HIGH and DRY-I
RULES:- (i)Infinite Pounce
(ii) +5- Direct
He’s close, real close…
• 1) X is a three volume manga series written and illustrated by Motofumi
Kobayashi. It was originally published in Japan as Cat Shit One in 1998, but
was renamed for the US release to parody the title of the
film’_____________’ which also took place during the Vietnam War.
• The manga follows three American soldiers (who are
anthropomorphic animals) in the Vietnam War named Botasky, Perky and
Rats. All three are in the recon team called group in Vietnam. There are
sections of the manga which give brief truths behind the war, such as the
types of weapons used by different countries and the activities of the
forces in the war. At the end of volume one there is a chapter called Dog
Shit One- separate from the main story-showing human chahracters. Give
Friendship takes you far…
• 2) X and Y, two giant figures in the world of comics, were high school
friends. In 1936, it was Y who encouraged X to sell cartoons to the
new comic book Wow, What a magazine! X went on to create the
character shown, write one of the first graphic novels, help establish
the graphic novel as a form of literature, and have the most
prestigious award in the industry named after him. Y went on to
create one of the most enduring and popular characters ever. ID X
• X- Will Eisner
• Y- Bob Kane.
When the Gauls arrived…
• 3) According to a report by the Times Of India, the French author
Jean-Yves Ferri (who is currently writing a new Asterix and Obelix
story) wants to “set a new adventure in old time India” where he will
introduce a new character in the Asterix universe, named
_________, inspired by the most famous Indian. FITB.
The forerunner? Perhaps…
• 4) Excerpt from a letter By Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson to Jerry Siegel
dated May 13, 1936, “We need some more work from you. We are getting
out at least one new magazine in July and possibly two. The first one is
definitely in the works. It will contain longer stories and fewer. From you
and Shuster we need sixteen pages monthly. He is to be an amateur, called
in by the police to help unravel difficult cases. He should combine both
brains and brawn, be able to think quickly and reason cleverly and able as
well to slam bang his way out of a bar room brawl or mob attack. Take
every opportunity to show him in a torn shirt with swelling biceps and
powerful torso ala Flash Gordon. The pages are to run the same size as
New Comics but to contain eight panels a page instead of six."
• What resulted?
• Samuel Emerson ‘Slam’ Bradley.
Indian Myth anyone?
5) This is the ‘first’ Amar Chitra Katha that came out. However there is
something strange about its numbering. What and why?
• Issues #1- #10 were popular western fairy tales in Indian languages.
Those were the days…
• 6) Two of them were made, both directed by Barry Levinson, starring
X and Peter Warburton. The first was named “A Uniform used to
mean something” and the second was “Hindsight in 20/20”. What?
• The Seinfeld Superman shorts.
Song form the Wandering Jew…
• 7) X is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818 in London.
It is probably Shelley’s most famous short poem. The poem is
supposedly inspired by a colossal statue of Egyptian pharaoh
Ramesses II, so much so that its paraphrases the inscription on the
base of the statue : “ King of Kings am I, X. If anyone would know how
great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works.”
• X, also the name of a fictional character created by Alan Moore and
Dave Gibson for DC. X is ranked no. 29 on Wizard’s Top 200 Comic
Book Characters List and number 21 on IGN’s Top 100 Villains list.
Who is X?
A simple one…
• 8) ID the magazine from the cover
• 9) The Tintin adventure “The Shooting Star”, originally had an
American villain with a Jewish surname of “Blumenstein”. This proved
controversial, as the character exhibited exaggerated, stereotypically
Jewish characteristics. “Blumenstein” was changed to an American
with a less ethnically specific name_________________, in later
editions and subsequently to a South American of a fictional country-
Sao Rico. Herge later discovered that the new name given to the
character was also Jewish.
• Mr Bohlwinkel.
It’s the web-slinger…
• 10) What is so special about this comic strip? What do we see
happening for the first time in the strip below?
• This is the first time Spiderman addresses himself as “your friendly
neighbor-hood Spiderman”. Amazing Spiderman #4
Getting a little technical…
• 11) Yonkoma manga, a comic strip format, generally consists of gag comic strips.
Though the word Yonkoma comes from the Japanese, the style also exists outside
of Japan in other Asian countries as well as in the English- speaking market.
• Rakuten Kitazawa (who wrote under the name Yasuji Kitazawa) produced the first
Yonkoma in 1902. Traditionally, Yonkoma follows a structure known as
Kishotenketsu. This word is a compound formed from the following Japanese
• What is Yonkoma/ How is it more popularly known?
• The four-panelled comic strip
Spoofs all around…
• 12) What was originally published intending to parody these four
popular comics of the 1980s?
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)
Sketches inspired by famous album covers.
HIGH and DRY-II
RULES:- (i)Infinite Pounce
(ii) +5- Direct
1) ID this comic strip and its significance.
