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Keeping it “real”

Herb & Jamaal, 7/15/04

I’m almost certainly not the person to turn to for cultural authenticity, but do you ever get the feeling that some African-American-themed comic strips are actually written by 75-year-old white guys?

This strip really caught my eye in this regard. There’s really no better way to casually deploy a hip slang word that all the kids are using than by putting quote marks around it.

Herb & Jamaal certainly isn’t the worst offender in this category, though. I think every instance of the word rap in Curtis is surrounded by quote marks and followed by the word junk.

6 responses to “Keeping it “real””

  1. McDermott
    January 27th, 2005 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    Say, is this cop with the huge eyebrows (I hope that’s what they are) a lift of “Crunchy,” the old white cop in “Jump Start?”

  2. Mary Brandt
    July 13th, 2005 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    The eyes are just black. Black as the darkest pits within the heart of Satan. Blacker than the charred depths of a firebomb’s remains.

    …And he’s a cabbie.

  3. uncle lumpy
    July 12th, 2006 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    Oh, if only there were some convenient way to mock the inappropriate use of quotation marks in comics! A symbol of some kind, perhaps . . . .

    Maybe someday.

  4. Jives
    July 13th, 2006 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    Lumpy is right. We need a strong female icon to viciously airquote her way into our hearts.

    She should probably wear maroon.

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    August 16th, 2013 at 10:16 am [Reply]

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