Monday, February 15, 2010
Eskimo snow words in the comics
I've become a big fan of Richard Thompson's "Cul de Sac" comic strip, which the Boston Globe has been running for more than a year -- a big enough fan that I recently bought the two book collections of the comics, to catch up on the ones I'd missed. To my delight, an early strip actually addresses the Eskimo-words-for-snow question -- and Mr. Otterloop has heard the tale debunked, though he's not allowed to say so.
This strip and several dozen more of those collected in "Cul de Sac: This Exit" come from the Washington Post Magazine, which published Thompson's work for several years before it was syndicated, according to the introduction by Bill Watterson. (At least some of these are watercolors, and the shadows in the strip above are not scan show-through, as I thought at first, but part of the picture.)
By coincidence, just as I was reading these last week, two other comic strips -- "Pooch Cafe" and "Frazz" -- both pointed out that dinosaurs and cavemen were not alive in the same era. So is this the future of education? For the news, tune in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and for science facts read the funnies -- two sources not under the influence of the Texas Board of Education.