Elizabeth Pich and Jonathan Kunz, also known as the artistic duo War and Peas, continue to create dark and twisted but hilarious comics about weird situations, a slutty witch, and many more fascinating characters. They have gained huge popularity and are known by many people. The artists have over 800k followers on Instagram.
The comics are fantasy-inspired, but some touch upon subjects relevant today, like fat-shaming or ecological issues. The illustrations give a new, fresh perspective on these problems, while also making you laugh. Most of them can be quite inappropriate and have unexpected endings, but that's what makes them fun. You never know what you're going to get!
War and Peas release comics every Sunday. They started posting comics on Instagram in 2016 and reached popularity quite quickly. They even signed an international book deal with the publisher Andrews McMeel: the same publisher as Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, and many other webcomics known all over the world.
War and Peas have a book called “Funny Comics for Dirty Lovers.” So you can have their stories in your home. They also have a store where they sell all sorts of merchandise. So if you want a pin, a shirt, or your favorite comics framed on your wall, click here.
This is how they describe themselves on their website: "War and Peas is an ongoing webcomic made by two individuals, Elizabeth Pich and Jonathan Kunz. Bounded by fate and an obsession for carrot cake and alien movies, they roam the streets of their notorious hometown Saarbrücken, Germany."
We managed to get an interview with the creators of War and Peas. We asked them what other comics inspire them: "We rarely read webcomics since we’re not good at relaxing. When we do, we enjoy Extra Fabulous Comics and the works of Aminder Dhaliwal. Sometimes we stumble over our own comics and find them hilarious, too."
The creators described the characters featured in their comics, which they mentioned are like children to them: "We love them all dearly, although they misbehave often and keep us from getting a good night's sleep. All in all, they are good creatures of the dark realm."
"We started making these comics in 2011. We’re happy to say we’ve changed quite a bit since then. We’ve had the privilege to be able to grow individually, but also become more professional as a team. It’s still hard sometimes, because we don’t always agree, but it's good, honest work and we try our best," shared War and Peas about their development throughout the years.
We asked them to tell us what makes their comics different from others out there: "Well, for one, we are a duo. In this sense, there are always two brains pushing ideas back and forth. It helps take jokes to the next level and allows for a reflective process which is not possible for individual artists. For years, we’ve been witnessing webcomic artists emerging and leaving the game. As a duo, we are extremely stubborn and might just never stop making comics."
War and Peas share what the "amazing" year of 2020 has been like for them: "To be honest, dark humor weirdly feeds off of adversity, so when things are in turmoil, it’s sometimes easier for us to make jokes. But at the same time, we’re worried and sad and angry about the things that have happened, just like everyone else. So it sometimes takes a lot of energy to stay focused. At the end of the day, it is our job to make comics, and we try to get paid for it. Sure, the creative industry is really struggling and we’ve felt that too financially. But at the end of the day, we’re hopeful that people will always need to laugh."
They described people's reactions to their comics and some of the hate they receive: "Every time we get even slightly political, people seem to be upset. If people don’t agree with our values, they don’t have to follow us. We’re fine with fascist followers leaving our realm of laughter."
"It will surely change as we are changing, but we don’t have any abrupt changes planned. Life flows and War and Peas flows with it," said the creators when asked how they see War and Peas in the future.
"We’d like to share this quote from Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 'There are a great many people in the country today, who, through no fault of their own, are sane.'"
There are many other posts from War and Peas here on Bored Panda—if you want to check them out, click here, here, and here. If your favorite character is The Slutty Witch, we have a post all about her! What do you think of War and Peas' comics? Tell us in the comments and vote for your favorite ones!