ANDRÉ FRANQUIN | Die Laughing
Las viñetas más negras de Franquin, el padre de Spirou y Marsupilami
What do you do when you find yourself gazing into the abyss of modern life? Laugh, says André Franquin, the master Belgian cartoonist. A collection of stand-alone comic strips, Die Laughing highlights the psychological torments of human existence, from the daily futility of the rat race to the global horrors of nuclear annihilation.
Executed in stark black and white, Franquin’s loose-but-meticulous linework features expressionistic shadows and silhouettes that infuse his depressed, repressed, and oppressed characters with a disturbing manic energy. Die Laughing takes aim at everyone and everything in this scathing critique of modern life, but is particularly ruthless toward animal abusers, the military industrial complex, and death penalty enthusiasts.
Prepare yourself to be exquisitely uncomfortable. Businessmen skipping merrily across the bodies of workers to get ahead, racehorses murdering their jockeys, fighter jets turning into excrement mid-air, cannibals in love: Die Laughing is filled with visual gags and gag-inducing visuals that will haunt you.