Existential Comics

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Existential Comics
Author(s) Corey Mohler
Website http://existentialcomics.com/
Current status / schedule Active
Launch date December 2013
Genre(s) Philosophy

Existential Comics is a webcomic about philosophy created by Corey Mohler, a software engineer in Portland, Oregon.[1] Mohler, who has an amateur interest in the subject rather than an academic background, created the comic in December 2013[2] in an attempt to help popularize philosophy through comedy.[3] The comic tends to depict philosophers of different backgrounds and often has them interacting and arguing with each other.[4] It also gives textual descriptions of the jokes and associated philosophy to help educate readers.[5]

In May 2018 Mohler drew attention from Elon Musk after calling him "the villain from Atlas Shrugged". Musk angrily responded during SpaceX's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket.[6][7] Mohler later published a comic about the incident.[8]


As the name implies, existentialists are often featured in the comic.[9] The four here, Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre, have all been featured multiple times.[10][11][12][13]

The comic has covered over 120 philosophers, examining a wide variety of thought from Pre-Socratic philosophy to contemporary philosophy.[4] Mohler has described both Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir as his favorite philosophers.[5] Alongside existentialism, Mohler has also written extensively about Stoicism.[14]

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  1. ^ Middleton, Zach. "In May, A Portland Comic Creator Got In A Twitter Beef With Elon Musk". Willamette Week. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ "How to Make a Philosophy Comic: An Interview with the Existential Comics Guy". Critical-Theory. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  3. ^ García, Déborah (2017-11-24). "La filosofía explicada por Teminator: llega el cómic que arrasa en Internet". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  4. ^ a b Cleary, Skye. "Existential Comics: Interview with Corey Mohler". Blog of the APA. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b Rothfeld, Becca. "A Webcomic for Your Existential Angst". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ Handlin, Taia. "Existential Comics on Elon Musk, Ayn Rand Villain". BTRtoday. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ Spencer, Keith. "Why is Elon Musk so bad at Twitter?". Salon. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ Mohler, Corey. "Elon Musk: Greatest Man Alive". Existential Comics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  9. ^ Blumenfeld, Zach. "Existential Comics: The Best And Funniest Way To Learn Philosophy On The Internet". Paste. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Soren Kierkegaard". Existential Comics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Fyodor Dostoyevsky". Existential Comics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Friedrich Nietzsche". Existential Comics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Jean Paul Sartre". Existential Comics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Existentialism & Stoicism: An Interview With Comic Artist Corey Mohler". Daily Stoic. Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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