With this week’s Mr. Square comic and entry to my web serial Existential Terror and Breakfast now up I am wrapping things up with another suggested philosophy webcomic. What’s that? Oh, you thought there couldn’t possibly be more of those and that “philosophy webcomic” cannot possibly be a genre? Ha! We are just dipping our toes my friend. This week we have the one and only Chaospet.Continue reading →
Malcolm Steadman will dial the suicide hotline in 69 days.
Right now, Malcolm Steadman is shaving. He will cut himself later, so there is that to look forward to. This is not the time or place where he will have an existential crisis. Malcolm will not deal with the ineffable struggles of being conscious nor will he experience a debilitating sense of ominous dread that will stick with him for the rest of the day…Well, at least not yet. This panic attack will happen later, while he interviews for a job.Continue reading →
The latest entry to my serial Existential Terror and Breakfast was concerned mostly with Malcolm Steadman doubting the existence of an external wold and ultimately cursing a man by the name of Descartes. We will be exploring Descartes’ ideas and concepts in detail so that you too may be justified in cursing his name as well. We live within our own minds, everything we know about the external world comes from our senses, and, according to Descartes, our senses not only deceive us, but are not to be trusted. It is for this reason that we can conclude that we cannot be absolutely certain that the external world exist outside of our minds.Continue reading →
Author’s note: Due to the very boring nature of the details of other people’s dreams, the specific details of Malcolm Steadman’s dream has been redacted to keep the reader from losing interest.
Malcolm Steadman will dial the suicide hotline in 76 days.
A wisp of steam rose steadily from Malclom’s Coffee as he slowly adjusted to his day. Sleep had mostly escaped him the night before, and what little he was able to catch tormented him. That was not hyperbole. Malclom was fully aware of the irony that the sleep he desperately needed he didn’t want, at least not until he had started dreaming. His dream, dear lord his dream. Malclom shuddered at the thought of it and accidentally spilled some coffee on the front of his boxers. The burning sensation was preferable to the horrors of his dream. In a moment, Malcolm would lament that his dream paled to the realities of his coming epiphany.Continue reading →
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.
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!