Alvin Juano is a 26-year-old comic artist who's a proud creator of The Square Comics, a web comic series that is enjoyed by more than 590k followers on Instagram and many more on other social media platforms.
If we had to describe them in the least amount of words, we would probably have to say that their key quality is their dark, pessimistic humor. But it's the kind of darkness that brings a sort of light to it, and pessimism that makes one smile in the end. Though the dark twists are definitely the comic's strong suit, they're in no way less funny and entertaining.
The artist started The Square Comics in 2014. He did badly at school, to a point where he almost got kicked of a course. He hit such a low in his life at the time that he decided to do something to get into a new groove in his life. And creating funny comics was the thing that helped him turn the page in his life.
Of course, his sense of humor didn't come out of a vacuum; his taste was influenced by comedians and comic artists alike. Alvin loves Ricky Gervais, and enjoys his unfiltered honesty with sarcastic undertones. His favorite childhood cartoon was Doraemon & Crayon Shin-Chan. As for comics, he likes Cyanide & Happiness, Safely Endangered, and War and Peas.
He also told in an interview (which you can find in the first post linked above) about how his creative process works. As many artists do, he has a preferred method: Alvin likes to try to think of things that could potentially be interesting or funny right before he goes to sleep, and then he writes it down. He'll then pick out the ones that he finds the most interesting the next day, sketch them out, show them to his friends and review them.
He usually sketches with a paper, pen or a pencil, and then draws the digital version on Photoshop with his Wacom tablet, which is really small and very easy to carry around.
The artist is very well aware that his humor borders on the darker side. He admitted that it might even be depressing to some. "Definitely not something my mom would approve of."
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