Super Emo Friends
The lives of superheroes are devastating, if you really think about it. It's a wonder how any saving the world gets done when, given what they typically go through, your favorite comic book character should be curled up in a ball in their bedroom listening to The Cure. They should be completely incapacitated by their own deep sadness at all times.
J. Salvador gets it. The Los Angeles-based artist is the man behind Super Emo Friends, a collection of paintings featuring pint-sized versions of movie and comic characters whining about their miserable and depressing lives. His work is simultaneously adorable and heartbreaking. A dejected looking Gizmo
cries out for a bath. A super sad Superman admits he never knew his parents. A bereaved Harry Potter
confesses he just wants his family, and Jar Jar Binks
dangles from a rope because he is hated by everyone, everywhere.
"I did it to cheer myself up," Salvador told the San Antonio Current
. Whatever works, right?
His first subject in 2009 was the poor, sad orphan everyone knows as Batman. An initial series of 12 paintings garnered an immediate positive response, despite the sad subject matter. At the request of friends, Salvador began to sell prints of his original work online. Soon the prints went viral. Super Emo Friends was lucrative enough for Salvador to quit his full-time in marketing. He now sells his work at roughly 25 cons a year.
For Alamo City Comic Con, Salvador made a special Pee-wee's Big Adventure
print depicting the famous "There's no basement at the Alamo" scene in honor of San Antonio.
Prints are available for purchase at superemofriends.com
. You can follow Salvador both on Twitter