History ComicStrip / ZippyThePinhead

10th Dec '15 7:18:47 AM StFan
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It might be the strangest comic strip ''ever'' published in newspapers, and that's saying a lot for a medium that gave birth to ''KrazyKat'', ''TheFarSide'' (and its various copycats), and more recently, ''{{Lio}}''. Its drawing style, realistic and intricate and yet otherworldly, would not have been out of place in the early days of NewspaperComics. The writing itself is a string of non sequiturs and dreamlike scenarios, with no real punchlines in the traditional sense.
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It might be the strangest comic strip ''ever'' published in newspapers, and that's saying a lot for a medium that gave birth to ''KrazyKat'', ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'', ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' (and its various copycats), and more recently, ''{{Lio}}''.''ComicStrip/{{Lio}}''. Its drawing style, realistic and intricate and yet otherworldly, would not have been out of place in the early days of NewspaperComics. The writing itself is a string of non sequiturs and dreamlike scenarios, with no real punchlines in the traditional sense. sense.

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28th Jun '15 5:21:41 PM TrustBen
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* AnimatedActors: A 2015 story arc reveals that Zippy has been played all these years by an actor. The actor quits from exhaustion at spouting [[TalkativeLoon all that surreal nonsense]] and Griffy auditions a number of replacements.
12th Dec '14 7:45:58 PM jkazoo
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ding-Dongs and Taco Sauce
3rd Aug '14 2:16:28 PM JohnnyLurg
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* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Zippy wears a bow on his head, but his wife Zerbina's bow is outrageously bigger.

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* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Zippy wears a bow on his head, but his wife Zerbina's bow is outrageously bigger.
1st Nov '13 3:27:53 PM diplomacy
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wick cleanup of exactly what it says on the tin
** One particular statue, the muffler-holding [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Muffler Man]], was a major recurring character.
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** One particular statue, the muffler-holding [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[MeaningfulName Muffler Man]], was a major recurring character.
11th Sep '13 6:01:15 PM JIKTV
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* {{Gonk}}: The San Francisco Doggie Diner; Zippy himself (partly inspired by a microcephalic character from ''{{Freaks}}'').
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* {{Gonk}}: The San Francisco Doggie Diner; Zippy himself (partly inspired by a microcephalic character from ''{{Freaks}}'').''Film/{{Freaks}}'').
9th Sep '13 10:29:26 AM VPhantom
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* ShoutOut: To ''GarfieldMinusGarfield'', [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2010/images/050810.gif here]].
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* ShoutOut: To ''GarfieldMinusGarfield'', ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'', [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2010/images/050810.gif here]].
9th Jan '13 6:23:53 PM JeffWeskamp
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* AuthorAppeal - diners and roadside memorabilia. * AuthorAvatar - Griffy, a very nervous and self-deprecating example.
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* AuthorAppeal - diners AuthorAppeal: Diners and roadside memorabilia. * AuthorAvatar - AuthorAvatar: Griffy, a very nervous and self-deprecating example.

* {{Cloudcuckooland}} - Dingburg, the strip's setting. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Zippy, of course. * CompanionCube: Zippy talks to the above roadside memorabilia. It talks back to him.
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* {{Cloudcuckooland}} - {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Dingburg, the strip's setting. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zippy, of course. * CompanionCube: Zippy talks to the above roadside memorabilia. It talks They talk back to him.

* EenieMeenieMinyMoai - Zippy has conversations with numerous odd statues. Some of which look like him. * EvilTwin - Zippy's cynical, business-suited doppelganger, [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=21-Apr-97&Category_Code=a1997&Product_Count=17 Lippy]].
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* EenieMeenieMinyMoai - EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Zippy has conversations with numerous odd statues. Some of which look like him. * EvilTwin - EvilTwin: Zippy's cynical, business-suited doppelganger, [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=21-Apr-97&Category_Code=a1997&Product_Count=17 Lippy]].

* GreasySpoon - an increasing number of strips have occured in diners. Griffith even sponsored a few color Sunday strips devoted to saving various diners and roadside ornaments from demolition. * LimitedWardrobe - Zippy and the other Dingburgers all wear the same style of muu-muu.
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* GreasySpoon - an GreasySpoon: An increasing number of strips have occured in diners. Griffith even sponsored a few color Sunday strips devoted to saving various diners and roadside ornaments from demolition. * LimitedWardrobe - LimitedWardrobe: Zippy and the other Dingburgers all wear the same style of muu-muu.

* RecursiveCanon - The Dingburg strips are revealed to be the fictional creation of the in-universe Griffy, as a result of his obsession with Zippy and the other pinheads. God has referred to it as real, but he has been explicitly stated as being an idea. Mr. The Toad has also managed to worm his way into Griffy's work, and thus into Dingburg. * ShoutOut - to ''GarfieldMinusGarfield'', [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2010/images/050810.gif here]].
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* RecursiveCanon - RecursiveCanon: The Dingburg strips are revealed to be the fictional creation of the in-universe Griffy, as a result of his obsession with Zippy and the other pinheads. God has referred to it as real, but he has been explicitly stated as being an idea. Mr. The Toad has also managed to worm his way into Griffy's work, and thus into Dingburg. * ShoutOut - to ShoutOut: To ''GarfieldMinusGarfield'', [[http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2010/images/050810.gif here]].
9th Aug '12 1:05:44 PM Osmium
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Example needs more context, moved to discussion.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall
9th Aug '12 1:03:43 PM Osmium
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Example needs more context, moved to discussion.
* PaintingTheFourthWall
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