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Comically Disturbing Cartoons

Joan Cornella's Comic Strips are Unsettling

— July 1, 2013 — Pop Culture
These disturbing cartoons from illustrator Joan Cornella are both hilarious and nauseating. Cornella combines morbid humor with a light-hearted illustration style, creating an effective juxtaposition that makes these works confusingly comical.

One comic strip in particular is absolutely hysterical, but needs to be looked over several times to experience the entire effect. The first panel shows what looks like a dog wearing a black wig. The panel then zooms out to show that it's actually a black-haired man standing in front of a dog. The panel zooms out again to show that the man is actually holding a dog puppet, while standing in front of another dog whose head is blocked from view. This keeps happening, until the final panel shows a dog standing next to another dog holding a puppet shaped like a man. By slowly revealing more information about the situation, Cornella has created a comic strip that builds in humor and makes for an interesting and enjoyable piece of art.
Trend Themes
1. Disturbing Humor - The trend of combining morbid humor with a lighthearted illustration style creates a disruptive innovation opportunity in the entertainment industry.
2. Juxtaposition Art - The trend of using contrasting elements in art, like Joan Cornella's comic strips, presents a disruptive innovation opportunity in the visual arts industry.
3. Sequential Storytelling - The trend of slowly revealing more information in comic strips creates a disruptive innovation opportunity in the storytelling and publishing industry.
Industry Implications
1. Entertainment - The entertainment industry can explore the disruptive innovation potential of combining morbid humor with a lighthearted illustration style in various mediums.
2. Visual Arts - The visual arts industry can embrace the disruptive innovation potential of using contrasting elements, like in Joan Cornella's comic strips, to evoke powerful emotions and reactions.
3. Storytelling and Publishing - The storytelling and publishing industry can leverage the disruptive innovation opportunity of slowly revealing more information in sequential storytelling to create engaging and captivating narratives.
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