13 bloody hilarious War and Peas comics with twisted endings
We’re not sure if we’re showing our age here, but one of the greatest things about getting the paper delivered as a kid was handing the boring s**t over to the old man and keeping the comics section for yourself. Deadset, all the good stuff was in there: Spider-Man, Calvin & Hobbes, Hagar the Horrible, and Beyond the Black Stump. These days, a new generation of cartoon strips reflecting the beautiful cynicism of our age have become pretty popular online, and one of the best of them is War and Peas. If you’ve never seen it before, check out 13 of its best right here…
As we mentioned above, War and Peas has a pretty unique perspective on the world. Like all the best strips, it comments on a whole range of current events, and adds a kind of understated sadness to its interpretation of them.
The cartoon’s creators, Jonathan and Elizabeth told Basket Case, “There’s an interesting study showing that people prefer brutal movies and books in times when their country is at war or there’s lots of violence on the news. Maybe that’s also the explanation for why our biggest audience is from the States. Perhaps Americans are having a sad time at the moment and therefore prefer comics with sad punchlines.”
Despite that, they reckon they’re not sticklers for the political stuff. They’re just calling it as they see it. “We had some political strips and stickers but we’re not that hipped to show our sentiment explicitly. Reading between the panels, you can surely see our world view and our opinions on social issues. Sometimes it’s just about making a silly joke.”
That might be because first and foremost, the pair reckon story is what matters. “We always believe story wins over artwork. That doesn’t mean the two can’t go hand in hand. But if the artwork becomes a means of its own, it’s too distracting and hard to really immerse yourself into the storytelling.”
Final thought: Yeah, nah, we’re pretty big fans of War and Peas here at Ozzy Man Reviews, and we reckon the fact they’ve now signed to the same stable as Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes is well-deserved. If you liked having a squiz at these, you might want to grab their book. If you’ve got any other good web-comic recommendations, whack ‘em into the comments section.
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