Comic conventions

Comic conventions
including cartoon memes

see also the “Obscenicon postings” Page

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


5/12/12: Gag cartoons:
cartoon memes: desert island, dog-in-a-bar, caveman

6/14/12: Death at play:
Grim Reaper cartoon meme

5/26/14: Two more on Memorial Day:
#2 Zippy on failure of cartoon characters to age

5/29/14: Threesies:
Bob Mankoff advice: things are funnier in threes

☛ 6/7/14: Assorted cartoons:
#3 Zippy: absurdly meta
#4 Pearls referring to Calvin and Hobbes

6/11/14: Book notice: Visual Language of Comics:
Neil Cohen’s The Visual Language of Comics

7/6/14: Cartooning at the diner:
Zippy: Zippy and Griffy on cartoon styles

11/8/14: Saturday trio:
#3: Bizarro: character makes reference to crosshatching on another character

1/30/15: 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:
Pearls Before Swine: meta-comic

7/26/15: Kongtoon:
Bizarro: King Kong cartoon meme

11/22/15: Self-awareness:
MGG: meta-comic; convention that characters’ physical features are just lines on paper

12/15/15: 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:
Zippy: hair in manga/anime

12/30/15: Five cartoons for the penultimate day:
Zippy: #3 on cartoon conventions

1/8/16: Two New Yorker cartoons:
#2 with conventions for identifying a caveman

1/12/16: 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:
conventions of gay manga

1/20/16: Five from Barsotti:
conventions for assigning gender to anthropomorphized inanimate objects

1/21/16: The Ascent of Bruce:
the Ascent of Man cartoon meme

1/21/16: Tim Lockley and Ods Bodkins:
the Batman cartoon meme

1/29/16: P.C. Vey:
the caveman cartoon meme; movement lines (agitrons)

2/13/16: Word play for the weekend:
#2: MGG with a play on balloons and speech balloons in the comics

3/1/16: CounterEvolution:
the Ascent of Man cartoon meme

3/12/16: Mayan comics and alliterative music:
visual conventions in the Mayan counterpart to modern comics

5/1/16: Between the desert and the couch:
two cartoon memes; self-referentiality

5/6/16: Peter Kuper:
the Ahab and the whale meme

5/22/16: A slow meme:
the slow snail meme

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

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

6/2/16: Cartoony days:
cartoony faces; awareness of cartoon characters that they are in fact cartoon characters

6/4/16: Geek compounds:
repurposed drawings

6/9/16: Tom Toro:
#4 the (indistinguishable) penguin meme

6/24/16: Bob Eckstein:
#3 the seeker and the seer meme

7/16/16: Zippy on a cross-comic run:
Zippy with references to six other cartoon characters

8/24/16: Cartoon characters’ self-awareness:
Bizarro with characters on strike

8/25/16: November 24th, 2014:
Evolution of Life meme combined with Traffic Stop meme

10/6/16: 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 his balloon animal

10/28/16: Halloween exposure:
background knowledge needed; torture as a cartoon theme

10/30/16: Toon animal time:
#1 Bizarro on the Ascent of Man meme

11/20/16: The mazel tov cocktail:
the cartoon bomb

1/21/17: Word balloons:
word/speech balloons/bubbles

3/16/17: Cavenips:
the caveman meme

3/30/17: Billy Zane:
superhero tights, no visible pupils

3/31/17: The Ahab-Moby affair:
the Ahab and the whale cartoon meme

4/10/17: A primate with a pipe:
the dressed-up primate meme (ape or monkey)

4/13/17: Three more Reapings:
Grim Reaper meme; Psychiatrist meme

4/15/17: A scent of man:
Ascent of Man meme; Caveman memes

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