It's been said before that puns are the lowest form of humor, but Timothy Leo Taranto's 'Literary Puns' series is doing its part to upend that long-held belief.
'Literary Puns' is a series of drawings that features some of the lit world's most iconic figures illustrated into a different animal, using a pun to reshape their face and body. Mark Twain becomes the delicious and cream-filled Mark Twain-ake; Poet Sylvia Plath becomes the duck-billed Plathypus; Moby Dick writer Herman Melville becomes Merman Melville. The result of the transformation is comedic, distinctive and endlessly fascinating.
The main strength of the 'Literary Puns' series is that it takes something traditionally viewed as high-brow and serious and combines it with something many view as low-brow to create a middle-brow utopia of art and literature.
If you're a fan of novels, art, or the cross-pollination of high and low culture, 'Literary Puns' is a must-see.
Timothy Leo Taranto Uses Novelists for Artistic Humor in Literary Puns
1. Literary Illustrations - Innovative illustrations featuring literary figures fused with animals and puns can disrupt traditional art and illustration.
2. Popular Culture Mash-up - Merging high-brow and low-brow cultural elements can create disruptive innovation opportunities in the entertainment industry.
3. Humorous Product Development - The utilization of humor in the development of unique products can create disruptive opportunities within the gifts and novelties industry.
1. Art and Illustration - Incorporating literary figures into illustrations with animal and pun elements can disrupt the traditional art and illustration industry.
2. Entertainment - Creating a mash-up of high-brow and low-brow cultural elements can disrupt the traditional entertainment industry and create new forms of content consumption.
3. Gifts and Novelties - Developing novel products that utilize humor can create innovative opportunities within the gifts and novelties industry.