Clarice Tudor

Comics and Illustration

In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer was the first to deliver an important sentiment, “Ful ofte in game a sooth I have heard saye!”. In King Lear, Shakespeare concurs with Chaucer as he writes “Jesters do oft prove prophets”. The most common version of this adage appears in the Book of Roxburghe Ballads, “that many a true word hath been spoke in jest”.
Not only can humour be used to make heavy topics more comfortable, but I find it makes the audience somehow more willing to listen. Humour acts as the steel breastplate for self-expression. Honesty and self-expression are integral to this body of work. The comics are often confessional and autobiographical, and they are even occasionally self-aware. The part-digital and part-traditional illustration style is often combined with self-deprecating humour to explore the pretence and façade involved in everyday life.

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