Existentialism

Henri, Le Chat Noir

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It’s been a while since I shared something really silly and yet utterly brilliant so allow me to break that dry spell with this. Henri, Le Chat Noir is an online meta-series about the existential misery of a depressed French cat. I’ve seen the French cinema parody done many times but few as deftly as this little gem.

If you enjoyed the despair that was 3eanuts then I think you’ll get a kick out of Henri.

Bon.

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Garfield Minus Garfield Creator Brings Us The Existential Despair of Charlie Brown

Back in 2008 Web Comic artist, Dan Walsh hit upon the unique idea of photoshopping Garfield out of his own comic and turned it into “a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb”. It’s haunting, troubling and stupidly funny.

Now, several years down the line, Walsh is back with a new project entitled 3eanuts. In this project he has taken a collection of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts strips and removed the forth panel. Bereft of their punchlines, Charlie Brown and friends now inhabit a strange, lifeless world in which they chastise each other, wander around aimlessly and (with worrying regularity) long for the sweet release of death.

“Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.”

It’s every bit as funny as Garfield Minus Garfield and thoroughly deserves to attain the same cult status as its cat lacking sibling. Add it to your morning viewings, Bunkerites. You will not be disappointed.

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