Archive for the ‘Comic conventions’ Category

Cavenips

March 16, 2017

An Avi Steinberg cartoon in the March 20th New Yorker, combining cavemen, clothing, and nipples:

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Cavemen: a cartoon meme. Clothing: one-shoulder garments for men. And of course men’s nipples. And then there’s Avi Steinberg, who’s a cartoonist+.

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Gender and sexuality in the comics

January 30, 2017

In today’s comics feed, a Bizarro on paleolithic heterosexual rituals; and a One Big Happy in which Ruthie reflects on projections of masculinity in men’s clothing:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

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Word balloons

January 21, 2017

The Zippy from the 19th thrusts us into the world of word (or speech) balloons (or bubbles):

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Caricaturist James Gillray is the star of this strip, in which the figures of Griffy and Zippy are drawn in Gillray’s style in panels 1, 2, and 4.

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A show about nothingness

December 22, 2016

Or: Seen on the tube, darkly.

Two recent Zippys, in which a Dingburg Seinfeld cult re-works episodes from the tv show in dark ways:

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Griffith uses the very same artwork for all eight panels, varying only which character speaks and what they say. The resulting effect is that the artwork serves only to convey that we’re in Dingburg. Meanwhile, the stories veer far from the originals.

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Penguins among the asparagus

December 6, 2016

Two Charles Addams cartoons from New Yorkers of years ago: a penguin-themed one from 4/27/57 and an asparagus-themed one from 5/25/63:

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“You telephone ‘Better Homes & Gardens.’ I’ll start making the hollandaise.”

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The mazel tov cocktail

November 20, 2016

From the Washington Post on the 7th, “Actually, the Mazel Tov cocktail is real. And it’s delicious” by Maura Judkis, beginning:

In what will be perhaps the last great moment of comedy this presidential campaign season has given us, Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes of RightAlerts.com criticized Jay Z after the rapper performed in Cleveland on Friday in support of Hillary Clinton.

“One of his main videos starts out with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police,” said Hughes, referencing the “Run This Town” video.

Except: The explosive is called a molotov cocktail. “Mazel tov” [more or less literally, ‘good luck’] is a celebratory phrase in Hebrew — something you say when a baby is born, or a happy couple gets married. It’s not the first time a Republican has confused the two terms — when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was a county executive, he wrote “molotov” as a greeting to a Jewish constituent. So while Jewish people were laughing at Hughes’s malapropism, everyone else began to wonder: What is a mazel tov cocktail … ?

Judkis’s piece goes on to explain the mazel tov cocktail, and I’ll get to that. But some readers were made uneasy by these mazel tov / Molotov eggcorns, with their mixture of Judaism, Russian communism, and bomb-throwing protestors (like cartoon anarchists).

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Clown and balloon animal, take 4

October 12, 2016

The New Yorker has recently been on something of a run with the cartoon meme of the clown and his balloon animal. One (by Ken Krimstein) I haven’t chronicled before, from the October 3rd issue:

Man in hot air balloon, on the right, comes upon clown in giant balloon dog balloon, on the left. How else would a clown go ballooning? (Wordless, of course.)

 

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Bozo’s ark

October 6, 2016

Today’s Bizarro:

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

The cartoon combines two cartoon memes: Noah’s Ark (note the shepherd’s staff, or shepherd’s crook) and the meme of the clown and his balloon animals.

As a bonus, it’s a wordless cartoon.

Gross and flying penguins, Barsotti and flying squirrels

August 15, 2016

Unearthed in today’s clearing out of material piled up in a cabinet, two New Yorker cartoons: a Sam Gross (published in the 9/4/95 issue) in which a penguin achieves flight, a Charles Barsotti (published in the 8/12/96 issue) in which squirrels question whether they are in fact flying squirrels (there are tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, and questioning squirrels — TGFQ):

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If you try harder, you might succeed; and if you give it a try, you might discover your identity.

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Zippy on a cross-comic run

July 16, 2016

In the “Ask the Archivist” column on the Comics Kingdom Blog (from King Features) on the 14th:

It’s been thirty years since Bill Griffith’s underground comix star Zippy The Pinhead went above ground and joined King Features Syndicate. Zippy had been around since 1971, so he’s in the midst of a forty-fifth anniversary, too.

Zippy, as you might know, was inspired by Griffith’s real-life interaction with a Pinhead, as well as Pinheads in popular culture, like the co-stars of the infamous film, “FREAKS” (MGM 1932).

But Griffith has always been more interested in the way culture has impressed him, especially that which addressed kids many years ago. At any time, incomprehensibly, long-dead actors or forgotten corporate mascots might appear, and interact with Zippy or Griffith’s cartoon alter ego. It’s like a surreal dream, often punctuated with misty bits of philosophy and out-of-date advertising catchphrases.

Today I’ve picked some of the Zipster’s various encounters with comic characters

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