We humans tend to think that we rule the world because of our superior capacity to think and love. Other creatures on this planet are left with jealousy that they don’t have such talents and abilities. Or… maybe we assume that they don’t. Perhaps animals know more about us and the world we live in than we think.
Let us introduce you to Erik and his project “Bonus Context”. These comics depict our world from the perspective of animals, plants and things. It might surprise you how thoughtful and philosophical they can be.
After being asked what inspired Erik to create these illustrations, the artist replied that he doesn’t know exactly, but he “does find birds funny for no good reason.” We hope that you will find the comics as amusing as we do!
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Erik is an artist and a father of three kids from Sweden. According to the artist, he started drawing comics way later in life than he guesses most people do!
Erik has tried writing (novels, etc.) with mixed success for a long time. “I felt for a long time that I wasn’t a good enough artist to create comics (or any visual art), but eventually just forced myself to try! I can really recommend that. Don’t wait for something vague—the right time, inspiration or something else—just do it!”
The artist shared that he always loves it when his comics create a discussion. “If something I create can make people have a nice discussion or just think about something they hadn’t before, it makes me happy.”
While the artist is happy to know that his comics sparked a discussion, he tries to avoid forcing a message into anything he does—”if I can present a question or an issue where people can infer a message, that’s the best!”
We got curious about what makes Erik passionate about creating comics. The artist replied that he just loves comics! “I grew up reading mostly French/Belgian comics and I still love those. And comics are so good at conveying messages—graphic novels such as ‘Maus’ show that very clearly. And jokes, of course—the combination of text and visual comedy is probably what I appreciate the most.”
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