March 28, 2005
the cartoon raspberry museum
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers the following as its 2nd defintion for the word RASPBERRY:
The raspberry, or razzberry, or Bronx Cheer is one of the all-time great sounds. But even though a baby can do it, no one can actually spell it.
Cartoonist have struggled with this since the dawn of time. I'm sure there's a cave painting somewhere of a cro-magnon guy sticking his tongue out, with some mangled word scrawled above it in a futile attempt to capture the moment.
The following is a collection of valiant and horrendous raspberry spellings in print...
"THE CARTOON RASPBERRY MUSEUM"
Very impressive attempts at tackling the spelling can be found in the forever brilliant Calvin & Hobbes. Mr. Watterson strives to capture the complexity and nuance of a properly executed raspberry.
One of my favorite cartooning displays of the raspberry sound is featured on the classic "Whoopee Cushion" art. The artist has completely given up on trying to spell it - opting instead for the borderline-insane "Poo."
All I know is, there's nothing better than that dog being blown out of frame.
In this early Peanuts drawing,
Years later Mr. Schulz appears to have avoided tangling with the dreaded raspberry, by going with "Blah!"
My wife says this isn't even an attempt at a raspberry, and shouldn't be included here. (No sex for her tonight!)
Then I found this one that splits the difference. He's saying "Bleah!" but that tongue is definitely waggling more than a "bleah" calls for. Official ruling: partial raspberry. (Partial sex tonight!)
Raspberry worlds collide in Calvin & Hobbes, where we find Calvin's uncle sitting ON a whoopee cushion.
Just as I suspected, it doesn't say "poo" at all. So while this panel may have the superior raspberry spelling, it does NOT have that funny-ass dog. Christ, I love that little guy.
A double-shot of Bill the Cat from Bloom County.
Sent in by Ben
Here is Kat's handsome boyfriend in his Whoopie Cushion costume. (Curiously not taken on Halloween, but last Sunday on their way to church.)
From the European comic "The Adventures of Asterix."
Sent in by Aditi.
Here is the cover of a "Kleines Arschloch" book by Walter Moers. Kleines Arschloch is a household name in Germany and other German speaking countries in Europe. "Kleines Arschloch" means "little asshole" in German.
This is also the first use of "Zs" in the Raspberry Museum.
From the strip "For Better or Worse."
Sent in by Sara.
CALLING ALL RASPBERRIES: If you guys come across any tries at spelling raspberries in existing cartoons, PLEASE EMAIL ME. Anyone submitting one that ends up in the museum will be rewarded with valuable goodies to be determined! (And thanks to good ol' John at Robot Johnny and Drawn! for helping me get the ball rolling!)
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