We all need a good laugh every once in a while, and the best of us get our heartiest laughs from dark places. I say the best of us, because studies have proven having a dark sense of humor—defined as “humor that treats sinister subjects like death, disease, deformity, handicap or warfare with bitter amusement and presents such tragic, distressing or morbid topics in humorous terms”— is a sign of higher IQ. People who enjoy dark comedy also typically have lower aggression levels and are able to resist negative thoughts and feelings better than those who do not.
Which must surely mean cartoonist James Lecarpentier is a genius of the most chill variety. Lecarpentier employs the darkest of comedy in his short and sweet Good Bear Comics, which frequently go viral for their relatable, self-effacing/inspiring, funny/sad, pure/twisted subject matter.