How To Read Nancy

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  1. Joe Riley

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    "Few gag-a-day strips from the golden age of newspaper comics are as beloved by aficionados while remaining so obscure to the general public as Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller".


    "The strip, about a rambunctious little girl, her buxom aunt, and her tough-talking best friend, was a study in comedy’s bare essentials, using a handful of panels to tell exquisitely crafted jokes, many of which played with the format of the comic strip itself. It began in 1938, as a spinoff of an earlier strip, Fritzi Ritz, about Nancy’s aunt who gradually became a supporting character in her own strip. And it was so ambitiously simple that it inspired a famous work of comics criticism, the 1988 essay (and later book) “How to Read Nancy.”
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    While reading @Bobby Cole 's "I Want Custard" thread, I was reminded of a Nancy & Sluggo cartoon that my brother and I liked years ago.

    It was a three paneled cartoon in the comic section, beginning with sluggo wearing a pie on his face. In the next panel, Nancy was singing "I've thrown a custard to his face"! Finally, Suggo, in the last panel was singing (through the pie")..."I like breathing out, and breathing in"! I looked for it, but couldn't find it.

     
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    Nancy was not my favorite comic strip, probably because that is my real name, and as a kid I took it personal. :p

    But this one I can relate to, because I used to count my allowance money. I never got an opportunity to spend it, and could never think of anything I wanted, so that was all it was good for. I didn't like it when they put it in a savings account either.

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    The real Nancy?

    "Through the diligent efforts of cartoonist Mark Newgarden the real Nancy was found. Nestled in the wilderness of Wappinger's Falls, New York."

    Nancy Carbonara

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    In 1997 "...she granted LCD (radio program) a brief interview on one condition: her age or birthdate not be revealed."

    LCD: How did you meet Ernie Bushmiller?
    NANCY: He had an interest in my older sister. He was soft on her. She was quite attractive but not interested in him. She thought he was silly.

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    Yay, Sunday color comics!!
     
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    Thanks for that interesting interview, Nancy.
    since Bushmiller was influenced by Lewis Carroll's drawings (based on a real Alice) I think he meant that Nancy was hie "Alice" (from Wonderland), not the waitress.

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    When my daughter (now 48) was a little girl, she fell in love with the character in the Archie comics named "Jughead".

    We found a comic book dedicated to Jughead and gave it to her as a present.

    She loved it!

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    Nancy meets Lucy

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