What Fools These Mortals Be! A collection of 19th century humor cartoons


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Did I miss something? Bill Watterson is writing for BoingBoing now?


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The Bill Watterson by line caught my eye to!


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Watterson wrote the forward for the book being reviewed.

The bb story doesn't do a very good job of making this clear, that the text is taken from the book is only mentioned in a sidebar.


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Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.


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Text taken twice!

The Internet seems to reduce everything to niche markets of dubious profitability, and it remains to be seen if political cartoons will ever thrive again...

I confess, I find political cartoons generally very tedious. Tom the Dancing Bug and This Modern World I read, but mostly for the times when they aren't just a series of talking heads telling me something I already read in the news.


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I was going to link to "Kelly's" cartoons at The Onion, but weirdly they don't seem to be loading right now.


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Thanks to those who pointed out the layout bug, which has been fixed.


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[A] political cartoon could take up the entire cover or a two-page centerspread inside.

That explains why, when these same cartoons were reproduced in my history books, I had to read them with a magnifying glass. I always wondered about that. The degree of detail was always incredible. The internet may be a place of "dubious profitability" but at least cartoonists have a little more freedom of space than they do in contemporary newspapers.


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The underwater wedding has a very Dr. Seuss quality.


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What's Steve McQueen doing in that first picture?


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