The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan
By Ms. Laura Howell
You know, sometimes I really wonder how people come up with their ideas. I mean, turning Gilbert and Sullivan into super deformed caricatures of themselves who keep getting into fights with robots and monsters is one thing, but turning Gilbert’s wife Kitty into a cat girl? Bizarre.
I have to admit that I know almost nothing of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work (other than what has been parodied in Animaniacs and other cartoons), but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this comic’s blend of late 19th century values, Japanese style/artistic sensibilities, and British weekly humour comics. In the various comics contained within Gilbert and Sullivan face ninjas and a giant robot (made up of Japanese girls) out for revenge because of The Mikado, that jerk Thomas Edison, magic curses, and women’s education, amongst others.
It’s strange yes, but the absurdity combining the various elements works surprisingly well. I even learnt some things about Gilbert and Sullivan that I hadn’t known before (though that wouldn’t have been that difficult). Apparently there’re loads more of these, I’ll have to check them out.