This Viral ‘Mad Magazine’ Comic On School Shootings Is Making People Applaud

The past 12 months Americans have seen an unconscionable number of victims of mass shootings. The massacre in Las Vegas was the deadliest mass shooting event in our country’s history. The Parkland shooting was one of the deadliest at a school. Somehow, MAD Magazine found a poignant way to satirize the current epidemic of gun violence in American schools and people are applauding.

A feature in the December 2018 edition of MAD Magazine went viral on Twitter this week. The four-page comic is a heartbreaking satire about school shootings in the style of Edward Gorey’s Ghashlycrumb Tinies.


Gorey’s Victorian Gothic children’s book shows a child who meets a gruesome death for every letter of the alphabet.

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The MAD feature depicts 26 fictional children who met an imaginary end by the very real scourge of gun violence in schools.


The introduction reads,

“In the classic and twisted ABC book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, illustrator Edward Grey famously killed off 26 children in alphabetical order—one death for reach letter. Each unfortunate event was as different as it was gothic—the characters were dispatched by every method imaginable, including bears, trains, and falling statues.

Sadly, times have changed and there’s basically one way that most kids seem to die now. With that in mind, we solemnly present… The Ghastlygun Tinies.”


The ‘Ghastlygun Tinies’ feature drew praise on Twitter, with the original retweet of the comic earning more than 44,000 retweets.

Comedian Patton Oswalt and the director of Coco and Toy Story 3 were among those who applauding MAD’s soul-crushing take on mass shootings in schools. You can subscribe to MAD here.

h/t: MAD Magazine