• The Yellow Kid. First strip (the above) to use speech bubbles.
A little vocabulary…
• 2) Plucked fishing line strung between two posts, magnetic film being
clinched tighter on a spindle, compressed air, shaving cream
spurts, the swish of old woven fly fishing line were used to reproduce
the distinctive word that first appeared in 1965. Which word?
The Final Frontier…
• 3) This comic strip’s fascination/connection with the space mission is
• X is the personal safety mascot of NASA space missions. Y and X
reached new heights on May 18, 1969 as they became the names of the
command module and lunar module, respectively, for Apollo 10. The
Apollo Moon Project prompted X to make his own lunar landing in March
1969 (four months prior to the actual landing).
• The character X is described as –“the happiest character, barely aware that
anyone else exists, except his little bird friend Z, who in turn is named after
a legendary event that happened around the time of the said moon
• Give X,Y and Z.
• X- Snoopy
• Y- Charlie Brown
• Z- Woodstock
Probably the best of the all…
• 4) Originally making an appearance in “Asterix and the Black Gold”, as
a Gaulish-Roman druid, who travels in a folding chariot full of secret
devices. Name the character and the real-life persona he was based
• Doubleosix and Sean Connery
An error we’ve come to accept…
• 5) The original error is attributed to Leo Novak, a studio artist who
illustrated for the Superman dailies during this period. One theory is
that Novak mistook him for the Ultra Humanite, a frequent foe of
Superman. Other evidence suggests his design was confused with
that of a stockier henchman in Superman #4. What am I talking
• Lex Luthor suddenly went bald, while before he had red hair.
• 6) What is so special about this issue of The Amazing Spiderman?
• First comic to be published without the approval of The Comics Code
• 7) In DC Comics’ 100 Bullets, a theory is put forward that the shooter
on the grassy knoll used the eponymous 100 bullets to kill X. While
no names are mentioned, there is a clear implication that the shooter
was Y. Y wanted to kill X in revenge for X ordering the murder of Y’s
ex-wife, because she wanted to go public about her love affair with X.
In the story, it appears that Y was not part of any conspiracy plans and
it was sheer chance that he chose that day and that place. ID X and Y.
• X- JFK
• Y- Joe DiMaggio
One of my favourites…
• 8) What has been blanked out? and id the occasion
• Sherlock Holmes. DC Comics 50th Anniversary.
• 9) Paul Francis Webster was an American lyricist who won three
Academy Awards for Best Song and was nominated sixteen times for
the award. Among lyricists, he is second only to Johnny Mercer, who
was nominated eighteen times, in number of nominations. In
addition, a large number of his songs became major hits on the
popular music charts.
• J.Robert “Bob” Harris was an American composer, credited with
writing the theme for Lolita in 1962.
• Why are they in this quiz?
• Creators of the Spiderman Theme song
• 10) X is a biography of Y’s father, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor.
It primarily alternates between descriptions of his life in Poland
before and during WWII and his later life in New York City. The graphic
novel depicts various races as animals, such as the Jews as Mice, the
Germans as Cats, the ethnic Poles as Pigs among several others
simply because Y felt that reality was not meant for comics. ID X and
• Y- Art Spiegelman
Feminism in comics…
• 11) ____________________ is a website that was created in 1999 by
a group of comic book fans. The term was coined by writer Gail
Simone as a name for the website in early 1999 during online
discussions about comic books with friends. It refers to an incident in
Green lantern #54 (1994), written by Ron Marz, in which Kyle Rayner,
the title hero, comes home to his apartment to find that his girlfriend,
Alex DeWitt, had been killed by the villain Major Force and stuffed in
a refrigerator. Give me the term and what the website features that
lends it such a name.
• Women in Refrigerators. The website features a list of female comic
book characters that have been injured, killed or depowered as a plot
device within various comic book superheroes
• 12) It is thought that the ____________ took their name from
Colonial Militia who set up a group of select men who would rapidly
respond to any threat quickly. The ___________ were formed in 1939
by Nelson Gardner,an ex-marine who wanted to put his skills as a
soldier to good use. The group consisted of eight members, the rest
being a dancer who wanted to seek out fortune, an openly lesbian
Austrian jew, a Connecticut-born self made millionaire, a God-fearing
ex college athlete, an ex-policeman, a self trained, violent and brutal
vigilante and a German circus strongman whose real life persona was
never revealed. FITB.
• The Minutemen.
Richard Stallman being
attacked/accompanied by ninjas before
speaking at the Yale Political Union.
Youtube came up with
Audio Preview that plays
back the comment aloud.
Cory Doctorow wears a red cape,
goggles and a balloon as he receives
the 2007 EFF Pioneer Award.
The easter egg built into Python to give
you the Zen of Python.
POGO/ quoted in order to prevent
/b/ from trolling the forums.
Sneaking a chessboard
onto a rollercoaster.
Real life events inspired by xkcd comic strips.