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explodingdog is the name of a web site run by Sam Brown, pseudonym of Adam Culbert.[citation needed] From 2000 to 2015, viewers e-mailed Brown short phrases for inspiration and he illustrated certain ones. The drawings are usually rendered digitally and are known for their simplistic style, and their poignant and sometimes unexpected take on the phrases on which they are based.


explodingdog was started in 2000.[citation needed]

Sam Brown has published limited-run print books of his explodingdog illustrations. He also sells merchandise with explodingdog illustrations and prints of the daily drawings to help offset costs.

Themes and Visual Motifs[edit]

Like many artists, Sam Brown uses many recurring themes and visual motifs in his explodingdog work.

A short list of visual motifs:

  • Stick figures
  • Red robots
  • Fish (frequently yellow)
  • Stars
  • Clouds
  • Monsters
  • Menacing cityscapes
  • Snakes
  • Ducks
  • Dogs
  • Dictators
  • Orange cones, which are, apparently, a game of sorts
  • Rockets

A short list of recurring themes:

  • Loss
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Loneliness
  • Menace
  • Confusion
  • Freedom


Over the years, there have been a number of different artistic projects inspired by explodingdog. These sites usually utilize the same "submitted by random people, and selected for inspiration" concept that explodingdog pioneered.[citation needed]


  • Whispered Apologies — An inversion of the explodingdog format in which artists submit comics to the site, and writers give the submitted comics text.
  • Boring3D
  • Diesel Sweeties – Traditional webcomic
  • NatalieDee – Daily webcomic
  • Critter Cuddles - Publishes a webcomic daily with daily drawings by email.

Music sites[edit]

  • Song Fight! — Originally started as a musical explodingdog spinoff, now a songwriting contest between multiple artists.
  • Request-A-Song.com The artists at this site took song title requests and turned them into original songs.
  • Songs To Wear Pants To this site will take any user submission of text/genre and turn it into a song.

External links[edit]

  • explodingdog
  • July 2001 Interview at The Morning News
  • Three Imaginary Girls, July 2004
  • gel talk, May 2003
  • Austin Chronicle, March 2005[permanent dead link]
  • Bostonist, July 2006
  • NY Times, April 10, 2003
  • Wired, Nov 2000
  • O'Brien, Danny (2006-02-26). "The tooniverse explodes". The Sunday Times. p. 27[S].