Kick the Football, Chuck. is a Black Comedy webcomic by Rev. Michael Fitzgerald (creator of Mr Square and Existential Terror and Breakfast) intended to be a Deconstruction of Peanuts. In it, Charlie Brown goes bald because of chemotherapy and every common gag in Peanuts is shed in this light.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Black Comedy
- Cruel to Be Kind: Lucy thinks that by yanking the football away every time Chuck tries to kick it, she's teaching him how to cope with unexpected obstacles.
- Darker and Edgier
- Deconstruction: Of Peanuts.
- Driven to Suicide: Charlie Brown.
- Hope Spot: Lucy decides to Throw the Dog a Bone and let Chuck kick the ball to help build up his confidence. Unfortunately, he's not around to appreciate this.
- How We Got Here: The series starts with Charlie Brown learning about his condition, and proceeds to give dark explanations for many of the original comic's quirks.
- Little "No": Lucy reacts with several of these after learning that Charlie killed himself.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Charlie Brown.
- Misery Builds Character: Lucy comes up with the whole 'try and kick the football' exercise as a way to teach Chuck about overcoming adversity. She keeps pulling it away because "This is meant to be hard."
- My God, What Have I Done?: Lucy, at the end.
- The Rant: The first one of which calls the comic 'a labor of love, but ultimately fear', and continually blames the Ghost of Schultz for its existence.
- Security Blanket: Linus starts carrying his iconic blanket around after Charlie Brown tells him about his condition, stressing how cancer can strike anyone without warning or any reason.
- Worse with Context: the comic does not outwardly state that Charlie Brown has cancer. Without this context many of the strips look like normal Peanuts comics.