Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Only in 2000 AD part 2

This rather old picture from the pages of 2000 AD isn't very well drawn. But, it gets the idea across. Sure, it's a little childish, but who wouldn't want to watch two aliens playing 'asteroid death conkers'? (from a safe distance, of course)

Here's the other end of the humour scale:

A mutant cyborg sniper carefully setting himself up. I don't know if it's just the idea of this that I find funny, or if there's something artist Jim Vickers has done to make it work as a classic slice of Wagnerite observation. He's great at presenting the unhinged citizens of Mega City 1, with particular detail towards the mundane. The juxtaposition of mutation, cyborgness and assassination with the expression of casual boredom is part of what makes 2000 ADs dark comedy so successful. All that's missing is a cup of tea on the windowsill.

Of course, unsubtle can be funny, too:

Sometimes it's best not to use an exclamation point at the end of a sentence - it renders this speech balloon as something understating the obvious, rather than overselling a great gore pic that works nicely on its own.


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