Humor can be presented in different forms and my favorite one is funny illustrations devoted to different acute topics. I think it is a unique talent when a painter can make you laugh with a help of a single visual image. So, if you feel sad or search for something to cheer you up, look through some of the works of these talented illustrators.
Andy Riley with his “Book of Bunny Suicides” seems to have discovered the key to success – take some taboo topic, like death and suicide, treat them with indifference, add some creativity and the masterpiece of black humor is ready. The series of pictures presents different ways invented by a rabbit to kill himself. Suicide ceased being a gloomy affair and strangely turns out into inspiring item. The book was first published in 2003 in Britain and immediately acquired great success. May be it can be explained by the ridiculousness of rabbit’s methods as he chooses really twisted and complicated ways the result of which is not obvious from the first sight. These pictures make the audience think and laugh after guessing the real intention of the creative self-murderer.
It appears that the funniest jokes usually concern the taboo topics which we are used to respect rather than to love at. However, the line between funny and offensive is very obscure, that’s why I consider black humor to be one of the most difficult forms of humorous art. To laugh at religion, war, kidnapping, death is risky matter, but if the right balance is observed the comedy turns into a true masterpiece. Another problem with black comedies is that everybody has different concept of black humor and it is hard to please the whole audience. However, some dark comedies seem to complete this mission successfully.
Originally Mary Sue is the name of the main character from the fan fiction story by Paula Smith “A Trekkie’s Tale” written on the basis of Star Trek. This story was an ironic one and depicted a girl that was the real embodiment of the authors desired personality. If the fan fiction story depicts the male character he is usually called the names derived from Mary, such as Martin Sue, Marty Stew or Maryn Sue.
The splendid Mary Sue is the character who is stronger than the strongest of the original characters, nicer than the nicest original ones, more intelligent than the brightest genius and so on. The canvas of the story becomes not so significant as the central place takes the beautiful Mary Sue.