Comic conventions

Comic conventions
including cartoon memes and meta-comics; penguin cartoons mostly listed in the Penguin postings Page

see also the “Obscenicon postings” Page

Obscenicon postings

see also the “Speech balloons” Page

Speech balloons

This list is up-to-date only from mid-2014 on.

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5/12/12: Gag cartoons:

Gag cartoons


cartoon memes: desert island, dog-in-a-bar, caveman

6/14/12: Death at play:

Death at play


Grim Reaper cartoon meme

5/26/14: Two more on Memorial Day:

Two more on Memorial Day?


#2 Zippy on failure of cartoon characters to age

5/29/14: Threesies:

Threesies


Bob Mankoff advice: things are funnier in threes

☛ 6/7/14: Assorted cartoons:

Assorted cartoons


#3 Zippy: absurdly meta
#4 Pearls referring to Calvin and Hobbes

6/11/14: Book notice: Visual Language of Comics:

Book notice: Visual Language of Comics


Neil Cohen’s The Visual Language of Comics

7/6/14: Cartooning at the diner:

Cartooning at the diner


Zippy: Zippy and Griffy on cartoon styles

11/8/14: Saturday trio:

Saturday trio


#3: Bizarro: character makes reference to crosshatching on another character

1/30/15: Another cross-comic allusion:

Another cross-comic allusion


MGG: allusion to Pearls; links to earlier MGG strips with allusions to other comics

2/26/15: Return of the word avalanche:

Return of the word avalanche


Pearls Before Swine: meta-comic

7/26/15: Kongtoon:

Kongtoon


Bizarro: King Kong cartoon meme

11/22/15: Self-awareness:

Self-awareness


MGG: meta-comic; convention that characters’ physical features are just lines on paper

12/15/15: The news for cartoons:

The news for cartoons


Bob Mankoff on fact-checking cartoons; discussion of the conventions of the comic world vs. things in the real world; taboo vocabulary in cartoons
Zippy: eyes in manga/anime (with examples)
conventions on the use of background colors in the comics

12/17/15: manga/anime hair:

manga/anime hair


Zippy: hair in manga/anime

12/30/15: Five cartoons for the penultimate day:

Five cartoons for the penultimate day


Zippy: #3 on cartoon conventions

1/8/16: Two New Yorker cartoons:

Two New Yorker cartoons


#2 with conventions for identifying a caveman

1/12/16: Ahab and the whale:

Ahab and the whale


Ahab and the whale as a cartoon meme, especially in the New Yorker

1/16/16: Yaoi goes to high school:

Yaoi goes to high school


conventions of gay manga

1/20/16: Five from Barsotti:

Five from Barsotti


conventions for assigning gender to anthropomorphized inanimate objects

1/21/16: The Ascent of Bruce:

The Ascent of Bruce


the Ascent of Man cartoon meme

1/21/16: Tim Lockley and Ods Bodkins:

Tim Lockley and Ods Bodkins


the Batman cartoon meme

1/29/16: P.C. Vey:

P.C. Vey


the caveman cartoon meme; movement lines (agitrons)

3/1/16: CounterEvolution:

CounterEvolution


the Ascent of Man cartoon meme

3/12/16: Mayan comics and alliterative music:

Mayan comics and alliterative music


visual conventions in the Mayan counterpart to modern comics

5/1/16: Between the desert and the couch:

Between the desert and the couch


two cartoon memes; self-referentiality

5/6/16: Peter Kuper:

Peter Kuper


the Ahab and the whale meme

5/22/16: A slow meme:

A slow meme


the slow snail meme

5/28/16: The snail days of summer:

The snail days of summer


The slow snail meme

5/31/16: Circularity at the dawn of language:

Circularity at the dawn of language


the caveman meme

6/2/16: Cartoony days:

Cartoony days


cartoony faces; awareness of cartoon characters that they are in fact cartoon characters

6/4/16: Geek compounds:

Geek compounds


repurposed drawings

6/9/16: Tom Toro:

Tom Toro


#4 the (indistinguishable) penguin meme

6/24/16: Bob Eckstein:

