Archive for the ‘Narrative’ Category

The pizza boy as cultural figure

October 12, 2017

(Mostly cultural analysis, focused on gay porn. But plenty of very plain talk about men’s bodies and mansex, so this is not for kids or the sexually modest.)


The pizza boy archetype, as depicted by young Melbourne artist Allain de Leon in DNA Magazine, April 2013

The figure is a package of symbolic content and associations, among them: the desirable youth; the delivery figure, someone who comes to your door bearing pleasurable goods for money; pizza as an American cultural emblem of warm informal social associations; and a cluster of associations of food with sex, some more general, others specific to pizza slices and whole pizza pies

The trigger for this posting is a recent ad for C1R/Catalina Video, with a sale on a new release — Pizza Boy 4 – Slice of Pie — and the three earlier films in the series, starting with Pizza Boy: He Delivers (William Higgins, 1986). The ads, which are way XXX-rated, are available in a posting on AZBlogX (“Another slice of pizza boy”). But here: a salacious image of pizza boy Steve Henson from the first film, a classic of gay porn:


Story Structure

April 8, 2014

A Tom Gauld cartoon on narrative structure:

A metacartoon, commenting on the content of the cartoon.

On narrative structure, with special reference to the comics, see my posting of 3/16, here.


63N: narrative structure

March 16, 2014

Somewhat out of order, a section of the Stanford linguistics course 63N (on linguistics in the comics) on narrative structure (partly so I can introduce two strips that I wouldn’t have posted here before).