A Softer World

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In the caves behind my house, I found a softer world. They understand what I had to do for love. They don't believe in restraining orders.

A Softer World is a Photo Comic, full of dark surrealist comedy and just plain weird stuff. Generally, Emily Horne takes the photographs and Joey Comeau writes the captions. The comics often focus on death, love, loneliness, or other similarly heavy themes. There are few if any actual characters, apart from Baby Doom (now deceased) and a small cat.

In almost every comic slightly cropped or zoomed versions of one photograph are arranged into 3 panels, with a short line of text over each one; the writing is usually divided into a straight line, a Subversion and an over-the-top punchline. A frequent variation will have a second punchline in the rollover text.

Shares a forum, Truth and Beauty Bombs, with Dinosaur Comics and The Perry Bible Fellowship.

Tropes used in A Softer World include:

"Childhood is the best part of life. So don't worry, kids. You won't be missing out on much." (Alt Text: "I honestly thought the iceberg would chicken out first.")

I took a bottle of pills when I found the photographs of them together / But instead of dying I pooped all over our bed / which is a funnier story, in the long run.

"I want people to tell their children terrifying stories about the things we did."
"For love."

If someone is nice to you but mean to the waiter,
A waiter killed my whole family.

"Operator, put God on. Yes, I'll hold."..."God? You're next."

"If you died, I would go through hell to bring you back. That would be easy. I'm not sure how to deal with us just drifting apart."

  • Trans Equals Gay: "No, I don't want to be a woman. What a stupid, limiting idea of homosexuality. I want you to be the woman."
  • Very Special Episode: Occasionally, the strips forgo jokes to deliver a poignant message.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: "If I could get a hold of a beautiful virgin girl, would I be summoning you in the first place?"
  • Write Who You Know: The authors have used photos of their friends.