Stick Figure Iconography: Benedick

Let's end this latest round of Shakespearean Stick Figure Iconography with a look at one of Shakespeare's most lovable rogues: Benedick!

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Really, all you need to signify a Benedick is to show someone peeking out from behind an inadequate shrub with a incredulous look on their face. 

I'm taking next week off to catch up on stuff, so see you back here on *checks calendar* August 21!

Stick Figure Iconography: Viola

Another one of Shakespeare's heroines is the subject of today's iconography:

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It's really difficult to pinpoint an "iconic" Viola look. If you just look at a photo of a Viola, you don't really KNOW it's Viola unless you see her face to face with her supposedly identical twin brother. So, in some ways Sebastian is, perversely, the most important piece of Viola iconography.

Stick Figure Iconography: Othello

Today we take a look at the iconography of Othello, which, frankly, is kind of easy because, let's face it, he is one of only two Shakespearean characters who are explicitly not white. 

I think we can all agree that the time of Othellos depicted by white men in blackface has well and truly past.

What we can't agree on, though, is the color of the handkerchief. It's traditionally depicted as white (with all the symbolism that entails) but a relatively recent article argues that it should be black (with all the symbolism that entails), as it is mentioned in the text as being "dyed with mummy".

Stick Figure Iconography: King Lear

It's everyone's favorite mad monarch in today's installment of Shakespearen Stick Figure Iconographies! 

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Lear only wears his flower crown for one scene, but it's a doozy of a scene and the image of Lear with his flower crown, cradling the blinded Gloucester, is pretty much THE image from King Lear, rivaled only by Lear yelling at the storm. 

Stick Figure Iconography: Falstaff

Time for some more installments of Shakespeare Stick Figure Iconography! Today we look at one of the most iconic Shakespearean characters of all time: Falstaff.

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I've seen white Falstaffs. I've seen black Falstaffs. I've heard of and seen documentation of female Falstaffs. I saw Falstaff played by an undergrad who wasn't old enough to legally drink. 

I've never seen a thin Falstaff.

Shakespeare World Cup 2018: The Final

IT'S OVER. 25 gamedays and 64 matches later, and we have a winner! 

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Yes, in the end it was a comfortable victory for Timon, who overcame his play's narrative of abject failure and mismanagement to put in a calm, composed, and professional performance throughout the tournament. Here's a recap of the Triumph of Timon:

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And so here's something I never thought I would say.... CONGRATULATIONS TIMON!

(We return to you your regular, non-sports-related Shakespeare comics on Thursday....)