Simple. Elegant. Witty. Intelligent. No, we’re not talking about your favorite stand-up comedian, dear Pandas—these words perfectly describe the thought-provoking, minimalistic, and brilliant black and white comics drawn by Chinese artist Tango Gao. (Though, he does add a dash of color here and there—see if you can spot them!)

The artist has been illustrating his comics since 2010 after taking up the challenge of drawing one comic a day and posting them on the Weibo social media website. After that, Tango became known all over the globe for his quirky cartoons that poke fun at how odd modern life really is. He has been drawing every day since then and we’re very jealous of how disciplined and focused he is!

We’ve collected a list of Tango’s newest and best comics for you to browse, so have fun, enjoy, and upvote your fave light-hearted and hilarious cartoons as you’re scrolling down. When you’re done, you can find Bored Panda’s previous lists of Tango’s comics here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

More info: TangoGao.com | Instagram | Facebook | Book

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Laura Gastelum
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6 months ago

OMG, perfect

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

I guess he just needed an excuse to slap him.

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Laura Gastelum
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6 months ago

I always thought rain was God pissing on me

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Tango is also known as Shanghai Tango and Tango Sleepless. However, his real name is Gao Youjun. He now has over 229k Instagram followers, up from 108k the last time we wrote about him a year and a half ago.

The artist graduated from the Mathematics Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University but he realized that he’d much rather be an artist than a scientist. So he went for it and finished his Master’s degree at the Academy of Arts & Design.

After that, he entered the advertising industry at the end of the 1990s. Eventually, after his friend’s dare, he ended up drawing comics that resonated with people all over the globe. He also published a book called Backside of the Moon which collects some of his greatest illustrations. No. 3 Magazine said that the book was capable of making “stressed-out salaried folk see the primitive beauty of our existence.”

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

The lamp could be a skirt 👗 💡

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neonn_pieee
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6 months ago

I like this one.. I think it's so cute!

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Ah, another clock with interesting hands, or legs, in this case.

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Tango is an opponent of censorship in China and uses his art to explore serious topics, too, like how obsessed our society is with social media and technology, as well as what the state of US and Chinese politics is like. Tango has held art exhibitions around the world, including in the US, as well as Europe.

Jiayun Feng writes on SupChina how they met the artist and spoke to him about his work. According to Tango, his cartoons aren’t as effortless as they might seem at first glance. Each comic takes him only an hour to draw but the amount of brainstorming and polishing that goes into the process beforehand is immense.

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

This one is hilarious!

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maia martin
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6 months ago

i scanned the qr code and it looks like a link to a website with the artists comics and merch!

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

Haha

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“Behind every post is a couple of failed attempts,” Tango explained that a lot of ideas get thrown out the window during the process. “It’s not like I wake up every morning to a fantastic idea.”

Tango also doesn’t like being labeled as an artist because he doesn’t feel like he’s reached that level yet: “True artists are self-absorbed. They don’t have to think about whether the general public can understand their works or not, as long as there is a fraction of people who appreciate them.”

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Laugh or not
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6 months ago

That's actually a good design for a clock.

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

This comic should be in the New Yorker magazine

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Troux
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6 months ago

This looks like a pyramid scheme!

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Trust a cat to make it all about him/herself.

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Laura Gastelum
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6 months ago

Sigh, I would gladly go through security to be able to go anywhere

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BusLady
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6 months ago

Our inner person verses our public face.

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Erna Potijk
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6 months ago

Somehow I'm hearing the mission impossible tune here...

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Such a solemn bunch!

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

Great makeup skills piggo

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Gerrit
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6 months ago

"That's me in the corner…"

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Easy rider.

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Your Mother
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6 months ago

So that's why it's fizzy!

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

At least his neck won’t hurt

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ThreeOfAKind
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6 months ago

Koala?

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

Happy birthday 🎈 🎂 🎁 🍰

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Your Mother
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6 months ago (edited)

What I feel like when my relatives hug me!

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

I'll never look at toothpaste the same way again.

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Huh, two can play this game.

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Oh, this one is dark.

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Irina Ionascu
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6 months ago (edited)

Well, if he were wearing a mask then maybe he'd be less worried

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

I would think that Colonel Sanders would be a chicken's public enemy number one. Is it trying to butter up the old guy to avoid ending up in the fryer?

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

Creative

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Mari
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6 months ago

Don't try to convince me to talk to my pencil. XD

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Rainbow Panda
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6 months ago

I thought he was gonna smash the toilet 🚽

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Dream big, dream big...

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Well, that was most unappetizing...

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