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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Pigs Are Funny

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

In the realm of picture-making, certain rules have emerged over time and from accumulated experience. One of them is this: if you want to make an otherwise ordinary scene amusing, add a pig. Why? Because pigs are funny. Why? Nobody knows - they just are.
Compare the ad above by H Miller with the one yesterday by Ben Prins.

If the lady in the Prins ad had been trying to corral a pig instead of some loose chickens, you know you would have smiled the minute you set eyes on it.

Another rule of picture-making: The only thing funnier than just a pig in a scene is someone falling down in a pig sty. Why? You know why.

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