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Webcomic / Kick the Football, Chuck.

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Apparently, Charlie Brown had a Flat-top before undergoing chemotherapy
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.

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  • 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."
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  • 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.


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