Bob Eckstein


#3 the seeker and the seer meme

7/16/16: Zippy on a cross-comic run:

Zippy on a cross-comic run


Zippy with references to six other cartoon characters

8/24/16: Cartoon characters’ self-awareness:

Cartoon characters’ self-awareness


Bizarro with characters on strike

8/25/16: November 24th, 2014:

November 11th, 2014


Evolution of Life meme combined with Traffic Stop meme

10/6/16: Bozo’s ark:

Bozo’s ark


Noah’s Ark meme combined with meme of the clown and his balloon animals

10/12/16: Clown and balloon animal, take 4:

Clown and balloon animal, take 4


clown and his balloon animal

10/28/16: Halloween exposure:

Halloween exposure


background knowledge needed; torture as a cartoon theme

10/30/16: Toon animal time:

Toon animal time


#1 Bizarro on the Ascent of Man meme

11/20/16: The mazel tov cocktail:

The mazel tov cocktail


the cartoon bomb

3/16/17: Cavenips:

Cavenips


the caveman meme

3/30/17: Billy Zane:

Billy Zane


superhero tights, no visible pupils

3/31/17: The Ahab-Moby affair:

The Ahab-Moby affair


the Ahab and the whale cartoon meme

4/10/17: A primate with a pipe:

A primate with a pipe


the dressed-up primate meme (ape or monkey)

4/13/17: Three more Reapings:

Three more Reapings


Grim Reaper meme; Psychiatrist meme

4/15/17: A scent of man:

A scent of man


Ascent of Man meme; Caveman memes

5/1/17: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit: three cartoons for the 1st:

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit: three cartoons for the 1st


MGG: characters recognizing that they’re in a cartoon

5/5/17: Potato Head strip poker:

Potato Head Strip Poker


the Potato Head cartoon meme

5/11/17: Nudist penguins on parade:

Nudist penguins on parade


the Penguin cartoon meme (with tuxedos)

5/31/17: Slow turtle and even slower snail:

Slow turtle and even slower snail


the slow snail cartoon meme and slow turtle cartoon meme

6/4/17: Detached bodyparts in the comics:

Detached bodyparts in the comics


#1 Potato Head cartoon meme

6/6/17: Griffy Dimwit:

Griffy Dimwit


on the nature of comics

6/9/17: An old mammoth joke:

An old mammoth joke


the caveman cartoon meme

6/28/17: The Ballad of Clark and Bruce: SuperBat of Pink Steel Forever:

The Ballad of Clark and Bruce: SuperBat of Pink Steel Forever


superhero/explosion bubbles

7/6/17: Chast, Haefeli, Kaplan:

Chast, Haefeli, Kaplan


Kaplan: allusion to another comic; understanding comics

7/11/17: Office Goofiosity cuisine:

Office Goofiosity cuisine


cartoony / cartoonish characters

7/12/17: Toonies and their toons:

Toonies and their toons


more on cartoony / cartoonish characters

7/14/17: Vlad the Employer:

Vlad the Employer


speech bubbles; meta-comic

7/31/17: Today’s cartoon comprehension test:

Today’s comic comprehension test


desert island cartoon meme; meta-comic

8/2/17: Self-referential cartooning:

Self-referential cartooning


meta-cartoon with illeistic self-reference

8/9/17: Further adventures in cartoon understanding:

Further adventures in cartoon understanding


#1 Pirate theme, Pegleg Pirate meme

8/17/17: August 21st: two cartoons:

August 21st: two cartoons


#1 Desert Island meme, self-reference

8/23/17: -izing the dog:

-izing the dog


self-reference

8/25/17: Revisiting 1: Will McPhail:

Revisiting 1: Will McPhail


#2 Ascent of Man meme

10/13/17: Ascending and parting:

Ascending and parting


#1 JAK cartoon with Ascent of Man meme

10/13/17: Clowns and their balloon animals:

Clowns and their balloon animals


cartoon meme of the clown and his balloon animals

10/23/17: The pumpkin spice cartoon meme:

