Illustration for article titled Webcomic emGunshow/em dares you to laugh at grave robbers, bloody rain, and the wolf apocalypse

A pair of kids steal a detached arm and use it to go on a crime spree. God, still angry at humanity's treatment of Jesus, unleashes an apocalypse of wolves upon the Earth. A young man visits his dead parents for the weekend on their ghost ship. A mysterious cloud surrounds the Earth, raining down a storm of blood (to the confusion of most and the delight of Dracula). These are just a few of the insane comic ideas bursting out of KC Green's webcomic Gunshow.


Gunshow is a tricky comic to categorize. It's usually a gag comic, although its gags often stretch for a few pages and build on themselves as they recur over the years. Sometimes, it features longer stories, the most famous of which is The Anime Club, a series of stories about the antics of a group of anime fans who fancy themselves culture snobs and leave destruction and hentai-borne computer viruses in their wake.

That inability to be easily slotted into a particular type is just part of what makes Gunshow so delightful. Green is a instinctive joke teller and cartoonist, quick with a goofy scenario and a crazy face. When two men head into a cat strip club, it's not the least bit sexy; it's filled with ordinary cats scratching up the upholstery at rubbing against the dance poles. After playing out a ludicrous and violent Monkey's Paw scenario, Green cuts to the pawless monkey, whose wishes are never granted. The demi-dog (half-god, half-dog) behaves more or less like a dog, but with a touch of divine wrath. A snake arrest goes very oddly without the availability of hands. Many of the Gunshow comics run on their own internal logic, but it's a readily accessible logic and one that, for all its occasional butt and dick jokes, is spontaneous and surprising.


And sometimes there's a deeper emotional quality that emerges from all that goofballery. "The Ghost Ship" has all the hallmarks of Green's humor, but it's ultimately a brief story about growing up and apart from your parents. A Sonic the Hedgehog fan comic turns out to be a tale of family and sorrow where the golden ring represents something very different than it does in the games. Green knows that there is a fine line between humor and heartbreak, and he'll be drawing skateboarding butts one day only to hit you in the sads when you least expect it.


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