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A Month of Webcomics – English Majeure

All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different web comic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you web comic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

Today we look at a very new web comic, one that has only been around for about three months. Titled English Majeure, it is written and drawn by Keith Pille, and it involves one-off gags about books. Basically, it’s silly gags for well-read people. It’s been a lot of fun so far.

The concept of the strip really is as straightforward as this – Pille reads a notable book. While he reads, something will always come up that strikes him as amusing. He then takes that idea and writes a comic based on that idea. While straightforward, it is a good approach that leads to some quite amusing strips.

Since there are only eleven strips up so far, I’ll just share two with you!

Here’s his piece for Dune…

And here’s his piece for Norman Mailer’s The Castle in the Forrest…

Definitely funny stuff.

You should especially check out his Ernest Hemingway gag – a very amusing comparison between Hemingway’s idea of what a marriage should be versus Pille’s idea of what a marriage should be.

Here‘s the index of strips published so far – the most recent is a David Foster Wallace-inspired gag!


daniel the demon cleaner

May 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

Ha, now I actually want to read that Norman Miller book

daniel the demon cleaner

May 11, 2011 at 4:31 am

I mean Mailer. Sorry about that

RIGHT ON, thanks a ton for the spotlight! 2 quick things, though: most weeks, I actually get 2 English Majeure strips up, so you usually don’t have to wait a full week if one’s not to your taste (or if you just can’t wait to bask in more raw awesomeness). And I don’t think I’ll be limiting myself to one strip per book- I’ve already got two Atlas Shrugged strips up, and I actually have an idea for a second LotR strip (I just wanted to space them out a little). Anyway, thanks for the kind words.

Oh, and daniel: trust me, you don’t. If you do, you’ll want a pretty heavy-duty supply of whiskey to get you through it.

daniel the demon cleaner

May 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

Keith: Demons, boners and whiskey. Sounds like a great combination!

Oh, and I don’t know if you hear this very often, but i kinda like your art in those strips. Seriously, you know stuff like body language and facial expressions. Yup, that’s some nice lo-fi art.

Aha, I see I mis-read your initial e-mail, Keith. Cool beans. I’ll just edit that stuff out of the piece, then!

As a Dune fanatic I cracked up at that.

Is Majeure, like, some great spam word? For whatever reason, this post is attracting a TON of spam.

I don’t think so- but I guess now that I think about it, “force majeure” is a legal term, so maybe it’d attract lawyer spam.

Sorry about that, I feel like I gave CBSG bedbugs.

Ha! Nah, it’s not like you did anything wrong. It’s just super weird how much spam this post is collecting.

Here’s two samples from the last couple of minutes:

“Getting a Car Loan With No Credit” and “India pledges another $500 mn to Afghanistan, discusses terror post-Osama | FEED NEWS”

Soooo weird.

I’m loving these webcomic articles. TAll I ever really knew about were CTL+ALT+DEL and Order of the Stick (both awesome comics). Now I have a few more to add to my list :-)

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