The pumpkin spice cartoon meme

10/31/17: Three kinds of cartoons:

Three kinds of cartoons


#1 Mick Stevens meta-cartoon

11/9/17: Comics on comics:

Comics about comics


Zippy meta-cartoons

11/15/17: The Mankoff rat cartoon:

The Mankoff rat cartoon


the Pavlov meme

11/17/17: Singing in parts:

Singing in parts


the Galley Slave meme

11/30/17: Two memic moments:

Two memic moments


penguin cartoons; Maze-Rat meme

12/2/17: Two and a cover:

Two and a cover


Desert Island, Grim Reaper

12/7/17: The saguaro in bloom:

The saguaro in bloom


saguaro as cartoon symbol of the desert

12/7/17: Monkey see, monkey fear:

Monkey see, monkey fear


Bizarro with cross-comic reference, to the Curious George books

12/17/17: Moby Chick, Moby Duck, Moby Dip:

Moby Chick, Moby Duck, Moby Dip


the Ahab and the whale meme

12/22/17: Memory and the power of diner food:

Memory and the power of diner food


the Proust and the madeleines meme

12/29/17: George Booth at 90: elephants and holidays:

George Booth at 90: elephants and holidays


#1, #8-10: the elephant in the room meme; #8 the psychoanalyst meme; #9 the witness stand meme

1/18/18: Out of the Inkwell:

Out of the Inkwell


animated Koko the clown comics as meta-comics

1/19/18: More George Booth:

More George Booth


#1 Dog In Bar meme

2/17/18: Tell them you haven’t seen him:

Tell them you haven’t seen him


#1 Toper in Hiding trope; Waldo figure

2/23/18: Death’s end:

Death’s end


Grim Reaper meme

3/3/18: Familiar cartoon themes: Waldo and sugar bombs:

Familiar cartoon themes: Waldo and sugar bombs


#1 Waldo figure, Psychiatrist meme

3/4/18: Two memic cartoons:

Two memic cartoons


Walk Into Bar, Psychiatrist, Batman, Multiple Personality

3/9/18: The scythe in the casket:

The scythe in the casket


Grim Reaper meme

3/14/18: The Waldo watch:

The Waldo watch


Waldo figure

3/16/18: The cartoon doctor:

The cartoon doctor


doctor symbols; the trope turn your head and cough

3/31/18: Little Orphan Anime:

Little Orphan Anime


conventions of anime

4/1/18: Two Easter cartoons:

Two Easter cartoons


Psychiatrist meme

4/8/18: Three weekend cartoons: POP goes the caveman couple, recursively:
Caveman meme; stricture-disregarding man, stricture-enforcing woman

4/14/18: New frontiers in POPs:

New frontiers in POPs


Psychiatrist meme

4/15/18: Cave painting:

Cave painting


Caveman meme

4/17/18: Lars Kinseth:

Lars Kenseth


#2 meta-cartoon (self-referential), Psychiatrist meme, Clown meme

4/27/18: Another q uick cartoon comprehension quiz:

Another quick cartoon comprehension quiz


Doomsday meme, Godzilla meme

4/28/18: Drove my Chevrolet:

Drove my Chevrolet


meta-comic: Rat rebukes the cartoonist Stephan Pastis

5/3/18: Waldo Chast:

Waldo Chast


Waldo meme

5/4/18: Them, if ever, come lusty days:

Then, if ever, come lusty days


Caveman meme

5/5/18: Mayotoon:

Mayotoon


Banana Peel trope

5/14/18: Air spelling:

Air spelling


meta: characters’ awareness of the text in speech balloons

5/22/18: (I just) can’t stop (it):

(I just) can’t stop (it)


Godzilla meme

6/1/18: Narrative theory at the therapist’s:

Narrative theory at the therapist’s


Psychiatrist meme

6/3/18: The canine therapist:

The canine therapist


Psychiatrist meme

6/4/18: Again with the nose job:

Again with the nose job


cartoony / cartoonish characters

6/11/18: In case of cartoons, see therapist:

