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Reviews Comments: If Da Vinci spent too much time on the internet... Romantically Apocalyptic whole series review by Tomwithnonumbers

... he'd probably draw the Mona Lisa with a moustache. And you know it'd be pretty funny, the masterful brush strokes, the delicate wonderful likeness.. and a moustache. Just a big bushy moustache in the middle of all that.

Romantically Apocalyptic is like that (well not exactly because Da Vinci wasn't known for his post-apocalyptic imagery *). Apparently the artist has spent years of his life searching the globe for photographs of everything, every heap of rubble and burnt out building that he might find useful. He has terabytes of data and incoporates 18th century Danish paintings of skulls with his carefully modelled photographs using real, well-made props to construct this vast apocalyptic drawings (and they are drawings, at the very least he does something to stop them looking like photographs) and they look really good. And he uses that as a background to make 'the cake is a lie' jokes.

They're even pretty funny jokes, it's standard internet absurd fare, but very good at that and there's a reason it's so popular. It's funny and it's always a more than just a reference and leaving it at that. The joke is always there. The humour is someone strapping a jet-engine to a train or death threats over a straw. If you don't like this sort of thing, then this isn't for you, it will never go away.

But it even has a story, and quite an interesting one too. But even that is absurd, it's a detailed crafted world, involving zombies, alien-lawyers and evil sentient computers. Yet it's interesting!

Even the character pieces, the story seems to be suggesting the reason why the main characters are comic buffoons is that they were driven mad by the horrors of the apocalypse.

In the end the creator has taken internet absurdist humour and made _that_ absurd by giving it so much depth and detail.

Advice? It's hard to say, this is good but even the fact that it's good is absurd and frustrating to understand. Check out the first couple of pages, if you're interested in them, read on and remember that it will grow into a story. Around the 50th page you'll need to check the author-comments bits below because he begins to put bits of prose there that's important to the wider story.


  • Scardoll
  • 13th Mar 12
I love this comic for the art and the absurdist humor.


Yeah, that was a shorter and less eloquent way of stating exactly what you said. And you are right.

Except for that footnote after "imagery". That's a bloody lie. :P

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