Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written & Illustrated by: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick
Edited By: Shannon Watters & Bryce Carlson
Release Date: 11th November, 2015
Cyanide & Happiness first began as daily webcomic series on explosm.net back in 2005, and was a collection of fun little sketches and jokes made by the three creators, Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick. The first iterations of Cyanide & Happiness were done by Kris at the age of 16 when he would find himself doodling small comic strips of whatever was going on in his head at the time. Eventually the rest of the guys teamed up to collaborate on these strips while putting themselves through university.
However, you’ll most likely have seen C&H through social media like Facebook, Twitter and all over Tumblr and Reddit. They’re those little short stick figure sketches that pop up with sometimes dark and controversial jokes which you feel a little bad about laughing at later on. They often featured two bald characters who would find themselves in weird and unusual conversations which ended up in a hilarious twist punch line.
Well now, Rob, Kris and Dave have teamed up with BOOM! Studios to bring Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory, a trade filled with a collection of over one hundred C&H strips with some bonus comics for that little extra incentive. All of the comics are taken straight from the original and put together to create this collection for all C&H fans to enjoy.
It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure. If you can’t handle some of the dark and forward jokes or you’re simply not a fan of C&H then this book is definitely not for you. However if you are a fan, then this book is great if you have some time to kill and are in need of a quick laugh. Each comic last as little as 4 panels and you’ll find yourself reading through 30, 40, 50 pages in a matter of minutes.
There’s not a lot more I can really say about this book as it’s just a big collection of some of C&H’s funniest comics and if you’re a fan of the series then a lot of it should already be pretty familiar with you. I guess I’ll finish with a quote from the book itself, a small anecdote before the fun really begins in this series.
“It’s Cyanide & Happiness. It’s smart and funny and sad and touching and horrifying and lovely and depressing – sometimes all at the same time! Like life!”
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The Writer of this piece was: Dean Walsh
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