Cherry Saturday, May 5, 2018

Today is Cartoonists Day (also Free Comic Book Day).   I don’t know why some people think cartoons are for kids and refuse to recognize them as art.

Some of the best philosophy in the world is in those little boxes, not to mention insight and guidance on everyday problems..  Also, they’re often funny.

 

 

Also, science:

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, May 5, 2018

  1. Thank Goodness for syndication. So many good comic strips that informed how I saw the world. Far Side in particular.

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  2. Ha, that brings to mind many favorites, “Blah blah blah blah, Ginger!”

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    1. My mom gets really depressed reading the newspaper these days so I am trying to train her to read the comics first. I tell her it is like eating yogurt first before she eats something that usually upsets her stomach .

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  3. They are also wonderful for kids building fluency. The words are isolated on the page so they are easier to find and read, there is a joke payoff every four boxes so they have an incentive to stay with it, they teach a lot of vocabulary, they teach inference, they make reading fun. I know a lot of reluctant readers who became hooked when they started with comics.

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  4. I love Nicole Hollander. One year for Christmas my husband had her sign one of her original proofs for me “The dogs from hell open their condo to people who have decided not to vote in November”. His other choice was “Patty Murphy interviews the man who has deciphered the language of cats” but she could not locate it.

    She has just published a quasi-memoir, quasi-graphic art book out “We ate Wonder Bread” which I am going to have to get.

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  5. Oh, I miss Sylvia in my daily paper. And the loss of Calvin and Hobbes is still raw.

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    1. I love that one! I lost my bookmarks so maybe some of y’all will recommend more that I used to know. 🙂

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    1. I too love Frazz and discovered it only recently (in the Washington Pot) and on the Go Comic site. The Post also runs the delightful Cul de Sac, but seemingly only on their mobile app. Luckily it’s also on the G0 Comics site.

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  6. I signed up for gocomics premium years ago. It’s great! $20 a year lets me collect all the comics I want into one page and read them daily. I’m following about 3 dozen at the moment.

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    1. Bizarre is syndicated by King Features. You can subscribe (it costs) at Comics Kingdom. I read about 70 comics a day, from GoComics and Comics Kingdom subscriptions and individual web comics. I’m an addict.

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  7. My favourites are Alex, which is about a merchant banker working in the City of London. So true (although it helps if you’ve at least worked in a corporate job).

    My other favourite is First Dog On The Moon, who is a (largely) political cartoonist for the Guardian Australia – his aren’t the traditional single frame, but a proper strip. And occasionally he’ll do one on his pets, or something not so awful as modern politics.

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  8. Calvin and Hobbes is timeless. 😀

    Bouncing off Debbie’s comment on building fluency, comics are also great at practicing foreign language skills. I read so much slower in Spanish that it’s easy to get discouraged and give up on novels, but even wordy comics like The Adventures of Tin-Tin are easier to digest, not to mention they have the added benefit of context with the illustrations. 🙂

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    1. That’s how I learned what Japanese I know – reading manga. Also, you get more visual context to support the language.

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  9. So many get disparaging of ‘populist’ art forms. Like with anything, there’s a lot of crap in every single form. Including high art, and literature.

    I’m a long time fan of Archie comics (though haven’t read any for many a year) and absolutely adore Riverdale. I also absolutely adore Shakespeare and the highlight of my year a few back was seeing Twelfth Night on Broadway with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.

    I love Preacher, Sandman and Hellblazer. I love and studied art (and writing at uni). I love Stephen King and certain romance novels/authors. And I love Charles Stross, Pynchon, Didion, Tim Winton, Jeannette Winterson, etc.

    But as I said, there’s always a lot of crap in everything. And every single form of art can either be lowered or elevated by the one creating it.

    If you love something just love it. I’ve been asked ‘why don’t you write something proper, other than romance?’ My response is, ‘romance is important. And like anything when you find a treasure, it’s a golden moment. Also, I really like it and it’s what I chose to do.’

    And Calvin and Hobbes is wonderful.

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