Lots of us love art and unexpected twists. Combine the two together and you get ToonHole Chris’ hilarious and surprising comics.
We’ve collected some of his very best recent work with endings that we totally didn’t see coming. So scroll down, upvote your faves, and let us know in the comments which ones you liked the most and why, dear Pandas. And if you’re still craving for some more comics, check out our previous posts about Chris’ comics here and more ToonHole cartoons here.
ToonHole Chris’ real name is Chris Allison and he has been quietly creating comics for 10 years! He told Bored Panda that inspiration for a comic is like magic: “It can come from anywhere. A conversation, a book, an overheard conversation, a misheard word, or seeing somebody trip on the sidewalk. There are no rules!” Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Chris.
“Some of my comics are digital and some are drawn with analog materials (ink, watercolor, colored pencil), but I'd say on average take about 3 hours total from thumbnail drawing to the finished comic,” Chris revealed how long each comic takes him to make from start to finish.
The artist told Bored Panda that some of his oldest memories involve drawing for other kids at school. “I've always wanted to do art. My advice for anybody looking to make comics to make people laugh is simply: do it. There is no shortcut or secret path to get good at making comics other than making comics. Do good drawings, do bad drawings, do whatever drawings you can.”
He added: “Everyone falls flat once in a while (my comics probably more frequently than others), so don't beat yourself up about it. Failure is part of growth, not evidence of your potential. Keep finishing comics, and just try to make the next one even better! I'm still trying to do this. Right before I die, I'll make the perfect comic! I hope some of you join me for the ride.”
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According to Chris, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the community around him in Los Angeles very much. The artist said that his day to day life has become centered around him self-quarantining.
“I consider myself quite lucky though because I am one of the very few who have been able to stay employed. My animation day job has been unaffected as most of our work from studios is able to be done from home. I've worked in TV for 11 years (SpongeBob, Looney Tunes, Uncle Grandpa) and I'm working on my first feature film. After my work is done, I draw even more to make the comics you see here. Even though there is a lot of tragedy in the world right now, I'm trying to use my time to bring as much laughter as I can to people.”
Chris moonlights as a pretzel-loving comic illustrator at night, but during the day he works for Sony Pictures Animation. Previously, he worked as an artist at Warner Bros. It’s kind of a Spiderman/Peter Parker situation, don’t you think?
Over the years, Chris has created a solid fanbase for his work online. He has more than 88.8k followers on Instagram and nearly 10k people can’t wait to see his newest comics on Twitter.
After seeing a lot of his comics reposted all over the internet, Chris decided to step out of the shadows last year and created a selection of his favorite comics so that he see what people thought of them.
He posts his work on ToonHole along with 3 of his friends (Ryan, John, and Mike) who also make cartoons that even adults can laugh at. They used to post comics on their website and social media accounts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but decided to ax Wednesday when they got a large enough following online. The foursome have been running ToonHole together since 2010 and have created over 1k comics and some animations, too.