A Short History Of The Comic Strip In Popular Culture II

1. David Salle Spanner, 2009
2. Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2001
3. Neo Rauch Handel, 1999
4. Roy Lichtenstein Masterpiece, 1962
5. Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2010
6. Disney Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, 1925
7. Viktor & Rolf Fall/Winter 2008

The elliptic speech bubble. First it appears empty. A cipher (of white letters on white ground) for a post-idealistic, neo-realistic world. An empty void for empty words of empty individuals (David Salle and Neo Rauch). And, when this bubble is filled, we are confronted with words like 'I don't want the world to end.' (Comme des Garçons) or 'Look out world! I'm coming back!' (Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit) and finally 'No'/'Dream' (Viktor & Rolf). Subsequently, we are tempted to assume that - either way - speech bubbles are place holders for cries for help (and rescue). To be continued...

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