(Image: Gertrude Stein by Pablo Picasso, 1906)
I just completed this week’s comics, another step in my quest to submit 100 comics about poetry to Poetry magazine in their 100th year. While I don’t know if either offering this week is strong enough to ward off rejections (which have been flooding in for recent submissions) I have for the second week in a row made specific reference to Poetry itself in the comics, so maybe they’ll dig that.
The comic in question depicts periodicals (covers and excerpts) that are theoretical spinoffs from the century-old sentinel of poetic power. In it I include Rimbaud as a teen idol, an erotic letter seemingly written by William Carlos Williams after getting lucky with a naughty cheerleader (kinda/sorta quoting “Queen-Anne’s Lace”), Ezra Pound shrugging off some of his less popular opinions, and an ironic (offensive?) reference to the 1973 feminist poetry landmark No More Masks (which positioned Gertrude Stein as a feminist icon, which is why I used her picture this week as the blog post header, as I’ve already used all the more prominently featured poets in prior posts). Verlaine, Bieber, the Timbertoes’ boychild, and Goofus all make cameos.
My second comic is about a grad student poet with high personal standards not living up to his spouse’s expectations.
Please note that no one entered the contest, so if anyone does, they will win, whenever they enter.
As far as my tallies, there is a pun as a minor side gag in the magazine comic, but I’ll count it (though if I was closer to my kill point I would let it slide). Also, I depict Pound and Rimbaud visually, thus eliminating Pound from future comics and making Rimbaud one appearance away from banishment. Though I reference Williams he is not depicted nor is he the main subject, so I am not in violation despite his maximum three (3) appearance threshold having been met. Because none of the poets I drew are new to this project there are no new poets depicted this week (I drew part of Justin Bieber’s head, and Goofus from Highlights magazine, but neither qualify as poets in my book [though in Anne Frank’s virtual guestbook maybe JB does qualify]). No poverty jokes and no specific Poetry publication was referenced.
My tally so far:
Comics: 56/100 (I will ultimately submit 100 comics)
Puns: 22/49 (the maximum number of overt pun punchlines is 49)
Poets: 38/50 (the comics will feature visual representations of at least 50 real or well-known fictional poets)
Poetry Poems: 14/15 (at least 15 comics will reference a work of poetry originally published in Poetry)
Poverty Jokes: 4/20 (a maximum of 20 comics can have a punchline about poets struggling financially)
Maxed Out or Near-Maxed Out Poets: Edgar Allan Poe [3/3], Ezra Pound [3/3], William Carlos Williams [3/3], T.S Elliot [2/3], Robert Frost [2/3], Langston Hughes [2/3], Arthur Rimbaud [2/3], William Shakespeare [2/3], Poet Smurf [2/3], (I will base a gag on a specific poet in a maximum of 3 comics)