Adventure Time is a smash hit cartoon aimed primarily at kids age six to eleven. It’s also a deeply serious work of moral philosophy, a rip-roaring comic masterpiece, and a meditation on gender politics and love in the modern world. It is rich with moments of tenderness and confusion, and real terror and grief even; moments sometimes more resonant and elementally powerful than you experience in a good novel, though much of Adventure Time’s emotional force is visually evoked—conveyed through a language of seeing and feeling rather than words.
The heroes of Adventure Time—a boy in a white helmet named Finn, and his shape-shifting mutant dog/adopted brother, Jake—spend their [...]
The caption above, selected from a pool of hundreds in the New Yorker's caption contest #378, and then voted to the top of the pile by New Yorker readers, is reasonably witty on the surface, insofar as Cadbury Creme Egg commercials are witty. But like the best satire, this caption works on two very different levels. Masquerading as complete and utter pablum—literally fodder for children—it hints at a violent end to Western Civilization as we know it.
It might be hard to understand why this caption won the contest if you only look at its surface features. The losing captions of this contest's three top choices—"I’m rebranding" and "He’s [...]
"While I really can only speak for myself–and, to an extent, for my friends Josh Cagan and Storm DiCostanzo, the other two initial developers of the meme–I would say (hopefully in a slightly more civil manner than a couple of the other commenters) that these cartoons weren't intended to be seen out of the context of the associated hashtag. So that you couldn't *not* know that they were Kanye West tweets–just like you couldn't not know they were New Yorker cartoons. And as such, they're not *intended* to be funny outside of that context/label, because the humor is entirely *based* in the context, and not in some innate "meaning" [...]
This summer, gay group GLAAD, which concerns itself with "gay representation" in the "media," announced that they were horribly offended by something! Again! "In a July 22 comic, The Denver Westword published a cartoon in its 'Kenny Be' series that used the anti-gay slur f*g. The comic depicts a series of camper archetypes, one of which illustrates a type of camper who spends exorbitant amounts of money on camping gear-a person the comic calls a 'Gear f*g.'" We have just been alerted that, last week, Kenny Be has responded-in great, hilarious detail.
A little bit more on the New York Observer's firing of the long-time cleaning lady: apparently the paper's owner, Donald Trump's maybe-soon-to-be son-in-law Jared Kushner, offered her the possibility of staying on-if she worked for half the pay! What a world. (Perhaps she was pulling down six figures? We suspect: no.) And also, who knew Dilbert was so totally on the money these days?