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Law for Kids parodies (a.k.a. “Lawl for Kids”) are a series of exploitable comics based off of an educational website for kids. The original site, Law For Kids, was a web site dedicated to teaching children about the laws in Arizona. Due to its campy “youth-in-trouble” scenarios, highly predictable moral lessons and simple art, Law for Kids comics have become a popular subject of parodies and satires on the web.
The website Lawsforkids.org was created in September 1997 by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education with the specific goal of “educating Arizona’s youth, their parents, communities and schools to increase their knowledge about youth laws and to encourage law-abiding behavior.” The site hosts a wide range of activities for the youths and children, such as video games, stories and cartoons. This one, shown below, is a cartoon strip titled “Driving Drunk”:
This one is called “Fighting”:
The earliest known parodies of Law for Kids comics were posted on internet humor website i-Mockery in 2003, when a site-wide contest was held to see who could come up with the funniest remix of the strip. The site also appeared on Metafilter on December 14th, 2003. Law for Kids parodies have been also seen elsewhere like Ultimate Guitar forums and FacePunch forums as well as on 4chan and YTMND. Law for Kids parodies eventually found its way to Digg in 2006 and Reddit in 2008.
In 2006, a single topic blog named “Lawl for Kids” was launched to collect and curate parodies of Law for Kids comic strips. Eventually, this blog stopped updating and went down. However, some participants in the parodies archived what was there. An archive of the site is here. Some small communities still create new parodies passively.
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