falls in with a big class of cases, of several types — ouch and ah-choo and cock-a-doodle-doo and whoosh among them — that are expressive or sound-symbolic but also conventionalized to the point where they can be pronounced like ordinary words (rather than sound effects), though they can also be set off to some extent from the material surrounding them by various levels of “performance”, rather than mere utterance.

In #2, Zippy announces Je ne suis pas s’amuser (‘I am not having fun’, alluding to his famous query “Are we having fun yet?”) and adds the Charlie Hebdo slogan “Je suis Charlie” (‘I am Charlie’, expressing solidarity with the satirical paper’s staff).

#2 is one of a set on the Comics Kingdom blog in which “Cartoonists respond to Charlie Hebdo tragedy”. The contributors:

Jeff Parker, Dustin; Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead; Chris Browne, Hagar the Horrible; editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba; editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies; editorial cartoonist Mike Smith; editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers; Rina Piccolo, Tina’s Groove; Eric Reaves, cartoon of Trixie on behalf of Hi and Lois; editorial cartoonist Ed Gamble; Kieran Meehan, Pros & Cons; Bruce Tinsley, Mallard Fillmore; editorial cartoonist Mike Peters; James Allen, Mark Trail; Jim Toomey, Sherman’s Lagoon; John Rose, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith

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