In case of cartoons, see therapist


Psychiatrist meme (3 strips), Desert Island meme

6/23/18: Return to the Amherst Diner in Winchester VA:

Return to the Amherst Diner in Winchester VA


Walk Into Bar joke format

6/25/18: Midsummer cartoons:

Midsummer cartoons


#1 Psychiatrist meme

8/4/18: Cultural knowledge:

Cultural knowledge


translations of one world into another in 3 cartoons

8/8/18: The elephant in therapy:

The elephant in therapy


memes: Psychiatrist, Elephant in the Room, Elephant Memory

8/15/18: At the eggcorn’s edge:

At the eggcorn’s edge


characters speaking in spellings

9/22/18: therapist dog, dog therapist:

therapist dog, dog therapist


Psychiatrist meme

9/25/18: The dog therapist is IN:

The dog therapist is IN


Psychiatrist meme

9/27/18: Mike Lynch:

Mike Lynch


Supplicant with Sign meme

10/15/18: Piñata under the gun:

Piñata under the gun


metaphorical cartoons

10/21/18: Dark magic:

Dark magic


Zippy: convention that cartoon characters don’t age

10/21/18: The Tritoons gather by the river:

The Tritoons gather by the river


cartoon memes / tropes

12/20/18: Ask not for whom the Reaper scythes:

Ask not for whom the reaper scythes


2 Grim Reaper cartoons

2/5/19: Aquatic carpentry:

Aquatic carpentry


Bizarro with translation between worlds

2/11/19: Age cannot wther them:

Age cannot wither them


cartoon characters not aging

2/18/19: Three exercises in cartoon understanding:

Three exercises in cartoon understanding


meta-cartoon by Kenseth, several Desert Island cartoons

3/3/19: The MetaCat:

The MetaCat


meta-cartoon (frame-breaking) by Pasval Jousselin

3/30/19: How to use your balloons:

How to use your balloons


speech/word balloons, meta cartoons, self-reference

4/13/19: Meaty mammoths, cat vs. dog:

Meaty mammoths, cat vs. dog


cat vs. dog meme, caveman meme

5/16/19: Is Timmy in trouble?:

Is Timmy in trouble?


Timmy-Lassie meme (8 cartoons)

5/30/19: Wisely seasoned:

Wisely seasoned


Godzilla meme, Wise Man meme (5 cartoons)

6/10/19: The Mememobile:

The Mememobile


Mister Laffee truck, offering cartoon memes

6/13/19: A superheroic identity crisis:

A superheroic identity crisis


Superman meme, Psychiatrist meme

7/5/19: Death, first as tragedy, then as farce:

Death, first as tragedy, then as farce


Grim Reaper meme

7/12/19: The clown barber of Custard Street:

The clown barber of Custard Street


Clown meme

7/17/19: Avocado Chronicles: 6 on the beach:

Avocado Chronicles: 6 on the beach


Grim Reaper meme

9/3/19: Cavemen of high education:

Cavemen of higher education


Caveman meme, in two cartoons and an ad series

9/10/19: Him wear saurian monitor:

Him wear saurian monitor


Caveman meme in a Hilburn cartoon; parallel worlds in a cartoon

9/15/19: Segregation in the soapy comics:

Segregation in the soapy comics


meta cartoon, with self-reference; cartooniness

9/17/19: The amazing talking pirate:

The amazing talking pirate


PirateTalk and ParrotTalk; role reversals in the comics

9/18/19: The hurtful dog:

The hurtful dog


Explosm Hurtful Dog meme template

9/25/19: Present at the creation: the weaponization of sarcasm:

Present at the creation: the weaponization of sarcasm


Caveman meme in a Mick Stevens cartoon

10/11/19: The existential question:

The existential question


meta cartoons, with self-aware characters

10/27/19: The Potato Fried:

The Potato Fried


Potato Head meme in Wayno cartoon; juxtapositions of parallel worlds

10/31/19: Reaper days:

Reaper days


Grim Reaper meme in Will McPhail two cartoons

12/1/19: Three comic rabbits for December:

Three comic rabbits for December


Potato Head meme in Bizarro cartoon

12/26/19: The first two days of Christmas:

