Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Saddest Comic Strip Ever Part III

Not that I expect anyone to remember but some time ago I did a post saying this was the saddest comic strip ever written.

Then later I did another one suggesting this was in fact the biggest bummer in the history of comic strips.

Now, I'm wondering if it's this strip here, which I came across the other day. I don't know who Chris Aubry is (maybe this guy?) but this really is a beautiful if depressing comic.


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Blogger SAF said...

Equal first, I think, for the Calvin & Hobbes and this one.

Now if you'll excuse me I'll head off to the nearest corner for a depressive relapse. ;)

4:29 pm  
Blogger IZP said...

Calvin and Hobbes is sadder. Is it just me who thinks Bert and Ernie were based on Halliwell and Orton by the way?

8:22 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

With Ernie as Halliwell, presumably? Which makes this cartoon universe one in which Orton killed Halliwell - and then got away with it, but finds his all his unthinking cruelties paid back in spades as he discovers how much he misses his dead love.

I like that - it makes the comic even sadder.

I'm tempted to go with Achewood, though, as saddest of all - there's something genius-like about Chris Onstad having Liebot manipulate young Phillipe so brazenly.

Maybe that makes it cleverest, rather than saddest though.

8:40 pm  
Blogger IZP said...

T'other way 'round.


All the photographic evidence required.

8:49 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

Hee hee, that's very good - but remains mere physicality.

The soul of Orton clearly resides in Bert's vicious frame.

8:54 pm  
Blogger kenny said...

ok, thinking about strips I will agree, but in terms of graphic novels there is none sadder - or more important - than the two parts of Maus - "My Father Bleeds History" and "From Mauschwitz to the Catskills" by Art Spiegelman.

And as a single image - his cover of the Septemeber 24 2001 issue of New Yorker magazine
still breaks my heart

7:09 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

No denying the truth of that Kenny - Maus is an astonishing story. The death of Richeiu, even on re-reading, makes me cry every time.

Which is something I never expected from a pencil drawn comic.

I Didn;t know thgat was the New Yorker, I only know th eimage as the front of 'In the Shadow of the Two Towers'.

7:18 pm  
Blogger kenneth.aitchison said...

I didn't know about the New Yorker cover until the 5th anniversary, when I think it might have been a special edition of Front Row, which told me that his wife Francoise - remember the French mouse in the modern day pages of the book - is the art director at the New Yorker, and she had asked him if he could do something for that issue.

Unrelated - here's a remarkable thing. I am writing this on the 1900 National Express train from Edinburgh (currently between York and Doncaster) with its lovely free wifi, having just been at the Hearts game this afternoon (good result). And I was just idly wandering through some of the Hearts related Wikipedia pages. And I found a fair amount of editing had been done by one Stuart Douglas ... it is not a big world, is it?
(for external readers - Stuart and I have never knowingly met in the offline world)

9:07 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

spend too much tim eon the internet - there's less of us than quotes from Kickback in the Evening News would have you believe.

Most of my edits were about in a strop about Romanov IIRC?

Good result today, and some nice football too. Be happy not to see Makela too often again, however, even though I moaned last year when he was loaned out.

10:04 pm  

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