Meredith Franco’s recent “Bunnies Good and Bad” post brought to mind another bunny: the suicide bunny. Perhaps visions of cute cartoon bunnies creatively offing themselves are not the thing on Valentine’s Day. Then again, perhaps they are.
British scriptwriter Andy Riley’s “The Book of Bunny Suicides: Little fluffy rabbits who just don’t want to live anymore” (Plume 2003) is a collection of delightfully devilish line drawings. Picture a hapless hare performing hara–kiri on Darth Vader’s sword or waiting patiently beneath a stalagmite’s ominous point.
The suicide-abroad moments are priceless. Death by Dutch windmill never looked so cute. Then there’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If all goes according to bunny plan, it will soon lean no more.
Riley puts out a weekly comic strip in The Observer. He’s also been working on the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” slated for release in 2008. For more suicidal bunnies, check out the sequel, “Return of the Bunny Suicides” (Plume, 2005).
We invite you to check out this slideshow of bunnies in death drive.