Comic conventions

Two cartoons today touching on conventions of the comics: A Calvin and Hobbes on conventional characters in the comics and a Zippy on the conventions of surrealistic cartooning:



In #1, Calvin rants to his father about the stereotyping of women and of men in the comics, adding at the end that kids are stereotyped there as well, as obnoxious brats (like Calvin himself).

In #2, Zippy confronts a surrealist manqué (no doubt there’s an allusion in the name Lattimore that I’m missing) and dismisses him as a lightweight (“somewhere in Fort Worth, a pork chop is eating a plumber” won’t cut it) — while Zippy makes daily house calls as a professional (“Have fun, will travel”).

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