Word Play (Or, Playing with Words)

Posted by on November 10th, 2010 at 8:55 AM

If a perfect blend of word and picture makes a good representative of the essence of “cartoon,” that doesn’t mean we can’t derive enjoyment from just the verbal dexterity of the cartoonist. Here are a couple fresh instances.

Flaky to crusty, a perfect play on words for Brian Crane’s Pickles. Not only do the words progress logically from one to the other, they both describe ol’ Earl, the ostensible protagonist of the strip.

And in Jef Mallett’s Frazz, we don’t have word play as much as we have a kind of logical gymnastic. A delight.

The same sort of high-handed verbiage distinguishes Keith Knight’s joke in this installment of The Knight Life.

He arrives at the final pun by way of leapfrogging meanings. Nicely done.

But Mark Tatulli’s Heart of the City is here because I love Heart’s put-down of Brent: “You could suck the fun out of a room full of whoopee cushions.” Gotta remember that one.

In our next visual aid, Tom Batiuk utters a truth in the last panel of Funky Winkerbean.

A truth that it’s almost painful to admit to.

But Tony Carrillo’s F-Minus is here because I don’t get it. Hammocks? So what? Probably the poor soul up to his crotch in clouds is a depiction of some familiar advertising figure. But since I haven’t seen it, I don’t get it. Sigh.

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