An apt “Sinification” of the very first rage comic ever.
Long a staple of Western internet humor, the rage comic has finally found a foothold in China via rage maker site baozoumanhua.
The rage comic, a classic four panel comic depicting day-to-day inconveniences and shared experiences, has been an internet standard for years – beginning (like most things) on 4chan before spreading far and wide via the likes of Digg, SomethingAwful and Reddit. We’ll refrain from rambling on in great detail about the comics as media usually does to explain it to the masses (this kills the meme), so the only thing to understand is they’re short, they’re stupid, and a large assortment of faces are preferred to text to get the point across.
We’re not exactly sure via what avenue the comics arrived in China, though two culprits could be rage comics’ popularity in Taiwan, or the prevalence of translated comics showing up on Weibo. In particular, one of our favorite Weibo accounts, fall_ark (who has 22,000 followers), has made it a pasttime to translate Reddit’s top voted rage comics for the Weibo crowd to enjoy.
Regardless of how they got here, many of the results are hilarious already, and we’ve translated a few gems below for your perusal. We tried to pick as many with cultural themes as possible, but unfortunately, many of them weren’t strictly related to China or Chinese culture (there goes the idea of writing your term paper on this). But in that disappointment lies the beauty and essence of the rage-comic — they cross cultures seamlessly by using the most common of occurrences — with the best and most universal requiring no text whatsoever.