Plenty of us love to read. Or say that we do. But finding the time to do so is, more often than not, much more difficult than we’d like. After a hard day at work or school, instead of snuggling up with a doggo, a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and a good novel, we usually end up being couch potatoes in front of the TV or computer screen.

Well, not to worry, because artist John Atkinson of ‘Wrong Hands’ has you covered. The illustrator created a series of cartoons that will help any lover of the written word catch up on the literature they missed out on. Whether it’s the classics or popular modern hits.

“I’ve always loved to draw even as a young child,” Atkinson told Bored Panda in an in-depth interview. “I studied Fine Art at University and after spectacularly failing as a famous artist, took up graphic design. The cartooning is a more recent endeavor.”

Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Atkinson. Upvote the cartoons that you enjoyed, leave us a comment with your thoughts about Arkinson’s drawings, and share this article with anyone who you think is in need of a good laugh.

Make sure to check out our previous articles about Atkinson’s witty cartoons here, here, as well as here.

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Kala Subramaniam 1 week ago

hey, I'd have chosen the talking frog as well!

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Avital Pilpel 1 week ago

Pun of the century.

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Ani Archeron 1 week ago

Romeo and Juliet. Othello. Antony and Cleopatra.

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“Cartooning is a great way to extract the silliness bottled up in my head,” the artist said during the interview. “Humor is subjective so it’s always interesting to read other people’s reactions to my work. I get a wide range of comments from “This is hilarious” to “You think you’re so clever, you’re not!” to “I don’t get it.”

Atkinson joked: “The last one is always my favorite. I usually like to respond “I don’t get it either.”

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Hi! 1 week ago

There is a complete misconception that belle has Stockholm syndrome SHE DOESN'T that is a different thing Belle didn't start falling for the beast until he treated her kindly and then didn't fall in love with him until she had departed. I don't really know how to explain this in written form. Maybe I am the only one that thinks this but I just had to say something! But the rest a pretty accurate and funny so kudos.

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ZANDA 1 week ago

beautiful

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IzzieM 1 week ago

And I go back for more every time!

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Bored Panda asked the illustrator to go into detail about what inspired him to draw cartoons about books. Here’s what he revealed: “I came across a survey a few years back that revealed about 60 percent of people pretend to have read books they haven’t and around 40 percent rely on movies and TV to feign knowledge of classic novels.”

He continued: “I thought it might be a funny idea to help everyone out and provide “tweet-sized” synopses of these classic books suitable for dinner parties or when you’re cornered at a function. They’re not intended to replace reading the actual book and I’m quick to tell students not to use them as book reports unless they want a solid D- or an F.”

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Kaisu 1 week ago

This is where the modern romcoms get their formula from

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Jacob/Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 1 week ago (edited)

I love that you threw Jim Morrison in there. Especially since he's one of the Doors...and we are talking about doors...

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Atkinson explained that he’s still posting new cartoons to his blog two times per week. What’s more, he told Bored Panda about his upcoming plans. Next year, he hopes to have a follow-up book to his current one (“Abridged Classics: Brief summaries of books you were supposed to read but probably didn’t”). “The follow-up will most likely cover movies and television and is tentatively titled “Abridged Cinema.”

The artist had some good advice for cartoonists and artists: “Don’t take yourself too seriously and if you’re in it for the money—get out now!"

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Sunzilla 1 week ago

Now called Tuesday! :)

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glowworm2 1 week ago

That was pretty messy!

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tuzdayschild 1 week ago (edited)

Zombie: heartbeat disabled brain hobbyist

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Ellen Turner 1 week ago

Takeuchi would have Strawberry Ramune, Tolkien would have Ale, and Arakawa would have Oolong.

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Kaisu 1 week ago

I'm gonna be that really annoying person and say that Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster

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glowworm2 1 week ago

The Moby Dick one is perfect!

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Daria B 1 week ago

Well, games are an interactive medium. If there's no action, people complain. Although, I personally prefer when I can stop and use my brain to solve the given quest. That's why I love the RPG genre. However, even in RPG, more and more games are focusing more on battles and less on other characteristics, and go for more action and less thinking.

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Ksenia M 1 week ago

I don't mean to spoil anything but that's true for all classical Russian literature.

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Tara 1 week ago

I laughed about this longer than I dare admit

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Night Owl 1 week ago (edited)

😂 "All hell breaks loose." 😂

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Sue Sanders 1 week ago

I can relate.

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glowworm2 1 week ago

Doesn't sound like much of a Twist or Great Expectations there.

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Night Owl 1 week ago (edited)

The correct answer is "everyone", in case someone was wondering

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Magpie 1 week ago

Oh no! My bookshelves Plural are stuffed with books i have read and like so much i can re-read many times and find different things each time.

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IzzieM 1 week ago

That pug has seen some things.

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Tara 1 week ago

I laughed so hard I could barely read them out loud

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tuzdayschild 1 week ago

It's always best to write what you know.

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Vicky Zar 1 week ago

Not everyone, yes everyone, not everyone

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Tara 1 week ago

D. Al of the above

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Andy Mutch 1 week ago

My favourite is Conan the Librarian

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