The first two days of Christmas


Psychiatrist meme in Bizarro cartoon

1/3/20: Back to the swamp:

Back to the swamp


Ascent of Man meme in Liana Finck cartoon (as descent)

1/3/20: The penguinocalypse:

The penguinocalypse


cartoon memes and viral cartoons; fearsomely toothed penguin meme, fire-breathing penguin meme

1/14/20: Revisiting 41: Mr. Peanut seeks professional help:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2020/01/14/revisiting-41-mr-peanut-seeks-professional-help/
Psychiatrist meme in Bizarro cartoon

1/31/20: Identify that meme

Identify that potato


Potato Head meme in Bizarro cartoon

2/1/20: Revisiting 42: stalked by a giant anthropomorphic squirrel:

Revisiting 42: stalked by a giant anthropomorphic squirrel


End is Near meme

2/3/20: The missing:

The missing


cartoon linking two worlds

2/7/20: The Dread Pirate Swisserhand:

The Dread Pirate Swisserhand


pirate theme, Pegleg Pirate meme

2/26/20: A priest, a rabbit, and a minister:

A priest, a rabbit, and a minister


texty cartoon that’s two kinds of meta

3/12/20: Higashi Day cartoon 1: grim Bliss surprise:

Higashi Day cartoon 1: grim Bliss surprise


Harry Bliss Grim Reaper cartoon

3/12/20: Higashi Day cartoon 2: the stigma of striphood:

Higashi Day cartoon 2: the stigma of striphood


seriously meta Doonesbury cartoon

3/14/20: Higashi Day cartoon 4: tending the stone:

Higashi Day cartoon 4: tending the stone


Sisyphus cartoons: 3 from JAK, links to 3 others

3/16/20: Corónsyphùs: Strength Through Biochemistry:

Corónsyphùs: Strength Through Biochemistry


Vadim Temkin Sisyphus composition

3/27/20: Chez Le Formulier II:

Chez Le Fourmilier II


translation between worlds

4/5/20: The Desert Island Psychiatrist:

The Desert Island Psychiatrist


Desert Island; Psychiatrist; Desert Crawl; self-reference

4/16/20: The Grim Mouser:

The Grim Mouser


Grim Reaper

4/18/20: Quick shot: no creme for Godzilla:

Quick shot: no creme for Godzilla


Godzilla

4/20/20: The therapist is in French:

The therapist is in French


Psychiatrist

5/30/20: Force Cor:

Force Cor


a Pearls Before Swine with meta-reference

6/5/20: Death trap:

Death trap


Grim Reaper

6/7/20: tribute time:

tribute time


meta-reference: the Doonesbury character Zipper Harris recognizes that he is in fact a character in a comic strip and comments on that

6/16/20: Pavlov’s novelist:

Pavlov’s novelist


the Pavlov cartoon meme, with a full list of examples on AZBlog

6/24/20: Annals of ambiguity: I feel like making it rough for Schrödinger:

Annals of ambiguity: I feel like making it rough for Schrödinger


possible Schrödinger cartoon meme

7/15/20: At the Paleo Cafe:

At the Paleo Cafe


Caveman; a Bizarro-specific Remarkable Restaurant meme; translations from one world into another

7/21/20: But is it art? two cartoon takes:

But is it art? Two cartoon takes


#1 Caveman

7/23.20: Fear of furniture:

Fear of furniture


Psychiatrist

8/9/20: Flies met cute:

Flies met cute


meta cartoons; translations from one world to another

9/9/20: Crossed folk stories:

Crossed folk stories


combinations of two themes; real world paired with folk-story world

9/9/20: Red Löbster Cult:

Red Löbster Cult


two worlds

9/19/20: Out of the water and back again:

Out of the water and back again


Ascent of Man meme; two worlds

10/20/20: Desert island discs:

Desert island discs


Desert Island meme

10/23/20: A New Yorker trio:

A New Yorker trio


Desert Island meme

10/30/20: Can I get you a vole or two?:

Can I get you a vole or two?


translation between worlds


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