History Webcomic / PicturesForSadChildren

2nd May '18 12:15:09 PM NobodyIP
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** After Paul [[spoiler:resurrects himself into the dead body of Gary's roommate]], Gary starts making jokes about Paul being privileged due to now being white.
1st May '18 10:14:12 AM urutapu
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''[[http://picturesforsadchildren.com/ pictures for sad children]]'' is a webcomic by Janet Harbinger[[note]]formerly known as John Campbell[[/note]]. The comic's original website was taken down (along with Harbinger [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/73258510/sad-pictures-for-children/posts/759318 forfeiting on her kickstarter]]) on February 27, 2014, but as of May 2018 has since returned.

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''[[http://picturesforsadchildren.com/ pictures for sad children]]'' is a webcomic by Janet Harbinger[[note]]formerly Harbinger.[[note]]formerly known as John Campbell[[/note]]. Campbell[[/note]] The comic's original website was taken down (along with Harbinger [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/73258510/sad-pictures-for-children/posts/759318 forfeiting on her kickstarter]]) on February 27, 2014, but as of May 2018 has since returned.
1st May '18 10:12:07 AM urutapu
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In February 2014, Harbinger [[CreatorBreakdown tore down her entire webcomic page]], and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her Kickstarter backers. (In May of that year, Max Temkin (of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) managed to get and ship out all of the originally promised books.) She has since re-established the website, however, and copies of the classic 'Pictures for Sad Children'/'Sad Pictures for Children' books are available for purchase in PDF form.

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In February 2014, Harbinger [[CreatorBreakdown tore down her entire webcomic page]], and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her Kickstarter backers. (In May of that year, Max Temkin (of of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) fame managed to get obtain and ship out all of the originally promised books.) She has since re-established the website, however, and copies of the classic 'Pictures ''Pictures for Sad Children'/'Sad Children''/''Sad Pictures for Children' Children'' books are available for purchase in PDF form.
1st May '18 10:11:25 AM urutapu
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* AltText: Well, until they were taken down, anyway, the comics usually had unique alt text. The comics are now only available in PDF form, without alt text.

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* AltText: Well, until they were taken down, anyway, Most of the comics usually had unique alt text. featured an alt-text gag in their original form, but these have since been lost due to transitioning from a private domain to Tumblr, which doesn't support this feature. The comics are now only available in PDF form, still without alt text.
1st May '18 9:47:06 AM NobodyIP
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''[[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/ pictures for sad children]]'' was a webcomic by Merry Graves[[note]]formerly known as John Campbell[[/note]], until the author removed all comics from the website and [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/73258510/sad-pictures-for-children/posts/759318 forfeited on her kickstarter]] on February 27 2014.

The comic featured a minimalist style of art, humor, and grammar. Originally, the comic also featured character-driven stories about a ghost and some other people.

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''[[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.''[[http://picturesforsadchildren.com/ pictures for sad children]]'' was is a webcomic by Merry Graves[[note]]formerly Janet Harbinger[[note]]formerly known as John Campbell[[/note]], until the author removed all comics from the Campbell[[/note]]. The comic's original website and was taken down (along with Harbinger [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/73258510/sad-pictures-for-children/posts/759318 forfeited forfeiting on her kickstarter]] kickstarter]]) on February 27 2014.

27, 2014, but as of May 2018 has since returned.

The comic featured features a minimalist style of art, humor, and grammar. Originally, the comic also featured character-driven stories about a ghost and some other people.



After 226 pages, the story of Paul and Gary came to a very abrupt and inconclusive end. After that, the comic continued as an unconnected series of surreal one-shots with occasional story arcs but none as long as the big one.

The world of ''Pictures For Sad Children'' was [[CrapsackWorld cynical]]. Most of the characters were depressed even though they knew that they had no real problems. The main characters also resigned themselves to a life of unfulfilled dreams and crushing meaningless jobs. There were many [[MagicalRealism magic realist]] elements to the world as well, like an ipod that played you your regrets, a family that had the powers of Jesus, and passive-aggressive post-it notes that seemingly came from no one.

In March 2014, the author suffered [[CreatorBreakdown a mental and emotional breakdown]], tore down her entire webcomic page, and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her Kickstarter backers. In May of that year, Max Temkin (of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) managed to get and ship out all of the originally promised books.

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After 226 pages, the story of Paul and Gary came to a very abrupt and inconclusive end. After that, the comic continued continues as an unconnected series of surreal one-shots with occasional story arcs but none as long as the big one.

The world of ''Pictures For Sad Children'' was is [[CrapsackWorld cynical]]. Most of the characters were are depressed even though they knew know that they had have no real problems. The main characters also resigned resign themselves to a life of unfulfilled dreams and crushing meaningless jobs. There were are many [[MagicalRealism magic realist]] elements to the world as well, like an ipod iPod that played plays you your regrets, a family that had has the powers of Jesus, and passive-aggressive post-it notes that seemingly came come from no one.

In March February 2014, the author suffered Harbinger [[CreatorBreakdown a mental and emotional breakdown]], tore down her entire webcomic page, page]], and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her Kickstarter backers. In (In May of that year, Max Temkin (of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) managed to get and ship out all of the originally promised books.
books.) She has since re-established the website, however, and copies of the classic 'Pictures for Sad Children'/'Sad Pictures for Children' books are available for purchase in PDF form.



* AbortedArc: The original Pictures for Sad Children storyline. A [[http://picturesforsadchildren.com/comic-hole/paulwhowasaghost.htm supplement comic]] was posted later featuring what happens to Paul, but that ends even more inconclusively.



* AllLowercaseLetters: The comic (and Graves herself) spoke this way.

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* AllLowercaseLetters: The comic comic's characters (and Graves Harbinger herself) spoke speak this way.



