Surreal Thursday: Impressive Nitrogen & Boom Bomb
For this Surreal Thursday (Post 975) , here are a couple of items I spotted on the web this week. I added some mat frames to emphasize the Mass Media context. Firs up, which I have called ‘Impressive Nitrogen’, reminds me of some exam & test answers I would on occasion come across in my past life as a teacher. The difference is the social media context/reference in the student’s response to the question. Things haven’t changed that much.
Meanwhile, the first sooper-hero, Popeye the Sailor, continues to live on in the funnies and the comic books. Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Created by Elzie Crisler Segar, Popeye’s popularity grew to the point of becoming the lead character and then then eventually becoming the title of the strip.
For more enlightenment see: Know Thy History: Thimble Theater
Newspapers are trying to adapt to the online world of digital print and the instantaneous reality of social media. In that difficult transition resides the syndicated comic strips and their beloved characters. Those of us of a certain age remember when daily strips were in B&W and the Weekend Funnies were all in colour. Mass Media technology and Media consumption has changed, but the basic principles of Mass media have not. All mass media have business interests and the creators & publishers of comic strips need to make money from their media content. One would hope that in this world of tablets, smart phones and e-books that there still is a place for Popeye and the other stars of The Funnies. To learn more about the impact of new Mass media technology on comic creators check out this informative blog post by El Santo: