Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Moby Dick in the daily cartoons. This is from a comic called Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller. Again, notice that the audience is already supposed to know about the animosity Ahab feels for the whale. Notice that the audience is supposed to know the name of that white whale, in order to make the mental connection. The only reference to this being the classic book, other than the name, Ahab, is the text box saying, "Mediating the Classics." However, I do not think the text box is needed.

Daily funnies constantly go at those references that we should all get. The broader audience, you know. And the audience can pretty much all get this without ever having to read the book.

(By the way, the comic was reprinted from http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2008/09/18, of which I have the original clipped out of the paper. Months ago, I emailed Mr. Miller about reprinting it here. He could not give specific permission, but told me to email someone else, who after months, never returned my emails. Mr. Miller retains all copyright and this blog is only to research popular culture connected to the novel Moby Dick. )

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