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What were you raised by wolves? by Vera Brosgol. Cartoonist Vera Brosgol has posted her startling, wordless mini-comic online. [Previously] [Previously]
posted by Fizz (32 comments total) 67 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was cool. Thanks for posting it.
posted by Aizkolari at 2:29 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Being raised by wolves sounds like fun up until the point when you murder your brother for mocking the wall of the your new city, then populate that city by kidnapping the wives of your neighbors. Then again, adult life is always more complicated than we imagined it as children, isn't it?
posted by Panjandrum at 2:30 PM on January 18, 2012 [16 favorites]


It was short and perfect. I wish more people would learn this lesson. One need not write endless serials/sequels just because an idea is good. Something self-contained and pure.
posted by Fizz at 2:30 PM on January 18, 2012 [4 favorites]


That's how I feel sometimes and I have two lovely human parents.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:35 PM on January 18, 2012


Much darker than i expected after reading the first few panels, great stuff.
posted by SageLeVoid at 2:35 PM on January 18, 2012


Yeah, it's a real story and not a gag strip. Quite something.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:41 PM on January 18, 2012


Okay, so the kid gets eaten by the only family you truly know, and so you leave them and go live with HIS family, who gladly take your weird bitey-ness in and enjoy happy-happy dinner time together? Without any agency coming down on the family and new weird kid like a ton of bricks?
Ending was good, however.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 2:41 PM on January 18, 2012


Brosgol is always great, in my experience. This was a really well conceived and executed piece--like Fizz posted, telling a short disciplined story is a great skill, and Brosgol has that in spades.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:41 PM on January 18, 2012


Really good, thanks Fizz.
posted by tumid dahlia at 2:43 PM on January 18, 2012


plate-o-beans, Old'n'Busted
posted by edgeways at 2:45 PM on January 18, 2012


A great find. Thank you for posting it.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:46 PM on January 18, 2012


Okay, so the kid gets eaten by the only family you truly know, and so you leave them and go live with HIS family, who gladly take your weird bitey-ness in and enjoy happy-happy dinner time together? Without any agency coming down on the family and new weird kid like a ton of bricks?
Ending was good, however.


I'm more concerned about the family making only the most cursory search for their eaten son.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:49 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was really great. Thank you.
posted by rtha at 2:58 PM on January 18, 2012


Raised by wolves?
posted by martinrebas at 3:01 PM on January 18, 2012 [4 favorites]


Beautiful. Thanks.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:20 PM on January 18, 2012


Very good. Thanks.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:25 PM on January 18, 2012


Interesting take on the undercurrent of savagery in civilization. You can take the person out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the person, apparently. Sometimes I feel that we have organized too quickly, outpacing our tribal base with disproportionately complex ad-hoc social systems. It would make sense to hit the pause button and retrofit these systems (i.e. change the "rules") to the human creature as understood by the sciences of anthropology, genetics, psychology, sociology, etc. There is a gulf of feasibility between systems premised on idealized behavior (cf. historical utopian failures) and that by which humanity inherently operates. In other words, society works best when it allows people to be people, rather than some unrealistically enlightened species of neo-homonid. Liberal society will only work when can biological divorce the cortex from the reptilian.
posted by troll at 3:26 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm more concerned about the family making only the most cursory search for their eaten son.

But they had already found a new kid! So it was a wash.
posted by neuromodulator at 3:29 PM on January 18, 2012


Nice find...thanks....
posted by HuronBob at 3:32 PM on January 18, 2012


Very good, very sad, very poignant. Reminds me of a story I once heard on Wiretap about a boy raised by wolves and a boy raised by monkeys (incidentally that was the ONLY episode of Wiretap that didn't suck, in my opinion).
posted by Doleful Creature at 3:33 PM on January 18, 2012


I'd seen this a while ago and forgotten about it. Thanks for pointing me at it again, and for the previously links to her other work.
posted by immlass at 3:37 PM on January 18, 2012


What was the kid in the supermarket aisle supposed to be doing? Jerking off? Have I just inadvertently psychoanalyzed myself here?
posted by cmoj at 3:51 PM on January 18, 2012


Supermarket kid pooped.
posted by gingerest at 3:56 PM on January 18, 2012


Is this a common problem?
posted by cmoj at 3:57 PM on January 18, 2012


This is fantastic.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:03 PM on January 18, 2012


If I owned a supermarket and you made the kid who gleefully shat in my aisle cry without striking him, you wouldn't have to hand in your apron afterwards unless the promotion I was giving you required you not wear one.


That snarked, I really, really liked this.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:13 PM on January 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


Supermarket kid pooped

Name of my new funk band.
posted by Fizz at 4:17 PM on January 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Awesome story, thanks for sharing.
posted by Vindaloo at 5:22 PM on January 18, 2012


I loved this, but I also love The Jungle Book, which I wish more people would actually read (the Disney movie has almost nothing to do with the book).
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:23 PM on January 18, 2012


Nice use of the skull & crossbones title.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:48 PM on January 18, 2012


Very nice! Thanks!
posted by Legomancer at 6:33 AM on January 19, 2012


If I owned a supermarket and you made the kid who gleefully shat in my aisle cry without striking him, you wouldn't have to hand in your apron afterwards unless the promotion I was giving you required you not wear one.

It's not clear whether the manager is frowning because he's firing her or frowning because she's handing in her apron and telling him to take this shitty job and shove it.
posted by straight at 11:45 AM on January 25, 2012


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