June 23, 2006

Everybody's going meta

"Beetle Bailey" isn't the only comic strip featuring meta-commentary on cursing characters these days. Here's a "Mother Goose & Grimm" strip that ran on May 6th:

And as usual, those playful postmodernists at Mad Magazine are way ahead of everyone: the April 1980 issue had a feature entitled "Comic Strip Cursing Symbols to Match a Given Situation." Required reading for that thesis on cartoon cussing.

Posted by Benjamin Zimmer at June 23, 2006 05:05 PM