Webcomic Wednesday – Invisible Breadon October 24, 2012 at 6:00 am
Invisible Bread is written and illustrated by Justin Boyd, and is one of those minimalist webcomics that largely features stick figures. The illustration here isn’t going to win any prizes, even if the stick figures are better drawn than the stick figures in many other similar webcomics largely featuring stick figures. Like most stick figure webcomics, Invisible Bread relies on the quality of its jokes to pull it through, and in this manner the humor is largely surrealist, and sometimes a little confusing. I’m not gonna lie, this webcomic probably isn’t for everyone.
Not all of the jokes really land, and many of them are the kind that elicit only a sotto voce guffaw. The ones that tend to not connect are largely about video games and playing tech support for a clueless mother. Other jokes tend to do better when they rely on absurd and surreal connections. I should hasten to add that this isn’t a bad thing. There is niche for surrealist observational comedy in this world that needs to be satisfied, and Invisible Bread does a good job of this.
Where the comic really shines, though, is when Justin uses it as a tool for his emotional catharsis. Subjects like dating, regret and social awkwardness are always gold mines for comedy because they deal with subjects that so many of us are familiar with. There are truths revealed in Invisible Bread that sting to the core of what it means to be human, and require a polite laugh to conceal the vulnerability it reveals in ourselves. Laughter is often the best medicine. Unless you have cancer. Cancer sucks.