Sam Dealey was a regular cartoonist living a regular life, until his birthday, when he got cancer. If that sounds like the start of a great comic, it’s actually real life.
Woohooligan! is a collection of comics created by Sam Dealey, a self-described laughtivist. After his cancer diagnosis, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a full-time comic artist. The site is an assortment of one-gag strips and short stories, covering the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and slice-of-life, all with an undercurrent of humor. As a laughtivist, Dealey’s goal is to create conversations between people on difficult topics, using comedy to break the ice. From racism, politics, autism, gender equality, and everything in between, Woohooligan!’s comics venture into forbidden territory and rip social conventions apart, while making jokes too.
If you’re not a fan of comedy poking fun at religion, government, corporate business, and other large institutions, this isn’t the comic for you. While Woohooligan! is a satire comic, it doesn’t use the same dark humor and profanity as other satire franchises are known for. Even when writing the short comic Hellbent, featuring the Devil and his brothers, Dealey avoids explicit shock humor, using visual and written comedy to dictate the story. That being said, he isn’t afraid to use dick jokes, scatological humor, curse words, sexual content, and nudity.
Besides satire, Woohooligan! also has parody comics, mostly based off geek culture. One such example is The Secret Lives of Klingons, an in-depth explanation of Klingon society. Other topics include forum discussions on the latest technology, anime conventions, and anything else dealing with nerds and geekdom.
Dealey’s art is caricature-based, a normal theme for satire comics. The characters are largely drawn in simplified forms, with little details, allowing the reader to focus on the topics, rather than the look of the comic. Most characters are often drawn with little movement between panels, usually just a facial change or small hand movement, as characters and their dialogue are what drive the story, not the action. Some satire and parody comics take the exaggeration too far, so the subject matter is often unrecognizable, but Dealey strikes a perfect balance between remaining faithful to the inspirations and comedic embellishment.
As Dealey likes to say, “Laughing is the shortest distance between two people.” Read more at Woohooligan.com.