When the boat containing the verbally incontinent group (the forest of speech balloons
has prevented our noticing that they're on a boat) hits an iceberg and sinks, "the silence that followed lasted an eternity.
Just like the sort of speech balloons
you might expect to find in an old comic book such as Batman, children in a part of Birmingham are enjoying their very own action-packed adventures.
Always the unsatisfied artist, he experimented constantly with such elements as the size of the speech balloons
over characters and the look of the various people, places, and things that he drew.
So here it is: everything from Genesis to Revelation crammed into 200 pages of highly stylized, action-packed paneled layouts, interspersed with speech balloons
filled with a super-fast, hip, "young" lingo.
The oldest material includes engraving work by Paul Revere and prints (most British) featuring caricatures and speech balloons
that would inspire the look of cartoons as we know them today.
To add some comic touches, tiny cartoon figures, often with speech balloons
, are added and the young narrator's own comments also are included in the margins.
Bush in a Box is a cardboard cutout of President 43 with a set of adhesive speech balloons
featuring the usual Bushisms: "Is our children learning?
are used to give a flavour of what's gong on but their actual dialogue sounds like robot claptrap, which is exactly what it is.
The late Joe Brainard and Creeley produced Class o f '47, an ironic class yearbook for which Brainard drew cartoons and Creeley wrote speech balloons
This anonymity is coupled with speech balloons
containing texts longer than the usual and are, more often than not, bordering on panic and neuroticism.
Brilliant graphic images of masked luchadores alternate with bilingual large speech balloons
, as the reader is completely drawn into the bedcover world of Lucha Libre, home base of the Great and Mighty Nikko.
The central and highly entertaining narrative in which von Wulffen encounters her painterly forebears is unspooled in the 2013 video that gave the exhibition its title: In pale and appropriately awkward drawings with speech balloons
and the occasional eraser trace, von Wulffen concocts a caustically funny satire on her own day-to-day life as an artist, replete with embarrassing slipups, weird obsessions, and the machinations of a perfidious art scene.