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Cartoon – Ziggy ★★


Ziggy is a cartoon created in 1969 by Tom Wilson.

Ziggy is a small, bald, trouserless, barefoot, almost featureless character (save for his large nose) who seems to have no job, hobbies, or romantic partner, only a menagerie of pets: Fuzz, a small white dog; Sid, a cat afraid of mice; Josh, a discouraging parrot; Goldie, a fish; and Wack, a duck. The appeal of the cast is juxtaposed with the endless stream of misfortunes which befall Ziggy. The character is frequently depicted in surreal or arbitrary situations, though many jokes mine typical comic strip pop culture territory, such as computers and the perils of modern life.

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Comics – BP ★★

The oil spill at BP’s Deep Water Horizon, predicted to be the worst oil-related disaster ever, is already creating havoc for coastal communities and impacting the livelihoods of shrimp farmers and fishermen for months if not years to come. Here is a selection of editorial cartoons from American newspapers that try to inject a little levity into this very serious problem.

A play on the saying “The sun never sets on the British Empire”.

impacting:

1 影響, 効果;感化have [make] an impact upon …|…に影響を与える.

2 (物体と物体の)衝突;衝撃;突き当たる[ぶつかる]こと;衝撃力on impact|衝撃で.

livelihoods: 生計(の手段), 暮らし

earn [gain, get, make] a livelihood as a teacher [=by teaching]|教師をして生計を立てる write for a livelihood|物を書いて生活するearn an honest [a moderate] livelihood|正直にかせいで[まずまず]暮らしていく.

levity: 軽率, 軽はずみ, 移り気;軽率な行為.

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Easter Comics ★★

As you may or may not know, yesterday (Sunday) was Easter, a springtime festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

When I was a child, I eagerly awaited Easter Sunday as it meant the long-awaited end to the dreaded Lenten season. The forty-day long period of fasting and doing without was hell for a young boy. My father, a strict Catholic, forced us kids to do unimaginable things, such as keeping the TV turned off, giving up sweets, eating fish on Fridays and only rice on Wednesdays. After forty-days of abstinence, I felt as if I myself had come back from the dead on Easter morning.

Anyways, I tried to find some Easter-themed comic strips for you, but unfortunately couldn’t find many.

Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring the title character, a wisecracking cat. Heathcliff is similar to the comic strip Garfield, which it predated. Both title cats are orange with black stripes, and noted for their bad temper; a “Beware of Cat” sign has been applied to both. However, the major difference between them is in their lifestyle. While Garfield prefers to stay at home, eat and sleep all day, Heathcliff is street-smart and has a more active and mischievous lifestyle. In addition, Heathcliff is a silent character while Garfield expresses his words with thought bubbles.

Stone Soup, named for the stone soup fable, is an internationally syndicated American comic strip written and illustrated by Jan Eliot. The comic strip, set in Eugene, Oregon, began as a weekly in 1990. The Stone family features a family headed by single mother Val, an uncommon contrast with the ordinary nuclear family depicted in more traditional strips.

For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979, and ended the main story on August 30, 2008, with a postscript epilogue the following day. Starting on September 1, 2008, the strip began re-telling its original story by means of a combination of newly drawn strips and reruns. The strip is set in the fictitious Toronto-area suburban town of Milborough, Ontario; it chronicles the lives of a Canadian family, The Pattersons, and their friends. It is seen in over 2,000 newspapers[1] throughout Canada, the United States and about 20 other countries, and is translated into eight languages from its native English.


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Dick Dastardly ★★

Dick Dastardly is a popular cartoon character who appeared in various animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Dastardly’s most famous appearances are main character in the series Wacky Races and its spin-off Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. He is a caricature of the English actor Terry-Thomas. The character was voiced originally by Paul Winchell, and currently by Jim Cummings.

spin-off:

1〘商業〙スピンオフ:会社の一部門を分離独立させること

2(またspínòff)波及したもの;(予期せぬ)副産物, 派生企画, テレビ映画などの派生商品.

caricature:

1 カリカチュア, 風刺漫画, 戯画, 風刺文;U戯画化[法]

a bold [a harsh] caricature|大胆な[手きびしい]戯画

make a caricature of a politician|ある政治家を戯画化する


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Comics – Over the Hedge ★★

Over the Hedge is a comic strip written and drawn by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. It tells the story of a raccoon, a turtle and a squirrel who come to terms with their woodlands being taken over by suburbia, trying to survive the increasing flow of humanity and technology while, at the same time, becoming enticed by it.

Notes:

This comic strip has a lot of puns (だじゃれ, 地口) in it, different uses of the word “drive“. It’s not that funny, to be quite honest.

St. Patrick’s Day: 聖パトリックの祝日せいパトリックのしゅくじつ、英 St Patrick’s Day セントパトリックスデイ)は、アイルランドキリスト教を広めた聖人聖パトリック命日3月17日カトリックにおける祭日であり、アイルランド共和国の祝祭日

dye: 他動詞…に着色する;[V名 詞•形容詞]…を(…色に)染める;〈顔などを〉赤らめる

She dyed the dress green.|彼女は服を緑に染めた

Deep blushes dyed her cheeks.|彼女のほおはまっかになった.

drive the snakes from: 蛇を追う, 追い出す

[drive] ’em in a Buick: ビュイック(という車)で送る

drive someone bonkers: 人の気を狂わせる

drive an automatic: オートマチック車を運転する

drive a stick: マニュアル車を運転する

come to terms with: …に文句を言わない;慣れる;…を認める, 受け入れる;…をあきらめる.

suburbia: 郊外居住者の生活様式


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