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November 16, 2007

Les Douleurs de la Mort


If it helps, the artist captioned this one (more or less) The Pains of Death.

And from this same strip, a Comic That Made Me Laugh Out Loud that also qualifies for the Arlo Page:



  1. Panel 1: Death pushes the baby stroller down the hill.

    Panel 2: The stroller speeds away and Death waves goodbye to the baby having just presumably sent it to its untimely demise.

    Panel 3: The baby coasts to a gentle stop at the bottom of the hill, giggles, and waves back to Death. What a fun ride that just was!

    Panel 4: Death thinks, “Mondays,” and sighs, as he now has to trudge all the way down the hill and find some other way to kill the baby, which is probably going to make him late for his next “appointment”. These are the pains Death has to, er, live with.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — November 16, 2007 @ 12:27 am

  2. If we’re reminiscing through the PBF archives, I’ve always loved this one.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 16, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  3. The second one totally qualifies adn an Arlo! But I am guessing this is an internet only cartoon. Just guessing.

    Comment by Nicole — November 16, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  4. The PBF (Perry Bible Fellowship) does appear in a number of newspapers (including the Guardian), and magazines (including Maxim). But it’s so regularly Arlo—see here, here, and here—that I don’t think he “sneaks” anything past the editors (unless the editors are complete idiots), so much as finds newspapers and magazines that find sexual content acceptable. So I don’t know if these qualify for Arlo awards.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 16, 2007 @ 11:17 am

  5. Not sure why two of those link tags didn’t go through. They were


    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 16, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  6. Precisely right, Autumn.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 16, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  7. This comic was done in a different style than the other comics in the series. Specifically, this was done in Edward Gorey’s style of art. A large part of Edward Gorey’s work is very dark humor and often ends with the joke of the character dying. This comic ends with the joke of a failed attempt at dying, which is a very funny turnaround if you happen to notice the tendencies of both of the comics involved.

    My mom and I always enjoyed his book “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”, which is a very dark alphabet book!

    Comment by bAT L. — November 17, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  8. Explanation: The title of the strip, roughly translated, is: “The Pain of Death”.

    That can have two meanings:

    The one you expect: that death hurts.

    The one you don’t expect, and hence the joke: It hurts to be Death.

    Comment by Andy — November 29, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

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