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2021 - Shortlisted
Burger Force 4 is part of a comic series that celebrates and exposes crimes against pop culture. The series features the Burger Force team and outlier Mercury, who operate as undercover agents from a burger restaurant. Episode 4, ‘Punishment’, focuses on the investigation of Mr Twister, a failed stand-up comedian, who is murdering his hecklers. He is the source of much of the ‘dead funny’ humour, leaving his victims in contorted positions that represent bad puns such as ‘dead on time’ and ‘highly strung’.
Jackie Ryan’s storytelling is sharp and sophisticated, with several perspectives intercut into the main narrative through words and visual panels. The characters are given verisimilitude through their stances, body language and facial expressions. Characters and settings are expertly digitally and manually altered versions of real people and places. The cutting humour and quality of the writing and graphics warrant its inclusion in the shortlist.