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No. 2598: Symbolic Thoughts

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Symbolic Thoughts

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=2598

Strip by: DanielBT

Garfield: Jon's head, toothpick?
Garfield: Bread + Ham } Teeth
Garfield: Stop sign, Thought bubble, Cheese?

The author writes:

Hacchi's Blissymbolics entry was a noble if failed attempt to introduce a universal symbol approach to conveying complex ideas through sketchy drawings that were immensely difficult to decipher. To counter that approach (and give a more potentially useful alternative), I've simplified Garfield's words to their pictorial equivalents.

This isn't exactly perfect, since the last balloon could be thought as, "Stop, think cheese?" The last panel's thought balloon was originally a light bulb, but that could've resulted in multiple interpretations, ranging from "Hold it, I've got an idea for cheese" or "Wait, light cheese".

In either case, it's certainly more understandable and legible than the messy Blissymbolics. (No insult intended.)

[Ed: Just to clarify, Blissymbols were invented by Charles K. Bliss, not Hacchi.]

[[Original strip: 2003-01-29.]]

Original strip: 2003-01-29.