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Webcomic / Smuf

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If you stare at it long enough, maybe the answers will appear.

Smuf is a one-page comic appearing on The Duck. Described as "the alpha and the omega" of possibly abandoned comics, its single-page nature allows many interpretations of the image provided by its mysterious creator.

What is Smuf? Is the character depicted in the frame, standing there looking so happy, Smuf? Is that a rainbow behind the character, or is it some kind of candy bridge? No answers are forthcoming. Perhaps it is best left to your imagination.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Is the character male, female, neuter or a combination thereof? We just don't know!
  • Dada Comics: One interpretation is that Smuf is the ultimate Dada Comic, with its surreal nature encapsulated in one image of a deliriously happy thing, standing in a field and grinning inanely.
  • Orphaned Series: Whether intended as a one-time-only affair or a full series, it is clear from not having been updated since early 2008 that this one page is all you're getting.
  • Stillborn Serial: The general consensus is that Smuf is one of these, although there are others who argue that it is, in fact, a deconstruction of this trope. We may never know the truth.


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