Archive for the ‘Cartoonists’ Category

A touching memorial

November 20, 2022

My life continues to be mostly absorbed by the Respiratory Virus and what I’ve come to call the Sleep Monster, which has had me knocked out for five hours of today already. Bits of my waking time have been taken up by useful domestic things, like replacing my dead slipper / moccasins and assembling a pleasing Thanksgiving meal for myself (a bowl of very eccentric but satisfying posole — pork, white hominy, red, with idiosyncratic embellishments).

Otherwise, I’ve been consumed by fits of red-hot rage combined with body-wracking weeping sorrow over the shootings at Club Q in Colorado Springs; I hope to be able to post on that subject soon, but not now. In any case, before this news came to me, today’s Zippy strip came in, with a touching (and characteristically funny) memorial by cartoonist Bill Griffith to his cartoonist wife, Diane Noomin, who died back in September and then was memorialized in a service  by a bunch of unruly friends back on the 10th.

This is way too brief, but it’s the best I can do before my day runs out.

Just to note that these people are of my generation: Griffith is 4 years younger than me, Noomin was 7 years younger. For comparison: I’m essentially the same age as Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Fauci, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan, and only 2 years older than Joe Biden.

The Aussie firedog

April 8, 2022

(There will be a few excursions in passing about men’s bodies and man-on-man sex. If you can manage an appearance or two of the sexual verb fuck, you’ll be ok.)

From Ann Burlingham a couple days ago, a greeting card with a photo from the 2020 Australian Firefighters calendar, showing a man and his dog:

(#1) How to read the man, how to read the dog, and how to read the relationship between them

It turns out that there’s an amazing amount of content packed into this photo — I’ll try to reveal a bit of it here — and the photo leads to much more, including andirons, Dalmatians, lexicography, and the cartoonist George Booth.


Gahan Wilson

June 9, 2021

From Mike Pope on Facebook, commenting on yesterday’s posting “Bizarro cannibalism”, on the Cannibal cartoon meme:

(#1) The Man in the Cannibal Pot: Cartoons by Gahan Wilson (1967)

[MP:] Speaking of tropes, I had this book when I was a kid. I don’t know if you can see, but he’s emptying a bottle of poison into the water

Lovely; a metacartoon, or perhaps second-generation cannibal cartoon, taking the meme for granted and playing with its conventions.


Cartoonists at leisure

January 15, 2020

With a heads-up from Bob Eckstein, Michael Maslin’s Inkspill column for 1/14/20, “Fave Photo of the Day: New Yorker Cartoonists At Lunch”. The photo:


Zippy and Griffy on the Hanna-Barbera diner tour

August 1, 2017

In two recent Zippy strips, Zippy and Griffy, raging over limited animation, visit a diner in Delaware and an abandoned diner in Kentucky:



Three things: Hanna-Barbera; The Hollywood diner in Dover DE; and the Happy Days Diner in Cave City KY.


Caveman name fashions

February 5, 2017

In the latest (February 6th) New Yorker, a Jeremy Nguyen cartoon on names:


Once, real men had masculine names like Bart and Max. Now they’re all named Justin and Taylor.


Dick Deadeye in the morning

August 6, 2016

Today’s morning name: the Gilbert & Sullivan character Dick Deadeye (from H.M.S. Pinafore): the rough and ugly able seaman, the grim realist of the Pinafore‘s crew. In my consciousness through some connection from my posting on Iolanthe yesterday, I suppose.


Bill Watterson

May 25, 2015

Just arrived at my house, this excellent 2014 volume:

Bill Watterson, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue (Andrews McNeel, Kansas City MO)

The exhibition took place at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum of the Ohio State University, where Watterson has placed his collection of Calvin and Hobbes materials.

The volume has a preface by Jenny E. Robb, the curator of the exhibition; an extensive interview of Watterson by her; and a nice assortment of essays by Watterson about things Calvin/Hobbesian. Here I’ll talk about the influences he cites on his work.