Here’s a new topic: comic books! As those who follow my blog may know, I’m a big fan of comics. Especially silly spooky comics! This includes anything with gothic and/or horror elements mixed with humor (often black humor). Here’s a list of 5 really awesome comics that made me laugh out loud – and hopefully will do the same for you!
1.) “Oh My Goth!” by Aurelio Voltaire
While Voltaire is most famous for his singing/songwriting, he is also an accomplished author, toy maker, animator, and comic book artist. Many of his works are satirical, especially towards the goth subculture, and “Oh My Goth!” is a prime example of his humor. An alien is sent to earth in search of intelligent life forms to keep his species from invading. However, this proves to be a difficult task as he encounters several zany groups of earthlings, all satirized to the max. He befriends a group of goth teens – the main targets for Voltaire’s dark humor, but really no one is safe. From vampires to aliens to ravers to Bjork, everyone and everything gets a chance in the spotlight. I recommend buying the 2.0 graphic novel, as it includes everything from the first edition graphic novel + extras! A must read for all Voltaire fans or anyone part of the goth scene!
2.) “Little Gloomy” by Landry Walker and Eric Jones
This has actually been my favorite comic since I was a little girl. That being said, “Little Gloomy” is fun and appropriate for all ages! Gloomy is a little human girl who lives in a world full of monsters. She’s often targeted by strange occurrences, usually due to her mad scientist ex-boyfriend Simon. Her friends are all classic monsters: Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf, chtulhu, and a mummy. But they’re all drawn really cute. While the art appears childish at a glance, the story is pretty age neutral. It provides the perfect balance between spooky zombies and silly little monsters who help Gloomy with her struggles…and sometimes make them worse.
3.) “Fillerbunny” by Jhonen Vasquez
Creator of “Invader Zim” and “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac,” “Fillerbunny” is basically the result of taking all the dark, silly humor from Vasquez’s work, removing the plot line, and then multiplying the silly stuff by 100. “Fillerbunny” was originally made to fill the vacant ad spaces in his “Squee!” comics, and soon became its own mini-series. “Fillerbunny” is basically 3 15-paged volumes of a pink bunny who really wants to die, but is forced to stay alive and be tortured in the weirdest ways possible, like getting a monkey shoved up his butt or eating rectal meat. It sounds horrible, but it’s actually really funny. I swear. “Fillerbunny” was recently released into a graphic novel with new material added and can be found in most comic book shops.
4.) “Amity Blamity” by Mike White
I recently purchased volume one of this series at my local comic shop. I had no idea what it was about, but the art looked cute and I always enjoy comics published by Slave Labor Graphics, so I figured it was worth a shot. While it’s not as dark or gothy as most SLG comics, “Amity Blamity” provides enough hilarity to justify its place on my list (and I really liked it, so I’d like to give it a moment of fame), and the humor would most likely appeal to those who enjoy the other series I mentioned. It’s about a clever little pig who speaks like a human (this is never questioned), a mute little girl, who live on the countryside with her grandma and uncle, who is more pig-like than the pig. It’s another all-ages comic, but I doubt kids would pick up on the drugs/alcohol jokes. From running careers to making moonshine to hunting for fluffy white creatures, hilarity ensues as the quirky characters are swept away on crazy little adventures.
5.) “Bear,” by Jamie Smart
Quite possibly the darkest on the list and loaded with black humor, “Bear” is like a really f***ed up “Amity Blamity” or “Tom and Jerry” on speed. It’s also another comic I bought out of curiosity and was quite pleased with the surprise. An ordinary guy lives with his talking stuffed bear and psychotic cat Looshkin, who also talks. Again, this is not questioned. Looshkin is really, really, really psycho and find great pleasure in torturing bear with sadistic pranks and making things explode. It’s brilliantly random, shocking, and silly.
Have you read any of these comics? What did you think? Do you have any other dark and/or silly comics that you’d like to recommend? Comment below!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more comics reviews~