* AltText: Well, until they were taken down, anyway, the comics usually had unique alt text. They're all gone now.

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* AltText: Well, until they were taken down, anyway, the comics usually had unique alt text. They're all gone now.The comics are now only available in PDF form, without alt text.



** Also, as part of her minor but protracted breakdown, Merry Graves posted her work in various media in place of regular comics.

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** Also, as part of her minor but protracted breakdown, Merry Graves During the comic's later years, Harbinger posted her work in various media in place of regular comics.comics made with other assorted media.



%%* IslandHelpMessage: Poor dfw

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%%* * IslandHelpMessage: Poor dfwOne comic features Creator/DavidFosterWallace trapped on a desert island, writing a help message in a [[PurpleProse humorously over-complicated style]].
-->'''Pilot:''' ''i ain't got time to read that.''



%%* Metaphorgotten: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/108 In the alt text]], [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/272 in the text text]].
%%* MixedMetaphor: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/192 Lampshaded in the alt text]].



%%* NoPunctuationIsFunnier: Or I mean if you think it's funnier.
%%* ThePlague: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/304 it is not very convenient]]
%%* PlatformGame: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/263/ This one]] contains examples of {{scoring points}} {{designated villain}} and {{goomba stomp}}.
%%* PoliticiansKissBabies: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/192/ this leads]] to a massive moment of {{that came out wrong}}.



** A small series of strips supposedly sponsored by fast food chain Long John Silver's features such ironic horrors as a frycook holding his arms in the fryer until they burn into "long john"-shaped crisps, and also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the ennui that pervades the rest of the comic]].

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** A small series of strips supposedly sponsored by fast food chain Long John Silver's features feature such ironic horrors as a frycook holding his arms in the fryer until they burn into "long john"-shaped crisps, and also [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the ennui that pervades the rest of the comic]].



%%** Also you may consider [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/111/ this tree]] to be a racist grandpa, it was certainly planted by one.



%%* RoboticReveal: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/340 And it gives his roommate a BSOD.]]



* SelfDeprecation: One comic's alt text is Graves insulting her own comic.

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* SelfDeprecation: One comic's alt text is Graves Harbinger insulting her own comic.



%%* SeriousBusiness: Don't talk to Jeremy about Saint Shoot unless you want [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/58 this]].
%%* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial}}: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/308 An odd variation]].



%%* TakeThat: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/7 Huge slam on Oklahoma out of nowhere.]]



%%* TalkingPoo: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/58/ The voice of reason.]]
%%* {{the singularity}}: A rather cynical take on it.
%%-->''it's flying car bullshit: surely the world will conform to our speculative fiction, surely we're the ones who will get to live in the future''
%%* WhoShotJFK: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/299/ Your mileage may vary on whether this is black comedy or what,]]

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%%* TalkingPoo: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/58/ The voice of reason.]]
%%* {{the singularity}}: A
* {{The Singularity}}: Paul's long rant towards Gary presents a rather cynical take on it.
%%-->''it's -->''it's flying car bullshit: surely the world will conform to our speculative fiction, surely we're the ones who will get to live in the future''
%%* WhoShotJFK: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/299/ Your mileage may vary on whether this is black comedy or what,]]
future''



%%* YouBastard: [[http://archive.picturesforsadchildren.com/94/ i am not telling a joke. you are terrible]]
13th Aug '17 7:52:37 PM stuffedninja
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* Imaginespot: Gary imagines his horrifically unfulfilling future with a girl.

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* Imaginespot: ImagineSpot: Gary imagines his horrifically unfulfilling future with a girl.
17th Jun '17 10:14:48 AM nombretomado
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%%** KurtVonnegut, [[SlaughterhouseFive slaughterhouse-five.]]

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%%** KurtVonnegut, [[SlaughterhouseFive Creator/KurtVonnegut, [[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive slaughterhouse-five.]]
18th May '17 8:57:22 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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%%* BedsheetGhost

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%%* BedsheetGhost* BedsheetGhost: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]: Paul is dead, and wears a bedsheet so he looks more like a ghost.
18th May '17 8:54:18 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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In March 2014, the author suffered [[CreatorBreakdown a mental and emotional breakdown]], tore down her entire webcomic page, and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her kickstarter backers. In May of that year, Max Temkin (of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) managed to get and ship out all of the originally promised books.

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In March 2014, the author suffered [[CreatorBreakdown a mental and emotional breakdown]], tore down her entire webcomic page, and burned the unshipped books (encapsulated dead wasps and all) that she promised to her kickstarter Kickstarter backers. In May of that year, Max Temkin (of TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity fame) managed to get and ship out all of the originally promised books.



** One comic is a sunday strip from a fictional syndicated version of comic, done in full colour (and complete with [[http://www.kingfeatures.com/ king features syndicate]] small print in the margins).
** Also as part of the minor but protracted breakdown Merry Graves posted her work in various media in place of regular comics.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: In the original and [[AbortedArc abandoned]] storyline, [[PhraseCatcher Paul, who is a ghost,]] [[CelestialBureaucracy being unable]] go to heaven is the main plot.

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** One comic is a sunday strip from a fictional syndicated version of the comic, done in full colour (and complete with [[http://www.kingfeatures.com/ king features King Features syndicate]] small print in the margins).
** Also Also, as part of the her minor but protracted breakdown breakdown, Merry Graves posted her work in various media in place of regular comics.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: In the original and [[AbortedArc abandoned]] storyline, [[PhraseCatcher Paul, who is a ghost,]] [[CelestialBureaucracy being unable]] go to heaven Heaven is the main plot.
18th May '17 8:52:59 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* AllLowercaseLetters The comic (and Graves herself) spoke this way.

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* AllLowercaseLetters AllLowercaseLetters: The comic (and Graves herself) spoke this way.
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