Meet Gramfel, a comic character that we can only describe as Garfield’s crushingly pessimistic brother. He darkens our days and makes us question our existence, but he’s kind of cute too.
Irish illustrator John Cullen, the mastermind behind Gramfel and all his nihilism, clearly isn’t too shy to parody America’s most beloved funny papers. Gramfel is a painfully obvious re-imagination of Jim Davis’ classic feline adventures. Drilbae, an earlier series, is a faceless, impaled edition of Scott Adams’ infamous Dilbert. Cullen goes by the pen name Nellucnhoj (read it right-to-left), a further testament to his unconventional humor.
Gramfel’s possible Russian identity only adds to his appeal. He speaks in choppy sentences, subtly implying a Russian accent, and is seen reading Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons in one frame. Regardless of his nationality, or his lack of sensitivity, something about this little box-bound kitty is undeniably charming, and we hope his path of destruction continues.