Executed in stark black and white, Franquin’s loose-but-meticulous linework features expressionistic shadows and silhouettes that infuse his depressed, repressed, and oppressed characters with a disturbing manic energy. Die Laughing takes aim at everyone and everything in this scathing critique of modern life, but is particularly ruthless toward animal abusers, the military industrial complex, and death penalty enthusiasts.
Prepare yourself to be exquisitely uncomfortable. Businessmen skipping merrily across the bodies of workers to get ahead, racehorses murdering their jockeys, fighter jets turning into excrement mid-air, cannibals in love: Die Laughing is filled with visual gags and gag-inducing visuals that will haunt you.
“Franquin is a great artist. Next to him, I’m just a mediocre cartoonist.” — Hergé (Tintin)
“Franquin’s jokes are destructive in their whimsy, taking aim at the whole of humanity. This conceit of shared doom is what makes Franquin’s satire so satisfying.” — The Comics Journal