The series is sort of autobiographic, or at least pretends to be so. The protagonist, calling himself "H." (very Kafka) lives his life in an anonymous and veritably demonized metropolis.
|H. and the city.|
Amazingly few words and a few simple drawn digital brush strokes conveys the conflict effectively and sparked me with emotions. I had similar feelings when reading strips by the danish multi-artist Nikoline Werdelin, in particular her Homo Metropolis series, yet with the notable difference that her work is not as dark or autobiographic and rather pictures the absurdness of society as such.
Last Cereal is a tribute to depression, and when I recently rediscovered the site a few months ago, I realized, it is truely expressionistic. It portraits fears (here partially existential fears), but yet one finds beauty in the misery and plight. In expressionistic paintings you may have a white building in an elsewhere dystopian scenery (Marianne von Werefkin - Die rote Stadt); in expressionistic lyric you find humor which disarms an elsewhere apocalyptic scene (e.g. Georg Trakl - Noch ist Polen nicht verloren), in Last Cereal, this is embodied by the witty dialogues with the psychiatrist H. is visiting.
|H's psychiatrist, struggling with his patient.|
Last Cereal is highly recommended to anyone worshipping miserabalism and anyone who needs a break from happy go lucky narcissistic facebook culture.
The same author also created a comic www.escaped.it, again touching fundamental fears in life. The page, alas, was lost over time in the endless ocean of bytes in the internet. The wayback machine couldn't help either. Hope the author didn't get sued, some of the strips were quite gross.
Author seems to be ok, though, he seems still to be active on a related (but un-linked) forum. Perhaps someone should ask him to fix some of the links.
Just to prevent this mishap again, I made a backup of www.lastcereal.com for my own archives. And surprise... I discovered two un-linked frames: one of the strips has a 5th frame. Another lost frame is related to the Silent Serenade of Spirits, which appears to be dead - but it's not. :-)