If you are one of those people who finds it difficult to say if the glass is half full or half empty, you might have a new term to describe yourself—Optipess. It's a word made up out of two contrasting mental attitudes—optimism and pessimism—that can actually coexist in the universe of this Norwegian comic artist, Kristian Nygård. And the result is entertaining comics that are sometimes funny and silly, sometimes sad, and hit us right in the feels. The artist's name might ring a bell for any pandas who have been around a while, because we first featured Nygård's webcomics that explain depression over 5 years ago. Fast-forward to today—he's still turning his random ideas into witty comics drawn in his own distinct style. His topics range from mental health and social issues to pop culture and gaming, so everyone can find something they will enjoy and relate to.

"I wanted the name of my comic to somewhat describe the content, so the word Optipess is a combination of the words optimism and pessimism and I hope the comics will feel like juxtapositions of the two terms. The resulting comics are then hopefully sometimes silly and sometimes dark, or with elements of both," Nygård told Bored Panda.

More info: Instagram | patreon.com | optipess.com | Facebook | twitter.com

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how you like them aples

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This one had me in stiches!

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Nygård started creating Optipess in 2007 and a year later, he put his first comic online in English.

"I started doing them to have a creative outlet and now, over 12 years later (!) I wouldn't really know how to stop," Nygård told Bored Panda. "Usually I try to hone in on whatever is on my mind and make it into a comic. (Then, if I'm lucky, I won't have to think about the particular topic anymore!)"

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hahahahah....

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(edited) This one is also sad in its own way

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We asked Nygård about his inspirations.

"My favorite moment of inspiration is right before I fall asleep! Which can be treacherous if I don’t force myself to write down whatever I start thinking about. Also, ideas come from being intensely interested in a subject, then being intensely bored so you’re forced to process the information in another way. Don't underestimate boredom!" Write that down, bored pandas.

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AzKhaleesi
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So that's where they're all at

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Aj Grimes (them/they)🦄
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YESSS! Fight those homophobes away.

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Here's how the artist describes his comics on his Patreon page: "It’s a comic which is sometimes sad, sometimes silly, but hopefully always entertaining. Optipess is usually about most things between romance and Cthulhu."

The artist says his webcomics are "devoid of continuity, character development, story arcs, logic, and wit," which is a very humble way to describe artwork with a unique sense of humor liked by thousands of people across social media.

However, you can spot a recurring character in Nygård's comics who is based on him and calls him "somewhat of a punching bag in a particular strip." The artist says that the main reason he sticks to the same character in non-character-driven comics is that it makes the drawing process much easier and the comics more recognizable for readers.

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OML I HATE THIS SO MUCH (EDIT: Sorry, I phrased that badly, I mean that I really hate it when people do this. The comic itself is good)

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The artist admits he is an avid movie, video game, and music fan on "moderate, passionate, and obsessive levels, respectively," which reflects in his comics. Various pop culture characters such as Batman and villains from horror classics such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Frankenstein's monster (by the way, learn the difference between Frankenstein and the actual monster in one of the comics) make an occasional cameo in Nygård's humorous comics with dark undertones.

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mph seti
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3 months ago

Yup. Makes me think of the US's gun homicide problem, and the typical governmental and cultural reaction. But the whole "thoughts and prayers" (ie: doing nothing) extends way beyond just that one type of tragedy.

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really now

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"I’ve always been a sucker for dark humor and I like to play with the notion that every situation, no matter how happy and cheerful it might be, it also has an alternate darker side when seen from another perspective. This also goes for the other way around, a dark and hopeless situation for one part might be completely joyous for someone else, and in the intersection between cheerfulness and despair, there’s room for a lot of hilarity."

Although it looks like Kristian Nygård puts his funny random thoughts into well-drawn strips of comics, some of them are deeper than they might seem. He often uses humor to cleverly speak his mind and struggles about serious topics such as mental health, technology, LGBTQ+ rights, politics, and other things that are wrong with our society.

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Bob
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But cherries are DELICIOUS!!

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This is kinda sweet

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Nygård shared the most challenging and rewarding things about creating comics: "The writing is by far the most challenging, and I have to keep pushing myself to try to go the extra mile when coming up with gags. It’s all too easy to settle for the first and easiest punchline, so the times when I’ve managed to push a concept to the most logical and hopefully best conclusion are the most rewarding."

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Brielle DeSenneville Freano
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aww

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oh my.....

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Nygård previously told Bored Panda: "I’ve discovered that by succeeding in sharing something genuine—presented in a true and honest way—it will inevitably always resonate with someone, somewhere." Being online for over ten years and having made over 1000 comics, he seems to know a thing or two about creating honest and relatable content as he now has 149k followers on Instagram and over 16k followers on Facebook.

"The reactions I get are usually all over the place, so I try not to get too caught up in what people are saying. Of course, I love it if people have positive reactions, but if someone says the comics are 'too dark' I can totally see that, but I choose not to let it affect me in any way."

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3 months ago

Lol

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Prove them wrong

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The artist hopes that he's able to convey his worldview through his comics and that his voice is recognizable even if the comic is drawn in a different style and features different characters.

"First and foremost, I hope people are amused by them in some way," Nygård said about the effect on people he wants his comics to evoke. "But in addition, I hope I can expose and articulate a truth the reader already knew but wasn’t aware of—even if the particular comic might be a poop joke."

