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ENC 1101 - Prof. Geerling: Humorous Image Analysis


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Cats and the Internet

Ibsen, Steve. “The Kitty Cat Dance.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 4 Feb. 2007. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.


Unsettling Gift:Lifec Expectantcy Advent Calendar

Image from XKCD

Munroe, Randall. "Unsettling Gift: Life Expectancy Advent Calendar".,, Comic strip.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them).

MLA Handbook 8th Ed.

Cartoon/Comic in a Newspaper:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Cartoon or Comic." Title of Publication, Day Month Year of

       Publication, Page. Cartoon.

Example (no title):

Karasik, Paul. New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2008, p.49. Cartoon.

Cartoon/Comic from a Database:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Cartoon or Comic." Title of Publication,  Day Month Year,  page.

       Cartoon. Title of Database,  Day Month Year of Access.


Dias, Ronaldo. "Check in at the Airport." US Airport Security: Opposing Viewpoints, edited by

        Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott, Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in

        Context,  Accessed 4 Apr. 2018.

Cartoon/Comic from the Web:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Cartoon or Comic." Name of Website,  url.


Richter, Mischa. "Am I Talking to Myself?" New Yorker,




Humorous Image Analysis Essay


Assignment Description: Write an argumentative essay based on a humorous image. The argument should focus on the image and the message the image conveys. Evidence for your argument should come from the image. The analysis should come from you. An excellent essay will analyze the image in a way that conveys a deeper meaning than one gets from simply observing the image. As much as possible, you should incorporate how various Humor Theories help the image make its point.


Assignment Outcomes: The Image Analysis Essay should demonstrate your ability to make a logical argument that is well supported by evidence and correct use of MLA format and citation style.


Assignment Requirements:

  1. Write an argumentative essay on a humorous image. The image may include text but can’t rely only on text.

  2. Have an arguable thesis that is well supported by every paragraph of the essay.

  3. Have a conclusion that answers the questions, “So what?”

  4. The only required source is the image itself. If necessary for your argument, you may bring in other sources that give historical era, artist’s information, or other background material that provides context for the image. All sources must be from a credible, academic source like those found in the Broward College databases.

  5. Correctly cite and document sources according to MLA format, using both in-text citations and the works cited list.

  6. Essays must be 2-3 pages long.


Advice: 1. Choose an image that evokes a strong reaction in you. Look for an image that is rich, so you have plenty of material with which to work.

  1. Do attend all classes and library sessions. We’ll be working on sections of the essay in class, so you will get the most support and have the clearest idea of what to do if you’re always present.

  2. Get help early and often. You have the library resources, ASC, the writing lab, Pearson’s resources (on the left side of the MyLab page),, and me. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help, but even last minute help is better than no help at all. Use your resources!

  3. Look ahead. Don’t let the draft deadlines sneak up on you. Set reminders on your phone or whatever else you need to do to make sure you have a draft ready for each deadline. Each draft has equal weight in the final grade. Participating in the full process is the best way to improve your writing and get the grade you want.

  4. Attend to the details of MLA format and style carefully.



Purdue OWL

Purdue Online Writing Lab

MLA 8th Google

How do I cite an image found through an online search engine like Google Images?

To cite an image found through Google using the image-search function, you must identify the Web site—that is, the container—where the image was posted. For example, let’s say you found this image of The Muleteer by searching “Pompeii” and then “Bodies.”

Viewing the image thumbnail in the search-results list is not sufficient. You must click through to view the image on the site where it was posted:Decoded Past.

Since the artwork is contained in a blog post on a Web site, the works-cited-list entry would be composed of two containers:

Sheldon, Natasha. Photo of The Muleteer. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts,” by Sheldon, 23 Mar. 2014. Decoded Past,           

A second option would be to refer to the title of the image and its author in the body of your paper and then key your in-text citation to an entry for the blog post in the works-cited-list entry:

Sheldon, Natasha. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts.”Decoded Past, 23 Mar. 2014,

Published 4 January 2017