Definitions for: Comic


[n] a magazine devoted to comic strips
[n] a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comic acts
[adj] arousing or provoking laughter; "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics"
[adj] (drama) of or relating to or characteristic of comedy; "comic hero"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com"ic, a. [L. comicus pertaining to comedy, Gr. ?: cf.
F. comique. See Comedy.]
1. Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.

I can not for the stage a drama lay, Tragic or
comic, but thou writ'st the play. --B. Jonson.

2. Causing mirth; ludicrous. ``Comic shows.'' --Shak.


Com"ic, n.
A comedian. [Obs.] --Steele.

Synonyms: amusing, comedian, comic book, comical, funny, humorous, humourous, laughable, mirthful, risible

See Also: Alfred Hawthorne, Arthur Marx, Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel, Benny Hill, Bob Hope, buffoon, Burns, Buster Keaton, Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin, Chico, clown, comedienne, Dudley Moore, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Durante, Fields, gagman, George Burns, Groucho, Hardy, Harpo, Harry Lauder, Herbert Marx, Hill, Hope, Jimmy Durante, joker, jokester, Joseph Francis Keaton, Julius Marx, Keaton, Lauder, Laurel, Leonard Marx, Leslie Townes Hope, mag, magazine, Martin, Marx, merry andrew, Moore, Nathan Birnbaum, Oliver Hardy, performer, performing artist, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder, Stan Laurel, standup comedian, Steve Martin, top banana, W. C. Fields, William Claude Dukenfield, Zeppo

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Famous Quotes Containing Comic:


For English assignments I was constantly coming up with these strange adventure stories... But I actually wanted to be an artist, or maybe work in the comic book industry.

-- Paul Kane (English Writer)

I like the idea of making big budget films with a heart. I like graphic novels more than comic books.

-- Matthew Vaughn (American Producer)

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.

-- Dean Koontz (American Author)

I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic.

-- Alan Rickman (British Actor)

If I'm not mistaken, I think Data was the comic relief on the show.

-- Brent Spiner (American Actor)

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comic books are very literate - unlike most films.

-- Alan Moore (British Writer)

I would love to do something like Austin Powers to show off my comic timing.

-- Uma Thurman (American Actress)

My work looks like a comic book in form, but it's not a typical comic book in content. I write autobiographical stuff.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

Wouldn't want to write the X-Men, and I suppose the X-Men is the ultimate Marvel comic, and I really wouldn't want to go anywhere near it at all, although on the other had I wouldn't mind having a crack at something like the Punisher.

-- Garth Ennis (Irish Writer)

No, I'm not a comic book guy. I'm pretty fascinated with the subculture though and I do think that the world of comic books is such a natural transition into film.

-- Donal Logue (Canadian Actor)

I've grown tremendously as an actor by being there. It is comic writing the likes of which I don't know that I'll ever see again and it's been a great, great experience.

-- Matt LeBlanc (American Actor)

I want to point out to adults that there is a world of good material available to you now in comic form - in this medium - and learn to give it your support because the more you support it, the better the material will be as it comes out.

-- Will Eisner (American Cartoonist)

Whether I'm doing music or I'm walking down the street or I'm in a record store buying a record or I walk into a comic store and I'm buying comics or having a drink with my friends, it's the same me.

-- Glenn Danzig (American Musician)

I think the thinking is, in the comic books, I should pack as much onto a page as possible, because, you know, it's kind of the cheaper format, and you want to give readers as much as you can for their dollar.

-- Chester Brown (Canadian Cartoonist)

I'm sort of the comic relief after a hard day at work. My message is that it's OK to relax.

-- Larry King (American Entertainer)

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.

-- Nora Ephron (American Author)

Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.

-- Henry Ossawa Tanner (American Artist)

NBC anchor Brian Williams is a standup comic in disguise.

-- Leonard Maltin (American Critic)

Well, I'm always working on my comic strip and trying to, you know, keep cranking that out.

-- Alison Bechdel (American Cartoonist)

When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.

-- Elvis Presley (American Musician)

The people that are running the bulk of the comic shops in North America aren't business people and they don't understand sales. They don't understand good product.

-- Rob Walton (Canadian Athlete)

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, 'That's what a child would do.'

-- Gene Wilder (American Actor)

On the whole, and this comment can get me in a lot of trouble, I find that retailers in the comic book business are not business people. They're fans who've gotten themselves shops.

-- Rob Walton (Canadian Athlete)

Movies and television shows based on comic books constitute the worst single genre in the history of filmed entertainment (with the exception of porn).

-- John Podhoretz (American Writer)

Cheating on a quiz show? That's sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip.

-- Paul Scofield (British Actor)

Before I was known, I would go on stage and pretend I was other people. Once I pretended I was mentally handicapped. It was really wrong. One time I was a bad magician. And one time I pretended I was a Christian comic.

-- Andy Dick (American Actor)

He sort of gets comic moments. Not a lot of directors do.

-- Kevin McDonald (Canadian Comedian)

It was 1978 when Superman came out, and I kept thinking, Why don't they do something about it? They've done all these crappy attempts at comic book film adaptations. What can we do different? Why don't we just re-release this thing?

-- Richard Donner (American Director)

I did not want to put myself on the line, as an Australian playing Britain's greatest comic actor. The fans of Sellers are obsessive, possessive - and aggressive. I did not want to risk their anger - or my own reputation.

-- Geoffrey Rush (Australian Actor)

For a long time I wanted to be a comic strip artist but when I started doing them in my teens they were getting really elaborate with tons of poses and a lot of information.

-- Craig McCracken (American Artist)

At this very moment I'm behind on a compilation that Slave Labor is doing for Free Comic Book Day.

-- Jhonen Vasquez (American Cartoonist)

I think the people who would be the least interested in my work would be people who read lots of comic books.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

I'm a huge Groucho fan. There were some great comic minds that would transfer into any generation, and Groucho is certainly one of them.

-- Joe Rogan (American Comedian)

I'm not a comic. I'm a humorist.

-- Dick Gregory (American Comedian)


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