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Webcomic: Wondermark

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An Illustrated Jocularity

What happens when you mix Victorian-era illustrations with modern day insanity?

Welcome to the world of David Malki !'s Wondermark. A world of top hats and Steampunk laptops played down to contrast the modern, neurotic characters that populate it. A gag-a-day webcomic with Negative Continuity and no recurring characters (except maybe the alien Gax), each strip is a brief window into the lives of absurd but not entirely unrealistic new people.

The humor is a little diverse on a strip-to-strip basis but the bulk of it comes from good ol' human neuroses and eccentricities. Common subjects are banter and 'duels', often between spouses, observations about society and culture, poop jokes and a healthy dose of hypocrisy and narcissism. There's also an occasional abstract strip that relies more on visual gags and general weirdness. One thing that always remains prevalent is a strong sense of irony.

The author has arranged some of his favorite strips on a single page as an introduction to new readers; this can be found here. Of particular interest to tropers is this strip, featuring the Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre-Fiction Generator 2000.

Also worth checking out are The Comic Strip Doctor, a critical dissection of newspaper comics, and Dispatches From Wondermark Manor, a series of parody Victorian novels, both by the same author.

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