You’re in for a treat if you enjoy reading comic books. Andres Colmenares, an Instagram artist, has been busy posting some nice and wholesome comics to divert us from whatever is bugging us. Cute creatures and diverse common objects come to life in the comics of the Colombian cartoonist, reminding us of what is truly essential.
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We reached out to Andres to catch up because it had been a long since we had spoken. He’s rather busy, though, because in addition to the comics, he’s working on the following projects this year: “One of them is a graphic novel that I’m really looking forward to reading. For the time being, the second project remains a mystery. I’m hoping to be able to provide more information on social media shortly!”
When Sharks Attack with Kindness, a book released by Andrews McMeel Publishing, was the most recent effort that was a huge success. “Shark, Avi, Guy, and a large ensemble of marine critters being good friends and helpful with each other, talking about everything that humans go through, but with an aquatic background,” says the artist.
In these comics, there are many distinct characters, and new ones are continually being developed, but there are also certain recurring characters in which the readers feel engaged. Andres told us that he’s attempting to have some characters appear more frequently, but that it’s “not simple for me since my ideas are all over the place.” Right now, the ones I’ve used the most are Shark and Avi (the shark and his tie companion) and Guy (a human who is basically a better-looking version of myself).”
Artists get their ideas from a variety of places. Obviously, the epidemic has prompted some artists to reflect on it in their work, and Andres is no exception; nonetheless, he typically avoids discussing the unpleasant events that are now taking place in the world or the difficulties that we must confront.
“I try to focus more on scenarios that people could feel and connect to,” he says, “but I leave it more open so that individuals can discover different interpretations to it.” Other times, I just make goofy comics, because my main purpose is to provide content that serves as a diversion from the constant barrage of negative news and negativity.”
Perhaps you’ve noticed, but many of these cartoons contain very little or no text, so what people take away from them is entirely up to them. Let us know what you think these comics are saying in the comments; we’d love to hear your thoughts! Also, don’t forget to vote up the comics that made you laugh.