They Called Him Charles
Jerzy Łanuszewski, story; Ewa Ciałowicz, art
Europe Comics, 2020

This is a simple gag extended over an entire comic: somebody named Charles (it's clear that it is not always the same person, despite having the name in common) meets an untimely end. Most of the stories happen in a single six-panel page. Usually it is violent, and the only dialog occurs in the final panel: "They Called Him Charles." It's a surreal tour de force, and only near the end does the narrative narrow its focus to a single (page length) panel . While it is a bit reminiscent of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá's Vertigo series Daytripper, it has its own crazy logic, and Ciałowicz's art has a distinctly European look, full of simple shapes and primary colors.

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For some reason, this appeals to me.

I felt the same way when I read about it in Augie De Blieck's Pipeline Comics blog. Dark and funny at the same time. A gag strip about murder!

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