Sad Comics' Dour Tales Will Bring Happiness To Maudlin Readers, Win A Copy And See
Sad Comics ($0.99) by Alex Komarov Inc. aims to surprise the reader with the sheer oddness of its stories. Sad Comics brims with tongue-in-cheek images, and claims to offer "102 percent decadence."
The app's name and cover font allude to MAD Magazine, but anyone looking for the madcap antics of Alfred E. Neuman on these digital pages will be out of luck. Instead of the iconic ginger-haired boy, the Sad Comics cover depicts a woebegone dog who sports an Elizabethan collar and is about to tuck in to a solo restaurant meal complete with his iPhone and a glass of wine.
Sad Comics includes just one story, "The Lonely Bear." Three other stories and a set of comic strips may be purchased in-app for $0.99 each.
Author Roman Muradov describes "The Lonely Bear" as "a tragicomic fable of a happy death and decline."
When bear's only friend, a taciturn eagle, departs, bear is so bereft that he seeks help from a bespectacled yak therapist named Erkheart Broyle.
Eventually bear's inner darkness manifests in a twisted way that cures his loneliness but eventually kills him.
"The Lonely Bear" offers readers eccentric details throughout the story. Bear represents his life to Broyle as a Venn diagram where "solitude," "misery," and "depression" intersect. The bear's companion quotes the Magnetic Fields' indie rock anthem "100,000 Fireflies."
Readers will likely either embrace or detest Sad Comics. Few parties will remain neutral, and it won't take long to know which side you are on.
The app's low introductory price lets curious readers try out The Lonely Bear at only $0.99. Anyone who prefers less peregrine tales need not invest in the rest of the stories.
We have two copies of Sad Comics to give away. To win simply leave a comment on this post (maudlin oversharing is optional) with a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. The contest ends Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5 p.m. PDT.