Monday, February 13, 2006
Primeval Pulpatoon pt. 6
I made a little one-fold minicomic out of this and handed it out to the very first comics class I ever taught. And immediately felt like the biggest dork on the planet for using my own characters in a scholastic context.
Anyway, I find this quote more amusing than educational. I found this passage quoted elsewhere, and haven't read the source text. But I like the methodical tone, as though there could be a taxonomy of phylacteries. This led to one of my favorite comics assignments: a strip where the student needs to use 10 different phylacteries - four of them invented.
Interestingly, the "famous phone voice" isn't used much anymore. I suppose better sound quality is the culprit. One could still use it for cell phones, though. Or public address systems.
Actually, come to think of it, the broken-line "whisper voice" is also in decline. I think you still see it in newspaper strips, which are inherently more conservative on formal issues. But in comics, as far back in the Eighties, the small-letter-big-balloon attributed here to astonishment and shame began to do duty as a whisper as well.