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gross

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Haha

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So far, the proudest moment in Nygård's career was an Optipess book released in late 2019 in Norway.

"I’m super proud of that, but I’m hoping to top that at some point. The comic has also been in print in various publications over the years (it’s currently in the Norwegian Nemi magazine!) and I always get a kick out of seeing my comics in any kind of physical form."

Drawing comics is not the artist's full-time job, but he says he would love to dedicate more time to it, and you can actually be a part of this wish! Consider supporting Optipess on Patreon as it "truly means the world" to Nygård.

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Imposmate
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3 months ago

how nice

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mph seti
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3 months ago

Anti vaccine, much like anti mask, is really about selfishness. Some people are so selfish, they'd risk the health of everyone around them (as well as their own, and that of their families) just to 'protect' THEIR FREEDUMB!

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To wrap up, Nygård shared his recipe for overcoming creative block and a piece of motivation for upcoming artists who would like to succeed online!

"Keeping up motivation, especially these days, can be hard, but I firmly believe the alternative of NOT having a creative outlet would feel even worse. So whenever I feel blocked and can’t really come up with anything I’m excited about, a way out is to just to finish something even if it’s probably not perfect. A half-decent to OK comic is better than no comic at all, and usually, it helps me to jumpstart into the next comic. Related to that, for upcoming artists, the best thing is to just start and finish something. Chances are it is probably not amazing (of course, it CAN be!), but at least it’s done. Rinse and repeat, and along the way, people might fall in love with you."

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3 months ago

when your mom types p into google search

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those are spider eggs kids you might not want to go there

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For more funny comics with unexpected twists, you might want to check out some of the recent comics by great artists featured on Bored Panda. Here are cute comics by Ryan Pagelow that become not-so-cute when you reach the twisted ending; Tony esp ends his comics in a weird and unexpected way; Cameron Spires, known as goattoself, draws completely absurd, but hilarious strips; and Super Combo Deluxe creates random and offbeat comics you might also like. Enjoy!

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Lorelai Purvis
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3 months ago

i would be like "I'M FROM THE FUTURE I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIVES GET OFF THIS SHIP RIGHT NOW!! IF YOU DIE, IT'S YOUR FAULT!! BYE!"

M O'Connell
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3 months ago

Nobody believes the raving madman in weird clothes. Haven't you seen that movie?

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Bacony Cakes
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3 months ago

*grabs the captain by the collar* HEED THE WARNING, YOU DUMBASS!

Mintchinchilla
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3 months ago

YESSSSSSSSS

Elaine Tabor
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3 months ago

Lots of people say they would go back and save the titanic but even if it did not happen to the titanic then it would just happen to another ship

Bryn
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THE TITANIC SUNK TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD

Jayne Kyra
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3 months ago

Final Destination vibes...

The Coated Dev
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3 months ago

i'd invest in the stock market

Googleman1234
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2 months ago

I genuinely cant tell what this cartoonists political beliefs are

Robert Thompson
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3 months ago

The number of upvotes that this one has says something about the type of people who spend the most time here on bored panda.

Philly Bob Squires
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3 months ago

This is gold right here...

Amy Begun Saab
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3 months ago

Awesome

THOR
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3 months ago

thats the same amount of comix in here

🥵🤬🥰your.local.sweetheart🥰
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3 months ago

lmao

...
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3 months ago

Trump = messiah

Dreamwolf
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3 months ago

I'm not a big fan of Biden either. I know I will get downvoted but he is sending all soldiers and contractors, including my dad, back to Afghanistan 2 weeks after they got back.

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The people in Southampton uk are unlikely to vote in a us election

Doob
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DO VOTE DONALD

Logic and Reason
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3 months ago

Seeing as this was 104 years ago, they’d be dead people voting. But in this case, it wouldn’t be an irrational conspiracy theory.

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Why would anyone care? They would be dead before they could even vote for him-

Aroace tiger
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The point is that we expected him to warn them about the titanic but he didn't

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3 months ago

I don’t get it

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Anthony Goldstein (female)
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3 months ago

wouldn't be suprised.

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Ryan Michaud
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3 months ago

Oh how karma has grown.

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Mintchinchilla
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3 months ago

A N G L E S

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3 months ago

just time travel pff.

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3 months ago

omg lol

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Lorelai Purvis
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3 months ago

i dont understand some people's problem with gays or bis. love is love and some people still need to learn that.

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3 months ago

Lmao I wish I could do this

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3 months ago

so smart

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Nora Sands
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3 months ago

noooo garfeild

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Anna Repp
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3 months ago

Me!

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Combine Elite Soldier
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3 months ago

woahh

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The things we do do parties....😑😑😑

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Eva Schmutz
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this is so sad

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Anthony Goldstein (female)
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oh behave!

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Aj Grimes (them/they)🦄
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3 months ago

AwwWwww!

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Abby S.
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3 months ago

Uhhhhhhh

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Luna
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3 months ago

No not the flightless animallllssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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Combine Elite Soldier
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3 months ago

He seems interested

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Men don't read the instructions anyway:)

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Man-Spider!!!

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3 months ago

What a terrible father.

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PeachthePan
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3 months ago

awe.

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3 months ago

.... wut

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Luna
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3 months ago

It's worth it tho

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