If you’re not sure if you want to eat it or now, follow this link to find a handy-dandy flow chart, and find out how much you really want to eat bacon. Today’s weekend update is regarding flow chart humor. It’s not an avenue frequently taken by comic designers. Probably because in order to make one humerous, you have to take someone else’s joke, or a commonly known idea, and make it funny. Case in point, xkcd‘s 90’s Flow Chart. He’s taken something that probably everyone, at least the vast majority of those who are going to read his webcomic, are going to understand, and put it in a humerous flow chart form. Another webcomic artist to put this to good use is Asher Sarlin, creator of Elephantitis of the Mind, did a Pizza Flow Chart, however I think it’s merely coincidence that 2/3 of the examples so far have involved food.
This comedic medium really only presents itself for possible use in the webcomic or newspaper comic, because traditional comic books have many more pages which they have to utilize, and generally, they are telling a story more than creating humor. This does not mean none can be found there, there was an underwear advertisement, which I can not currently find, but was very similar to this. I am a big fan of this sort of ‘flow chart humor,’ I like the logical layout of it, and if done right, they can be pretty funny. They allow the reader to ‘get’ the joke at their own pace, and follow it through, imagining all the steps, of someone sitting there thinking, wow, do I want bacon? Let’s consult this chart. As a brief ending tangent, Asher Sarlin also did a pie chart for how the internet was used last December.
I always intend for these weekend posts to be short, just some rapid fire linking, but they always end up being much longer than expected. I will continue to update through Christmas, but they may be shorter updates, but then again, today was supposed to be short too, we’ll see. Two days till Christmas!