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:


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)

The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.

-- H. P. Lovecraft ( Novelist)

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)

Then is when I decided to take it to Archie to see if they could do it as a comic book. I showed it to Richard Goldwater, and he showed it to his father, and a day or two later I got the OK to do it as a comic book.

-- Dan DeCarlo (American Cartoonist)

I love comic books and always did as a kid.

-- Rick Moody (American Novelist)

I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.

-- Ben Stiller (American Comedian)

You either ignore the comic book and make a great movie or you stay very close to the comic book.

-- Matthew Vaughn (American Producer)

The play is one of the very few pieces of great dramatic and comic writing that I have read in a long, long time. I was drawn to it because of the power of the writing, which gives me the actor a chance to explore many facets of myself.

-- Linda Lavin (American Actress)

I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic, Mike Danger.

-- Mickey Spillane (American Author)

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)

The comic page is dying; I didn't want to go with it.

-- Berke Breathed (American Cartoonist)

But you don't hire Ang Lee to do a typical children's movie. But it's such an interesting combination, whoever thought of getting Ang together with a comic book, that was just great.

-- Dennis Muren (American Artist)

The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.

-- Umberto Eco (Italian Novelist)

I like good stories above all else... and kickin' art really goes the final stretch to ensure a comic is good.

-- Robert Kirkman (American Writer)

Listen, people like Brian Bendis did great things for comic readers, great things for comic readers.

-- Avi Arad (Israeli Businessman)

It works in the comic book, but as the audiences have gotten older and more sophisticated, I think the stories need to grow up with them. This is a story about a couple of rival gangs and what goes wrong in a couple of days.

-- Todd McFarlane (Canadian Artist)

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)

I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.

-- Ian Mckellen (English Actor)

The other thing that I started doing for myself was, I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good.

-- Guillermo del Toro (Mexican Director)

We're comic. We're all comics. We live in a comic time. And the worse it gets the more comic we are.

-- William Gaddis (American Novelist)

And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry.

-- Lynn Johnston (American Cartoonist)

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)

I have the show because I'm insecure. It's my insecurity that makes me want to be a comic, that makes me need the audience.

-- Ray Romano (American Actor)

We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.

-- Robert M. Hutchins (American Educator)

We probably put about four or five comic books out a year and probably about two or three art books and various trade paperbacks - maybe four or five of those a year - and that's what we do now.

-- Glenn Danzig (American Musician)

I thought I had a great opportunity when I started doing my comic book in 1972. I thought there was so much territory to work in.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

Woody is the guy who made me want to be a comic. I was in heaven and couldn't stop smiling because he was my idle and 29 years after seeing Take the Money and Run, I was working for him.

-- Jon Lovitz (American Actor)

I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.

-- Harvey Pekar (American Writer)

Back then, I was doing more of my impression of what a comic is supposed to do.

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

Most films are rooted in a book or a comic strip, but I don't go out there saying I want to do adaptations.

-- Ralph Fiennes (British Actor)

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)

Comic books and The Chronicles of Narnia. My mother used to read those to me and my twin brother growing up.

-- Shawn Ashmore (Canadian Actor)

You can give some kind of spark of life to a comic that a photograph doesn't really have. A photograph, even if it's connecting with you, it seems very dead on the page sometimes.

-- Daniel Clowes (American Author)

You know, I think whatever a comic talks about onstage is all they talk about offstage.

-- Sarah Silverman (American Comedian)

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)


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