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Apr242011

337. The Return of the Bunny Suicides. 

I've written about one of my favorite exercises to give students before, one that helps build divergent IQ by solving one problem in as many ways as possible. (Simply put: this is the type of IQ we use when we solve creative briefs.) I show the students Andy Riley's wonderful little series, The Book of Bunny Suicides: Little Fluffy Rabbits Who Just Don't Want to Live Any More. And then I give them an hour to come up with as many suicidal bunnies as possible. No, this isn't the most PC assignment ever — but it is one of the most memorable.

For the past few semesters (quarters), I've had the students concept in this way and then I pick the best suicide scenario from that batch. But it doesn't end there. I put up what I get paid for teaching one class for any student who can beat the best suicide from the early set, in a round-robin, rolling tournament. Now, let's be clear - that's not a lot of money, but it's enough of an incentive to try to kill some bunnies for sure.

This quarter I'm teaching a spring session of Miami Ad School's Everything is Media course, and I thought I would give the same assignment, but this time open up the voting to the general, design-blog-reading public. So check out the gallery of the 15 bunny suicides and let us know which one you like the best in the comment section below. After we choose a winner, let's set the deadline of next week April 30th, we'll see if anyone can beat that champ over the next few weeks. And maybe one day, Andy Riley himself will help choose the winner. Andy, if you are reading this, let us know what you think (and thanks for not suing us for using images of your wonderful work. I do encourage everyone to buy your books.)

Thanks for voting.

MAS Spring '11 Bunny Suicides Round #1: (FYI: You can click-and-grab the images to see the entirely of the sketch.)

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Reader Comments (24)

one for bunny_arizona & hot dog contest
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdash
I vote for the hot dog eating contest.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElisa
My top 3 are
--"Duck-Hunt Bonus Rabbit"
--"Mentos and Diet Coke Debacle"
--"Hulk-Squish!"

I Love this Idea!
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoey
Mexican bunny in Arizona. Nice.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen
Diet Coke & Mentos ! Deadly...and educational.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlster
I like the Ice Block because it's the darkest to me. A slow and painful death for sure.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess
"will it blend?" and "welcome to arizona" get my vote.
April 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermike wolfsohn
btw, there are only 30 days in april! ;)
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Oh, yeah. I never could remember that rhyme... thanks. Updated per.
April 25, 2011 | Registered Commenterjj
Batting cage bunny is my vote.
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWello
blended bunny
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermer
diet coke & mentos rocks!
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermiss a
1- will it blend; 2- arizona; 3- mj's doctor
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwill
Arizona and Duck Hunt!!!
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark
WILL IT BLEND BUNNY rocks!
April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheska
1/3 vote for Arizona
1/3 vote for Ice block
1/3 vote for Mentos

All good. These 3 just gooder than others.
April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGR
my vote goes for "will it blend?"
April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercb
Coke and Mentos please and thank you!
April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMCC
How totally cool! Love these. My favorites:

1. Bunny_Mentos (for the pop culture reference)
2. Bunny_Grabby (for being so delightfully inappropriate)
3. Bunny_Bloods (for giving a joke on a joke... the sort of thing that's only possible in a series)

Great work, Graphicology! We are all your students.
April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSally Hogshead
Bunny-bloods
Bunny-Mentos
Duck Hunt
April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRick Messer

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