We can call the internet a place where we can take our minds off our daily struggles and find comfort in relatable things we can all share. You might argue, but comics infused with dark humor are a great way of dealing with the anxieties of life and finding little opportunities to chuckle about the absurdity of modern times, or simply sharing silly, random, and hilarious stuff you would never normally think of! These ones are for gamers, meme and pop culture lovers, and people trying to survive in these crazy times in general!

Estonian visual artist Mart Virkus lets out his frustrations about video games, pop culture, and everyday life in a form of nerdy and witty comics called Arcade Rage. His minimalist comic strips range from reviewing and capturing the essence and problems of the most popular video games to touching upon serious global topics such as mental health and environmental and social issues. The artist sums up his comics as “dumb jokes for smart people.”

Scroll down for the interview with the artist and follow Arcade Rage on social media for a regular dose of darkness!

More info: arcaderage.co | Instagram | Facebook | twitter.com

#1

Joker – Canada Edition

Joker – Canada Edition

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Moose Face
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2 months ago

Canada is great and our healthcare is good, but... mental health care kinda sucks. Thanks for the props, tho.

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Virkus, who has a background in anthropology, has been drawing comics on and off since he was a teenager, but took this hobby more seriously over the past few years. Bored Panda asked the artist about his inspirations.

“They are inspired by games, movies, memes, and other art in general. But also the things going on in the world, whether it’s corona or climate issues. The ideas come together when these two things meet. I just like layering in different meanings into a single comic. I guess it’s just the fun of finding new connections between art and life. Sometimes it’s about highlighting a more serious issue while not making it obvious, and letting the reader make that connection. So it’s like a mind game for both me and the reader. And other times, it’s just random silly jokes with no deeper meaning. Or just jokes about games I like. Above all, making these just makes me feel less anxious about the world and if it does that for others too, then that’s a win," said Virkus.

#2

Fallout Karen

Fallout Karen

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

There is not much of a country left once the nukes are done.

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#3

Who Dares Disturb My Rest?

Who Dares Disturb My Rest?

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Of course the leader is a cat. All hail, our supreme leader!

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The artist’s comics have an evident dark undertone, which he finds liberating.

“I think we all have a little monster living inside us, and it’s just fun to let them out every now and then—as long as it’s not hurting anybody. It’s also liberating because dark humor speaks to a less restrained and more honest version of ourselves.”

#4

2020 Is The Worst Year... So Far

2020 Is The Worst Year... So Far

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Hope Floats
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2 months ago

Here in the UK, I hear this 'alot', ' worse year ever', then yesterday I watched a documentary about the bombing of London, where children had no food, homes, their entire families had been killed.. Sort of puts 'inconvenience' into prospective...

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#5

Wifivirus

Wifivirus

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Guinny
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2 months ago

she should kill the teacher

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The most challenging part of doing any artistic and creative work is to balance highs and lows you inevitably come across in your path, and Virkus gave some advice on how to overcome it.

“Creativity is a double-edged sword. If you make something and it works, it gives you an incredibly powerful high. But I think a lot of creatives know that what goes up must come down—so the greatest challenge is getting through those low points. I find it helps to not feel guilty about feeling bad and riding that wave until you feel better. Then, as soon as I feel better, I start working on ideas, even if they seem crappy at first.”

#6

Slow Cooked Penguin

Slow Cooked Penguin

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Johnny
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2 months ago

They are as shortsighted as the actual humans who won't do anything about global warming. The whales will run out of food once the ecosystem that supports their prey is destroyed. Humans tend to be more concerned with the costs, but the one thing that's more expensive than reducing CO2 emissions is the cost of mitigating all of the damage from climate change (sea level rise, more severe weather, etc). But most of the politicians will have died of old age before society has no choice but to pay the costs, so they just don't care.

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#7

My Brain When I Need Him

My Brain When I Need Him

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Hans
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2 months ago

Relatable.

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The artist’s comics are dark, but cute, which he says can be a powerful combination, but the reason people enjoy his work is for the ability to “express complex emotions using minimalist means” and most definitely for the good chemicals, as “laughter is the cheapest drug out there (and healthiest).” This is why 31.3k Instagram followers keep coming back for more of Arcade Rage!

#8

Du Hast

Du Hast

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Sinkvenice
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2 months ago

Excellent Rammstein joke.

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#9

The Darkest Knight

The Darkest Knight

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

How should have ended

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The artist appreciates the wholesome feedback he gets, but the process itself is also very rewarding. “Positive reactions definitely help. But I also really enjoy hiding meanings and references here and there. It’s like playing a mind game with the audience to see if they catch a hidden message or a reference. It’s just fun to not be obvious and let the audience connect the dots. It’s like you’re in school and the teacher says something accidentally dirty and you look at your friend like ‘oh yeah, that happened and everybody knows it.’”

He says he loves when readers come up with their own puns and jokes after seeing his comics, and the comments sometimes are a “comedy goldmine.”

