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Check out: Examining Victorian styles of humor

I’ve enjoyed following historian Bob Nicholson on Twitter, @DigiVictorian.

He often posts examples of interesting things he finds in old newspapers, which as longtime readers know is also an interest of mine.

These two particular examples are even on similar themes to my own areas of fascination, that is, modernity and beards:

A full, bushy thread on beards begins here.

A bit ago, he went viral with his diatribe against inaccurate Victorian-era newspapers in film & television:

You can read the whole (constantly-being-added-to) thread beginning here.

He’s also working on a survey of Victorian jokes and humor in particular. In this article he describes the prevalence of Victorian puns and groaners:

It turns out the Victorians joked about much the same topics as we do: cutthroat lawyers, quack doctors, mothers-in-law, foreigners (particularly the French), celebrities, political news, romantic misadventures, family squabbles, fashion faux pas, cheeky children, and other amusing situations drawn from everyday life. For a historian like me, these gags offer valuable insights into the inner workings of Victorian society. Laughter, after all, is a powerful thing – as anybody who’s ever been the butt of a cruel joke can attest. […]

Entire books of puns were also published, including Puniana (1867) and More Puniana (1875), which contained hundreds of pages of exquisitely tortured wordplay. Consider this appropriately festive example:

If you were to kill a conversational goose, what vegetable would she allude to?
Ah-spare-a-goose! (asparagus)

Or this bizarre bit of wit:

When do we possess a vegetable time-piece?
When we get-a-potato-clock (get up at 8 o’clock).

Jokes and puns in particular he regulalry posts to the Twitter account @VictorianHumour.

And here are some other good threads to read!

It’s all good stuff, and he’s doing the Lord’s work out there.



Check out: 826LA’s Time Scouts book

My friends at the literacy nonprofit 826LA have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new book called Time Scouts!

Here is their video (starring Marc Evan Jackson, whom you may recognize from various of the teevee):

My other friend Beth illustrated the book & designed the merch, and her husband Stephen wrote it, which I guess is important too!

It is a handbook for time travelers.

You can get the book, and other Time Scouts stuff like merit badges too.

Check out: 826LA's Time Scouts book

You can back the Kickstarter for a copy of the book here, or read more about TIME SCOUTS here.

Check out: 826LA's Time Scouts book

 



ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

THIS WEEK, Friday March 29th–Sunday the 31st, I will be at WonderCon in Anaheim!

I’ll be at booth #1704, right near the entrance, with my buddy Sam Logan, who will be happy to draw your pet for you, or anything else.

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

As for me? I’ll draw you a Roll-a-Sketch!

Here are a few of the ones I drew in Seattle the other weekend (click any image for a closer look)…

X-MEN + DRAGON:

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

UNICORN + CONSTRUCTION + FRANKENSTEIN + CYCLOPS:

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

LION + KNIGHT + YODA + SITH LORD:

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

BAT + TERMINATOR + YODA + PEANUTS:

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

And of course, RACCOON + CONVICT + SUPERMAN + GRADUATE:

ECCC Roll-a-Sketches! + THIS WEEK: WonderCon!

If you’ll be at WonderCon, I’ll make one for you, too! What a deal!!

I’ll be offering Roll-a-Sketches online, too, later this year — probably in May or June. Probably!