Up, up and away…

… in my beautiful speech balloon — in a fine Pearls Before Swine cartoon from 7/12/20:

A 4-panel Pearls playing with speech balloons — and then a single-panel crossover to Bill Keane’s The Family Circus

(Hat tip to Jeff Bowles on Facebook.)

The main cartoon is one of a species in which speech balloons are treated as physical objects in the characters’ context, objects that contain the words the characters say, words that the characters can see and read (see some similar examples in the speech-balloons Page on this blog) — and simultaneously are treated as lighter-than-air flotation devices that will rise in the air and carry objects with them.

So Pig goes up, whee, in the Pearls world, but comes down, whomp, in the Family Circus world.

The song. From Wikipedia:

“Up, Up and Away” is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by the 5th Dimension that became a major pop hit … [It’s a] canonical example of sunshine pop, themed around images of hot air ballooning


2 Responses to “Up, up and away…”

  1. Bill Stewart Says:

    Goodbye, Dolly?

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      I fear that in Fatsis Family Circus World, Dolly’s a goner, though in Keane Family Circus Word, she gamely bounces back; the kids always do.

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