#10

Egg Hunter

Egg Hunter

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

It's the Easter Alien.

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#11

A Completely Innocent Meme

A Completely Innocent Meme

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Zintoki
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2 months ago

And now bored panda will be banned in China.

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Drawing is a great creative outlet as well as a form of self-therapy that helps to deal with what’s going on in the world.

“I also just enjoy the process of playing with lines and colors. I can be a bit hyperactive, so drawing helps to slow the brain down and gives it something to focus on. Of course, though not always. But art is a release—it’s a way to feel better about difficult things by putting them in a spotlight. Sometimes bad things happen and it’s important to talk about them.”

#12

Draw Your Sword

Draw Your Sword

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Hume
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2 months ago

Monty Python!

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#13

Netflix And Chill

Netflix And Chill

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Billie Templeton
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2 months ago

.....is that ice cream? Cause that's what I want.

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Virkus shared his proudest moments so far: “We did a comic with Toggl’s developers once about what it would be like to save a princess using programming languages—that was the first comic that went really viral. It was awesome, especially because we had so much fun brainstorming these jokes. One time I got a retweet from the president of Estonia. That was weird too.”

#14

What?

What?

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Miruku_Spilt
Community Member
2 months ago

This hurts so bad...

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#15

I Will Never Let Go Papa

I Will Never Let Go Papa

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John Doe AKA "READ MY DAMN COMMENT OR REPLY BEFORE YOU DISLIKE!" 2 months ago

I came all the way from Antarctica to get at you bitches!

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“Just roll with the punches and don’t assume other people are happier. Sometimes life sucks and that’s fine too. If you find something that makes you happy, then stick with it. Also, don’t be an asshole,” Virkus shared his ending thoughts we should all follow. The last part, in particular.

#16

Me At A Funeral

Me At A Funeral

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Billie Templeton
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2 months ago

Every. Time.

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#17

Sleeping With The Fishes

Sleeping With The Fishes

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people chan
Community Member
2 months ago

let the fishes inherit your savings.

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#18

Don’t Get Caught

Don’t Get Caught

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Miruku_Spilt
Community Member
2 months ago

Relatable

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#19

Every Fetch Quest Ever

Every Fetch Quest Ever

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Every RPG ever. Only that the eggs are guarded by a level 9 lich. And after that, get the flour from a lvl 15 dragon...

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#20

The Amazing Lion-Man

The Amazing Lion-Man

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider. He left that part out.

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#21

In Soviet Russia, Joke Kills You

In Soviet Russia, Joke Kills You

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Daria Z
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2 months ago

Tough time to be a wisecracker

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#22

Babushka Has Entered The Game

Babushka Has Entered The Game

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

That's how they do it in Belarus. Let's hope it will work!

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#23

The Most Toxic Game Ever

The Most Toxic Game Ever

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Miruku_Spilt
Community Member
2 months ago

When monopoly gets too serious

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#24

Should Have Told Him Sooner

Should Have Told Him Sooner

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Scarred for life.

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#25

Area 69

Area 69

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

The Galactic Council are plotting their next party location, how about that blue orb?

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#26

Gamers Are Quarantine Experts - Let’s Stop This Thing

Gamers Are Quarantine Experts - Let’s Stop This Thing

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Everybody Say Love!
Community Member
2 months ago

I can relate. Current lock down games: Minecraft, Outer Worlds, Ark: Survival Evolved, Overwatch and Grounded.

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#27

Rip Moustache

Rip Moustache

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LittleMissLotus
Community Member
2 months ago

Puberty stache!

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#28

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Bone

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Bone

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Miruku_Spilt
Community Member
2 months ago

No Harry! Don't!!

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#29

Kanye East

Kanye East

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Just imagine a world where Kanye is President of the US and Kim is First Lady *shivers*

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#30

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

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Daria Z
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2 months ago

The creeps must have no wings for a reason.

Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

their wings were too bulky for the pedo-van

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LittleMissLotus
Community Member
2 months ago

I like to think pervs like that don't get in, even if they are priests

b l a n c
Community Member
2 months ago

i don't think being a part of a church or praying guarantees your spot in heaven. you have to actually be good. also, i don't believe in heaven, but i still don't think just because you're a priest, nun or church attendee or whatever you're immediately a good, loyal human; it takes more than that

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Roberto Alfaro
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2 months ago

They are there on a technicality

Jace
Community Member
2 months ago

I know this is probably about pedo priests, but I'm not understanding it. Is the upper right panel the imagined "better place" while the bottom is the actual "place"?

Mandii M
Community Member
2 months ago

I think the upper right panel is St Peter(?) or whoever is supposed to gate keep heaven. So the angel-person is like, "Welcome kid! You're in. This way." And then the last panel is the kid seeing what's in there.

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Edward Hara
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just .... naasty!

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
2 months ago

Why are they in heaven tho

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 months ago

These pedophiles would most certainly not be in heaven

My O My
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2 months ago

This hurts

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