Ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Shove them into a domestic setting, and it’s automatically funny, and then you can make a really shit Thor film that people love for some reason and maybe also JoJo Rabbit.
Anyway, here’s a vampire one. I’ll have my Thor film, now.
“Call it intellectual curiosity if you like, Vlad, but I still say it’s sick.”
Medical stuff is funny. Fact. It’s probably something to do with our deep-seated psychological need to address our mortality without giving into the fear that the subject prompts within us. Or it might just be that squishy bits make us laugh.
Either way, it’s been at least 20 years since I scratched this out, and it still makes me snork.
“Something bit me!”
Take the framework of one subject, apply it to a second subject that is similar enough to be familiar but different enough to be risible. Comedy gold, amirite?
I beg to differ. Exhibit A:
“Tragedy strikes when Rona gets her yoga book mixed up with John’s furniture-making manual.”
Yeah, so when I was trying to work out whether or not I wanted to try for a career in cartooning, (Morgan Freeman voiceover: Naaaahhhhh.) I read that it was important to be able to work up a portfolio of subject-specific cartoons, to show that you can attract work across a wide spectrum of magazines. Sports. Sports is always a good one.
This is a sports cartoon. And that is all I have to say about that.
“It can happen to anyone.”