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Deep Philosophical Questions

"Deep Philosophical Questions" is a digital work by Alan Bigelow that poses six philosophical questions, including, for example, “Does God exist?” and “Do trees have rights?” All comic animations are taken from the Golden Age of Comics, a collection of comics from the 1930s and 1940s. The user selects a question, and an animated comic strip appears that gives the answer through an absurd short story with dialogue written by Bigelow. Then the reader returns to the title screen for another selection.The colors have been enhanced and are brighter and sharper than the originals. After viewing the six questions, the reader is presented with an interactive advertisement in the form of a retro comic book.

The piece, created in Flash and enhanced with animation and sound effects, combines philosophy and comic illustrations to poke fun at "deep questions." The answers are comedic and indirect, providing ironic takes on serious issues. The question and dialogue seem to reflect a kitschy nostalgia of the 1930s and 1940s. In this philosophical atmosphere, logic and seriousness take a backseat.