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Cartoons are usually grouped as either strip comics or gag comics, depending on whether the narrative is told through a series of panels (including comic books and web comics) or as a single panel. Though usualy seen as a form of light entertainment, cartoons can sometimes carry a striking message, paralleling the short form of literature known as the maxim (click here for the maxims of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld). 

For an extended discussion of the evolution of comic strips, click here.

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Gary Larsen, The Far Side

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A brief, informative account of the history of the cartoon, with emphasis on British contributions, published by The Cartoon Museum (Click the image for the link to the essay)

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