"The Jenkins" is a comic about three brothers who live in their parents' basement: Barney, Butch, and Junior Jenkins.

There were nearly 600 strips depicting the brothers' lives between 2016 and 2019. Around the year 2020, the comic expanded to include a larger number of independent strips, which are now published on a more irregular schedule. The artist has also released a book which is an anthology of the first 300 Jenkins comics which was later followed by a sequel containing the rest of Jenkins' brothers freewheeling adventures.

That being said, the author currently has over 72K people on Instagram following them, as their work brings smiles to people's faces.

More info: Instagram | thejenkinscomic.wordpress.com

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

Counting 🐑 never worked for me.

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Bored Panda reached out to the author of "The Jenkins" with some questions! First, we asked the artist if they had any life-changing influences that might have helped them with their art and art style in general when it comes to their comics.

"I think the major distinguishing aspect of The Jenkins is its humor, which is drawn from a lot of influences. There is, of course, the inimitable Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes comicsbut also the contemporaries xkcd and Mr. Lovenstein. The humor is also influenced by the shows I’ve seen, like The Office and The Simpsons."

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Emo Sloth
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1 month ago

This one's clever.

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

Ha ha I see what they did there!

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Art, in any kind of form, takes a lot of time not only to practice but also to produce, therefore we asked the artist how long it takes them to fully finish their comics.

"The ideas take days to marinate. When I first started doing dailies, I’d put an idea into pictures in five minutes. Now drawing out a comic takes maybe 2-4 hours, and it feels like it’s taking longer all the time."

Being an artist is not easy, one can easily encounter a lack of inspiration, burnout, etc, so we wanted to ask the artist about their ideas for the comics.

"In humor, it’s better to think of ideas as premises, and premises as just ordinary ideas put together. For example, I wrote a joke called 'Time Travel Pizza' that I think anyone could come up with if they stared at the words 'time travel' and 'pizza' long enough. That’s one of the more overt collisions of ordinary ideas, but another fun thing to do is to work backwards from a 'rule': for example, in 'Three Sheep in a Trenchcoat,' I worked back from the 'rule' that counting sheep makes people fall asleep. There isn’t much that unites my strips, but this concept of absurd premises from ordinary ideas is pretty common.

Although I do have to confess there are some comics of mine that I will never understand how I came up with, like 'Pictionary.'"

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

At least she left them the conch shell

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Kit Kat
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1 month ago

A boy and his sock.....this could have been so much worse....

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As we mentioned before, sometimes creative work can cause quite a burnout, therefore we asked the artist how they dealt with that as well.

"Yes, burnout is real. I spend 2 to 10 hours a week on this comic, but I couldn’t spend more; I couldn’t do more. Any extra time would go into staring at a blank screen."

We also asked the artist about how people reacted to their work.

"What I find interesting about humor webcomics is that compared to other mediums like drawings, poetry, or film, they’re so accessible. You can show your art to people without feeling like you’re some nut showing off your art. They’re really impersonal. People love The Jenkins—it’s inoffensive, dumb, and fun. I’d wager the most common reaction besides a chuckle is 'I don’t get it.'"

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

All right good job but we're still going to slice you up.

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

See perfect!

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The creative process is not easy, but there are some enjoyable parts to it as shared by the artist.

"The genesis is the most exciting part. The part that makes you want to stop whatever you’re doing and look for a pen and paper."

"The Jenkins" also told us a little bit about why they chose Instagram as one of the platforms for posting their comics.

"For nearly four years, The Jenkins’ only real internet presence was a Wordpress blog. In the early months of COVID, I found myself with more free time to make comics. I figured I might as well branch out to other social media to get the comic seen, and it gained traction."

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Miss Benzo
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1 month ago

Is that a green screen? Hahaha what a cheat.

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Kit Kat
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1 month ago

Oh my god these are hilarious 😀

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Digital art and art, in general, is not easy and requires a lot of patience, time, resources, and in most cases even money, therefore we wanted to know how the talented comic artist started their own career in digital art.

