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Contents: Cartoons exploit three key processes, i.e. condensation, combination and domestication. Like
metaphors they compress a complex phenomenon into a single image that is purported to capture its essence graphically. The
interplay of these three meaning constituting elements results in invectives against an opponent. The invectives in the British
and German cartoons under scrutiny are surprisingly similar; only, they show a difference in distribution. This also applies
to the verbal and pictorial means, i.e. the chosen scenes and their relationships to the headings and the captions, which
reveal the cultural differences in humor, irony and sarcasm.