Ben Zaehringer is the creator of Berkeley Mews, a hilarious webcomic that often spoofs pop culture and current events, as well as featuring more abstract humor. We talked to Ben about his comics, snacks, and Disney.
What inspired you to reimagine Disney like this, given the propensity for Disney reduxes in pop culture right now? Why does Disney make such a good base for humor?
Disney is a great place to go for comic ideas for a few reasons. Everybody knows Disney movies, so when I set out to do a Disney comic, I can expect most readers to know a little bit about the backstory already – like the nature of the Beast’s curse, or the rules of Cinderella’s magic spell. That saves me a panel or two of set-up.
Disney movies always have happy endings, so it’s fun to take them apart and put them back together in a way where things don’t go as planned, or in a way that exposes some troubling internal logic. I know Toy Story isn’t Disney, but I made a Toy Story comic that takes Andy’s relationship with his toys to its ultimate conclusion.