Les Femmes en blanc
("The Women in White") is a comic French Belgian Comic Books
series created and written by Raoul Cauvin with art by Philippe Bercocivi. It began in 1986 and is ongoing with 31 volumes so far.
The stories are set in a hospital and involve nurses (the titular women in white) and doctors.
- Anyone Can Die: Some gags end with patients dying.
- Artistic License - Biology: Oh, so many times. This is due to Rule of Funny, of course. How else could:
- ... a severed head keep on living by itself, still capable of talking, drinking and smoking?
- ... legs transplanted from a ballerina onto another man still dance by themselves to ballet music?
- ... a severed foot keeps on living by itself because it "still has a heartbeat"?
- ... a patient get a rabbit/monkey stomach transplanted on him and only be able to eat carrots/peanuts from then on?
- Art Evolution: The art has evolved a LOT from the first issues.
- Author Filibuster: It is expressed several times that being a nurse is terrible and stressful job, and that young women should do something else instead.
- Bizarro Episode: One episode is about a baby delivery by Human Aliens in a space station hospital. Three girls and a boy are born, but some problems ensue and the boy is dropped on Earth among gorillas. The story ends with an old man asking other people if they knew Tarzan had three sisters.
- Black Comedy:
- One gag has the father of a family choke on his food. The mother suggests to call an ambulance, but the daughter, who studies medicine, tells her to wait, because she just happened to have studied what to do in such a situation. She runs upstairs to search her notes, which takes a while. She eventually finds them. Cut to the last panel, where they stand next to his grave, muttering: "Daddy couldn't wait."
- Another gag has a rebellious teenage son defend himself against his father. The reason? He enlisted himself for organ donor transplant, which the father feels is horrible. Disgruntled the son goes to the hospital, signs himself up and then gets a car accident on his return home. Instead of saving him the doctors decide to use all his body parts for donor transplants!
- Comedic Sociopathy: A lot of the humor relies on this.
- Contemptible Cover: This one◊, for instance. But Covers Always Lie...
- Cross Over: Pierre Tombal the gravedigger, from his eponymous series. It was also written by Cauvin.
- Dr. Jerk: Doctor Minet is one of the recurring protagonists. Most of the time, he does quite nasty things.
- Everything's Messier with Pigs: A patient gets pig organs transplanted on him, and he increasingly begins to act dirty and messy...
- Hospital Hottie: Most of the nurses are attractive young women.
- Karma Houdini: A story is about two nurses who blackmail their patients into getting some extra money for cleaning their bed. They get away with it and can afford a new car!
- No Sympathy: This can happen to a patient to the point of Dude, Not Funny!.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: One patient in an episode happened to be a mermaid. She sang and tried to eat anyone who came close to her. The doctor had to find the right species of fish scales to transplant on her injured tail. In the meantime, he transplanted human legs on her... with ill results.
- Rule of Funny
- Running Gag: Being a nurse is HARD work, being a plumber is so MUCH nicer. Honestly, what do the authors know?
- Saw a Woman in Half: A patient undergoes laser surgery. He is literally cut in half at the waist. He says his life is over, but in the last panel, is working as a magician's assistant for his body-sawing act.
- Shout-Out: One gag had a man who was morbidly obese and wanted a liposuction. After they did so he was left with a lot of drooping skin, causing him to cry. A nurse helps him out by sticking the left over skin in his shirt and golf pants, causing the patient to look like Tintin!
- Stay in the Kitchen: One episode has a female doctor whose patients refuse to be handled by her because she is a woman. Her husband tries to help her ... with bad results.
- Take Me to Your Leader: When a receptionist is replaced by a nurse, she suddenly gets a LOT of people coming in, including an alien asking her to bring him to her leader.
- Take Our Word for It: One patient was a man who had a face so ugly and misshapened that it gave his mother a heart attack, made the doctor jump out the window and scared away all his schoomates. His actual face was always offscreen.
- The Woobie: Happens to several patients. Even when it is supposed to be humorous.