Monday, October 02, 2006

Talking dogs

Another all-animal edition of the Silent Penultimate Panel Watch.

Barkeater Lake by Corey Pandolph
Mutts by Patrick McDonnell
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

At what point did cartoon dogs stop communicating in thought bubbles and switch to direct speech?

I mean in mixed human-animal company, of course. When by themselves dogs have always talked out loud, and but it seems to be a relatively recent trend where sassy dogs and cats talk back to their owners in standard word balloons. I guess its called the Darby-effect.


Blogger Charles Brubaker said...

Another example is Grimm in "Mother Goose & Grimm". Actually, in early years, Grimm only spoke in "thought bubbles", but for some reason, in more current strips, he's directly talking now.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's evolution, my friend. It seems the comics page is subtly bucking the anti-evolution crowd by switching from though balloons to direct speech.

Pretty soon, all the dogs on the comics page will acquire opposable thumbs. Just wait and see.

5:01 AM  

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