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What The Duck is a comic created by Aaron Johnson. It is a daily comic strip printed in many syndicated newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

The character most often in the spotlight is a white duck who makes his living as a professional photographer. Other characters include differently-coloured duck photographers, each with a different backstory and personality, as well as human clients whose faces are never shown.


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  • Alas, Poor Yorick: "WTD 1635" uses this classic stock pose and Shoutout To Shakespeare from Hamlet. One panel has a duck actor dressed up in aShakespearean costume, holding a duck skull, quoting the famous "to be or not to be". The second panel makes a comparison with a duck photographer stading in the same pose, holding two versions of one photo, asking "black & white or color". That is indeed the question.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: While a duck attempts to find the right camera setting, it goes from "Moving Water mode" to "Pregnant Woman mode", and finally "Pregnant Woman In Moving Water mode".
  • The Faceless: Various human clients' faces are never shown. Usually their faces are hidden with speech bubbles or only their legs are shown in the frame.
  • Russian Reversal: "WTD 1646" makes use of the transpositional pun. The professional photographer explains it all: "I didn't choose photography". — "Photography chose me." ("After getting rich said #@€% you.")
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  • Symbol Swearing: "WTD 1646" uses random symbols instead of a swear word. "After getting rich said #@€% you."
  • Your Head Asplode: In "WTD 1637", the photographer's head turns red with anger and then explodes because their friend keeps pestering them that they "should take a pic of that" again and again and again.

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