My Type of Humour.

The next day I brought some of my books which may help in terms of satire and have a minimalist aesthetic which could prove to be helpful.I mentioned these books yesterday but thought today it would be better to bring them in.

The Book of Bunny Suicides.

I have a couple of this series at home and brought the first one in today. It’s dark humour based on the various scenarios of rabbits killing themselves.

“Andy’s first book, this is a load of drawings of rabbits killing themselves in vastly different ways. It was first published in 2003 in Britain, but it’s now been published in translation in over a dozen countries. As most of the cartoons are wordless, it’s a pretty easy ride for translators everywhere. It was the subject of a highly unsuccessful book-burning campaign in Oregon in 2007.”

The Eye of Sauron & Pepper- Taken from The Book of Bunny Suicides.

The creator; Andy Riley is a cartoonist & screenwriter in Britain. His filmography includes:

  • Black Books (2005)
  • Veep (2015)
  • Little Britain
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Armstrong & Miller Show
  • Harry & Paul
  • The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (2012)

[“The Book Of Bunny Suicides — Andy Riley | Misterandyriley.Com”. N.p., 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.]

What I love about his work is after going through a few comic strips, the death of the bunnies gets more creative. In some instances pop culture is involved, various Rube Goldberg machines etc. With more books comes more creativity. In some you can’t see the bunny right away due to the white appearance and only partially the bunny in view. For our film we could implant this. Having a a character or a trait hidden only to be revealed at the end or even the idea of the audience knowing what happens without dialogue or explanation.


Teapot- The book of Bunny Suicides[Accessed 23rd Feb 2016]

Simon’s Cat

Created by Simon Tofield, produced by Mike Bell. Simon’s Cat features obvious a cat who behaves like all cats do. What started off as a viral hit became a virtual series as well as published books.  Simon’s Cat is now the number one animation channel in the UK, what makes the animation so successful is how relatable the relationship between the cat it’s owner are. The white principle is simple, again only highlighting whats necessary.

The Simons Cat Story (A Draw my Life) Accessed 23rd Feb 2016

I want my Hat back

Possibly one of my favourite books, I randomly found it in Waterstones a year ago. It’s a children’s book by Jon Klassen a part of a series dedicated to hats including Where’s my hat and the upcoming and last in the series ‘We found a hat.’

“Although your landscapes are often quite spartan and they make no attempt to be realistic, they do stand in for exactly what you need for your story. – [interviewee]

Right, they’re just symbols. They can get more complicated the better you get as an illustrator, depending on what the story needs them to be. The audience is always looking for symbols. You can have a beautiful illustration, but if it doesn’t have the symbols that simply communicate what you need to communicate, then they’ll get lost. It’s the same with film. You can have a beautiful sequence of shots, but if it’s not organized clearly, you get lost and the story’s gone. You’ve lost your audience, no matter how well you’ve done visually. It always has to have the idea behind it first.” – Jon Klassen

[“An Interview With Jon Klassen”. Art of the Picture Book. N.p., 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.]

I want my hat back by Jon Klassen – Accessed 23rd Feb 2016

What I love about Jon Klassen’s style is the minimalism with vibrant colours where needed. In I want my hat back the vibrant colour is in the hat, letting the reader identify the hat from early on in the story.  Also it so contrasting with the muted colours it shows a change of scene like in the video above [1.35 min] The grainy texture is something I think we could experiment with down the line when thinking of style. The other guys seemed to really like the book, so I think the book may end up having an impact in coming up with ideas.






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