Misery Loves Sherman is a webcomic by Eisner award nominated Chris Eliopoulos. In it we follow the titular character Sherman as he makes his way through life. Which for poor Sherman is pretty tough as he is constantly being picked on by schoolmates, teachers, his parents and worst of all his little sister Fran.
The art reminds me a lot of Charles Schulz's Peanuts and when I think more on it the writing does as well. All of the characters in the strip seem to have a defining characteristic that separates them on the emotional scale.
Sherman = Misery
Zort = Ambition
Benny = Happiness
Fran = Agression
Dad = Disappointment
Mom = Love (if maybe a bit conditional at times)
Mort = Death
When I started thinking about the characters in their emotional roles the strip really took off for me. Which is not to say their isn't topical humour as evident by the strips on curling over the Olympics which are favourites of mine.
I recently had the chance to meet Mr. Eliopoulos at the Comic Geek Speak Super Show 2010. I took Anna to meet him as he also writes Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers which is a favourite comic of both of ours. He was really great to both of us.
I also purchased the first collection of the webcomic from Chris. The book contains the entire first year of strips and it reads really great in a collection.
The webcomic is still going strong and just recently reached it's 600th strip. As an added bonus this weeks storyline deals with coffee addiction which is a topic near and dear to my heart.