"In middle and high school, I used to make games and animation with Scratch, an introductory programming tool and online community made by the MIT Media Lab. I go by the username @Hobson-TV and I’m pretty well known among the Scratch community.

Fun fact: The Jenkins comic is actually still drawn in the Scratch editor. It’s not the most professional software, but it’s what I’m used to."

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Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

And thus the problem solved itself.

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

They're all correct technically going by Rorschach test rules.

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Artists tend to get motivated by a lot of things such as curiosity, the search for beauty, or even meaning, in response to that, the artist told us, "I just want to make the funniest comics I can, and simultaneously keep the strip fresh. Since this comic isn’t my livelihood (in the financial sense) and I don’t need to appease the algorithm with 'relatable' comics, I figure I might as well have fun and experiment and try out new stuff with my readers."

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Miss Benzo
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1 month ago

Same question, different actions.

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🦋vall🦋シ︎
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1 month ago

I've never related to a vampire so much

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
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1 month ago

Hi, can you give me a lift? I've got a flat. Yeah, and all the paint is chipped.

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

That's your gift now go off and be the greatest wedding Minister there is

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say lalisa,love me lalisa
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1 month ago

lol I love these!!!!

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

Oh if only there was a course like this that people had to take. I think some people don't know how to use logic so much anymore.

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Who Panda 420
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1 month ago

Sometimes it seems like everything in life is a contest.

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Thanatos Charles
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1 month ago

How the mighty falls, Leroy after being kicked out the clan..

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Luke Urso
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1 month ago

Smart dude

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Agent 8433599
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1 month ago

Darn it, Barney!!! Don't you know transparency is important??!!!

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Robert T
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1 month ago

Well I had a calculator watch when I was a kid, but you'd need big pockets for the rest!

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Emo Sloth
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1 month ago

Legend says he's still counting to this day.

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RAMPAGE
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1 month ago (edited)

Wooooow 👏👏👏👏

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Miss Benzo
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1 month ago (edited)

Look down your pants, there's a BIG surprise for ya! :)

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Roseriver_DSMP
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1 month ago

I'm like a broken record, I'm like a broken record and I'm not playing right. Drocer nekorb a ekil mi! HIGHER POWER (Coldplay) /s

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Agent 8433599
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1 month ago

Heh heh 😏 I see what you did there

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Alexander Smith
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1 month ago

And next came the $450 dollar surcharge just for seeing him.

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Demonix.Queen
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1 month ago

I don't get it

Ash
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1 month ago (edited)

The "joke" to English speakers is generally that Welsh "doesn't have vowels", even though it actually uses at least one more additional letter as a vowel than English does (w can be a vowel in Welsh, along with the usual a e i o u and sometimes y.) It's usually in response to seeing words like cwn (meaning dog) or cwsg (sleep), because yes, to native English speakers/readers, it sometimes looks a little insane, same as Irish.

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Miss Benzo
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1 month ago

Fy crhys syks!

Ein Steinbeck
Community Member
1 month ago

Wll, fck.

Kirsty Young
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1 month ago

Nope. You get a double l, 4 y’s and it’s all pronounced like you’re hacking up phlegm.

James Stroup
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1 month ago

Took me a second and was like, oh man more than 95% of people that see this will Google it.

Robert T
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1 month ago

Much the same as the Welsh version of Countdown. ;-)

Duane McFarland
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1 month ago

I tried to have Google say that in Welsh....

Marilyn Holt
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1 month ago

Does Welsh not have vowels?

J Aislynn d'Merricksson
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1 month ago

Truth 😂😂😂

Myka Lenton
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1 month ago

I loved this one- well done!

Lucy
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1 month ago

Huh?????

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Robert T
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1 month ago

If you keep shaking it, it will burst into a well known Proclaimers song!

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