Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Zalgo is an unusual internet phenomenon confined to a few select off beat forums and image boards. Its relevance here lies in its Lovecraftian edge. Readers unfamiliar with H.P. Lovecraft's works can brush up on the basics with this: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. The objects of Zalgo are mostly popular, innocent comics turned ruthlessly to the dark side of Lovecraftian horror--and humor. More than anything else, the Zalgo comics are further evidence of Lovecraft's shockingly strange presence in today's online communities. Some would contend that Zalgo isn't necessarily Lovecraftian at all. While it isn't always explicitly so, it certainly holds many of the features common to peripheral Lovecraftian parodies, which is good enough to place it in the realm of weird inspired humor.
The comic strips here are a just couple examples of this sideshow humor. The long running "Garfield" comic is given the Zalgo treatment, along with Ctrl+Alt+Del, a popular web comic concentrated on video games and technology.