Webcomic of the Week – Weapon Brown
Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of the holiday I thought I’d cover a webcomic that is not only fueled by America’s most well-known newspaper strip, but is as explosive and fiery as a thousand fireworks. Weapon Brown: Blockhead’s War is a comic by Jason Yungbluth that focuses primarily on an adult Charlie Brown after the apocalypse. Along with his famous dog Snoopy, Chuck goes around hoping to procure food and travel by acting as a mercenary. What’s most awesome? Weapon Brown isn’t limited to Peanuts characters. Yungbluth touches on a number of popular newspaper comic strips, including Beetle Bailey, B.C. and Calvin & Hobbes. It’s amazing just to see how amazingly cool this comic is while including such goofy and ridiculous characters. It’s also interesting to see how Yungbluth ducks and dodges everything that could get him in trouble with a comic like this.
I honestly don’t know enough about the rules and laws of parody, copyright, satire, plagiarism, etc. I have no idea how it works. Every now and then you’ll catch a spelling change in a character’s name just to avoid some possibility that he’ll get called on it. Therefore, because I’m so poorly educated on the law, I’ll just focus on this comic. And damn, it’s a great comic. Not only is brilliant parody so obvious throughout, but outside of that it’s a pretty amazing story. Chuck is forced to battle all sorts of familiar, yet not-so-familiar creatures that are looking for nothing more than a meal or a woman. It’s got all those familiar elements expected in a well-done post-apocalyptic adventure, all while retaining the humor that comes along with playing with such a well-known cast.
One fun thing about the story is that as you read it, you begin to consider all the newspaper strips you used to read and you wonder who might appear next. Allow me to assure you that the appearance of characters like Garfield and Heathcliff is pretty mind-blowing. Just to see how each strip is worked into the continuity and how each character would be influenced by the end of the world is not only interesting, it’s so cool. There’s action, there’s funny, and there’s a lot of little things you have to look for. Trust me, this is an awesome concept that’s worth a look. It’s a mature comic though, so don’t mistakenly think that this would be a good strip for the younger crowd. Give it a shot, it’s certainly a highlight on Yungbluth’s Deep Fried.
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