Dead Philosophers in Heaven: The OG philosophy comic.

An “Existential Terror and Breakfast” Companion:

After reading the latest entry to my serial “Existential Terror and Breakfast”  and the latest issue to Mr. Square, are you left with wanting another fix of philosophy or comics? Combined? AGAIN?!

Though I have already recommended Existential Comics, I did not touch on the originator of the idea Dead Philosophers in Heaven (found here). They are both excellent comics that have philosophers across the ages interact with each other, but Dead Philosophers in Heaven is the original gangsta of the two and has a special place in my heart.

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Dead Philosophers in Heaven – The Artwork:

If you are a fan of Terry Gilliam’s animations from Monty Python’s Flying Circus the aesthetics of Matt Russell and Nick Gibb’s will seem familiar and pleasing. Each philosopher is represented by either a photograph, sculpture, or painting of them in black in white. The lack of color is actually a strong suite as it gives the comics an air of seriousness that is often and relentlessly betrayed. The early comics still hold as looking well made, but as the series goes the amount of Photoshop and photo manipulation skills improve and the comic looks increasingly well made.

Dead Philosophers in Heaven – The writing:

These comics are extremely witty. The comparison of Monty Python’s Flying Circus holds with the range of humor and mix of highly cerebral philosophical concepts. One of my all time comics portrays Descartes going back to his cabin for more existential meditations. He stares at a fire for forty something days and It… escalates. It escalates REALLY quickly.

The unfortunate thing is that this comic has not been updated since May of last year and as of right now there is not anything on their site to suggest as to the reasons. It has gone on hiatus in the past, so there is reason to believe that this will not be a permanent state for the site. Regardless, the archive is one that is worth going to and the comic is one of the best things to grace the internet. Give them an e-mail when you drop by and beg them to make more, I want my favorite comic back!

Existential Terror and Breakfast” Updates every Wednesday, Its “Companion Piece” updates every Thursday.

Existential Terror and Breakfast: 7

Epiphanies taste better with toast.

Malcolm Steadman will dial the suicide hotline in 83 days.

The sweet smell of citrus coming from the half peeled grapefruit was a stark contrast to Malcolm’s sour mood. In an uncharacteristic moment of resolve Malcolm Steadman had decided that he was going to start to eat healthy foods. This would last a full three days before Malcolm would consume two whole McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches in one morning. He would not switch back to grapefruit for another month. This current resolve (yet untouched by McDonald’s) however had manifested in other aspects of his life. As he slowly peeled the large fruit Malcolm passively took part in an online application process for a new job.Continue reading →

Sad? Here’s The Existential Coloring Book!

An “Existential Terror and Breakfast” Companion:

Yesterday’s Existential Terror and Breakfast may have been a little…depressing.  Sure, overall it was counter to the tune of Malcolm’s depressive state, but Malcolm Steadman will dial a suicide hotline in 89 days. Is all of this Existentialism getting you down? It doesn’t have to! Introducing one of my favorite things ever: The Existential Coloring Book!

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Existential Terror and Breakfast: 6

Epiphanies taste better with toast.

To say that Malcolm Steadman was currently doing nothing would be erroneous. Yes, in the normal sense of the nomenclature Malcolm was doing “nothing”, but in fact Malcolm was always doing something. At the moment he was sitting, he was staring into space and he was letting his breakfast cereal get soggy. Malcolm was breathing, and each breath he took burned a minuscule amount of calories and replenished his body with precious oxygen. If you asked Malcolm what he did with his morning he might look embarrassed, and as he would avoid your eye contact he would shuffle his feet and moan the word “nothing”, but again, this was far from the truth.Continue reading →

Comic Easel Vs. Panel.

There are many tools on the internet that you can take advantage of if you wanted to publish a web comic. If you did not want to use the publishing sites Drunk Duck and Tapastic, and instead wanted a more versatile site that you can customize and make your own, both the WordPress plugin Comic Easel and the theme Panel can give you everything you need. But which one is better? Which one is more versatile?Continue reading →