Berkeley Mews' creator calls it a dark humor comic series that exposes the seedy underbelly of everything wholesome and pure. "It takes fairy tales and Disney movies and fond remembrances of childhood and turns them into horrible nightmares - but, like, in a fun way," Ben Zaehringer told Bored Panda.

Ben took some art classes in high school and at the nearby community college, where he learned life-drawing and basic anatomy. "We were also taught to draw cars," he said. "Cars are the bane of every cartoonist, so I'm glad that I was forced to draw them early." Now, he's using these skills to unleash his creative mind, and people think he's doing a great job. He has about 200K followers on Instagram and Facebook, and this number is constantly growing.

More info: berkeleymews.com

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Practical.

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"I've been drawing comics for as long as I can remember," Ben said. "My mom's cousin, Steve Moore, is a cartoonist, so right away I thought of cartooning as a vocation. My first comics were all in the style of newspaper strips, like FoxTrot and Peanuts, only bad instead of good."

"My friend Kevin Garvey and I would make comic books every day after school, by folding two sheets of paper together and then filling them in with comics. Mine were mainly parodies of Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, and Kevin's were these epic, super-funny space operas. When we were done, we'd show them to each other and to our friends. This was the best comics education I ever got. If you are an aspiring cartoonist, make a friend who draws comics (or make your friends draw comics)."

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S. 2 weeks ago

. . . oh

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The creator of the series said that disappointment is the main theme in Berkeley Mews. "When I'm writing I ask myself, 'How can something fun be made disappointing?' Recurring motifs include: God, Santa, love, death, childhood, and 90s pop culture references. Life moves fast, so I try to only riff on things that are timeless, like Disney movies that get remade every ten years."

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Just a logical conclusion. Animation movies have a dark twist if you just think them through...

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Grapeling 2 weeks ago

Slapped in the face by reality

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queen...<3 2 weeks ago

I got really confused, but then I saw the trash can lol.

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Love is just a mushroom away!

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Hans 2 weeks ago

I expected a giant cat overlord to sit on top of it.

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Hans 2 weeks ago

A job that has to be done.

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ZANDA 2 weeks ago

I love this

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Ouch

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Grapeling 2 weeks ago

.. which is a secret ticket to an unknown society where the dad stored his true will...

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Rissie 2 weeks ago

But. This is great advice. A generic strategy for finding information.

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Grapeling 2 weeks ago

Mom:...?

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Great one!

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S. 2 weeks ago

Me, except I always poke a small bruise to check that it is, indeed, a bruise which is small.

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ZANDA 2 weeks ago

awww

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Grapeling 2 weeks ago

*Immediately pinches self* nope not still dreaming

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Why is the mission impossible theme playing in my head?

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Wreathy 2 weeks ago

The paws....

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Wow, that escalated quickly. And evilly.

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Grapeling 2 weeks ago

Now let's hope one of you guys chokes on Maury!

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Sarah Panhorst 2 weeks ago

aw :(

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Hans 2 weeks ago

For an additional twist, the artist should have added cleavage to the bone...

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Finally.

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European other 2 weeks ago

Literally haha

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JeffC 2 weeks ago

This why ghosts are horrible at telling lies....we can see right through them haha!

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S. 2 weeks ago

Not too far from reality, often.

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Herb Eaversmells 2 weeks ago

Whats dark about this? I went to speech therapy for years as a kid and found the whole experience enjoyable. Its the only reason i speak without my horrible speech impediment I had

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