Monday, 6 September 2010
Find of the week: Oh, Brother!
Oh, Brother! is a daily webcomic created by cartoonists Bob Weber Jr and Jay Stephens. It is drawn in a format reminiscent of the classic newspaper strips (Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts etc) but the action is usually confined to a minimum number of panels leading up to a punchline rather than a full story followed by a punchline. Oh, Brother! draws from plenty of current pop culture phenomena such as reality TV, blogging, and eBay but at the root of this comic lies the classic brother sister love-hate relationship which I'm sure anyone with an older or younger sibling can relate to. There are brief moments where the characters of Bud and Lily act as ventriloquists for distinctly adult thoughts and actions (think Richard Thompson's Cul De Sac), but mostly the humour resolves a kind of 'Kids say the funniest things' vein which gives the the humour a two sided aspect, one that both the parents and the children can enjoy.
Visually the block colouring and the simple yet iconic character design give this strip a distinctly Cartoon Network feel (Dexter's Laboratory, My Fairy Godparents etc). There is also a very subtle use of movement and expression in the strip which changes only slightly with each image therefore adding extra weight to the punchline.
Click here to go to the site.