30 Funny Comics About Food That Are Full Of Puns And Jokes, By This Artist Interview With Artist
When we were little, some of our parents used to tell us not to play with our food, and we had to obey. Brooke Karras, who is the creator behind "Breakfast Club Comics," found another way to play with food by creating comics where the characters (or should I say carroters?) are various vegetables, fruits, and other delicious goods. The artist brilliantly weaves in funny jokes and puns into their imaginary situations, and the narratives are so smooth that you'll eat these comics right up.
Here's what she had to say to Bored Panda:"I started digitally drawing a little over a year ago as a personal challenge to draw every day. I used Instagram as an online portfolio for the comics. I never imagined I would have so many followers and people would fall in love with my food characters! I’m inspired by my favorite TV cartoons, the Sunday comics in the newspaper, and I’m especially inspired by my readers who enjoy the silly food drama and look forward to seeing what shenanigans Sunny and the rest of the breakfast club get into."
As you'll notice, the comics aren't just full of calories, but also with puns, and the characters are not only nutritious, but filled with sweet jokes. The author has a very unique way of making her narratives pop and sizzle with interesting, even ridiculous, situations, and the fact that the characters are foods makes the whole comic easy to digest. So much so that you'll eat them up with your eyes without even noticing. Bon appetit!
The artist went a little bit more into the details of what inspired her, her background, and the motivations behind making this comic: "My favorite comic artists are Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, and Will Henry, who creates Wallace the Brave. I really enjoy their art style and attention to detail. Their comics remind me of a simpler time in my childhood.
I’ve been drawing since the age of three, and it’s always brought me a sense of joy that nothing else has. I feel free when I’m wrapped up in an illustration. It’s therapeutic to concentrate only on my drawing, keeping the cumbersome distractions of life at bay. As an adult, I realized I stopped doing the thing I really loved to do when I was younger, so I began the personal challenge of drawing daily in November of 2019. The lockdown due to COVID-19 in March of 2020 gave me the opportunity to spend even more time drawing. When I started receiving messages from people on Instagram saying my comics brightened their day or made them smile, it inspired me to keep going. I began to realize a mutual benefit. I enjoy creating, and viewers enjoy the silly puns and illustrations."
With over a year in this challenge, the artist developed a process of cooking up these comics and has gained some experience in finding the right balance: "I’ve only been drawing digitally for about a year and a half. I find it more comfortable to outline in a sketchbook (hand-drawn with pencil on paper). The sketches go from paper to being drawn and colored on my tablet. Finally, I take the finished drawings and add dialogue. When a particularly delicious story idea presents itself, it’s exhilarating to get it down on paper. The thing I’ve learned is not to rush the story or creative process. With that in mind, I try to avoid becoming overwhelmed when viewers say they’re anticipating the resolution of a cliffhanger. I’ve learned to be patient with myself, be true to myself and remember that I write comics to make me and my viewers happy."
The artist also told us why the foods are her main characters, and the connection between language, food, and puns, which are natural products of both of these seemingly unconnected things: "Everyone loves food. Like music, food is a universal language. I wanted to create characters that anyone in the world can relate to. No matter where you live, you eat, so all of us share that connection.
Crafting food puns is both challenging and natural. Sometimes they write themselves and other times they don’t. Occasionally, puns flood my brain and spill out in everyday conversations with my family and friends. We all laugh when that happens. I’ve learned the power of well-placed puns. There’s a sweet spot for just the right number of puns within a dialogue, and I seek to find that balance each time."
When asked about which characters are her favorites, ironically, the artist's response was similar to when asked about favorite foods: there are many because there are many things to like about all of them, but of course, some are more favorite than others. "It’s difficult to choose just one because I feel a unique attachment to each of them, but Shelly the free-range egg is special to me. She began as a bad egg and somewhat unlikeable, but over the course of multiple chapters, she’s learned a lot about herself. She developed into an integral part of the club, and now brings wit and charm to the table and the lives of her co-characters."
Love puns? Here are some food puns that you might use at an appropriate time. If you love starting the day with bacon and eggs, you may say "have an egg-cellent day!" If you love salad, you may commemorate the moment by saying "lettuce celebrate!" Enjoy doughnuts? Please do, but "doughnut take it lightly!" If you never succeed in making normal-looking dough, don't be upset, you just might be a "weirddough." In winter, it may not always be cold, sometimes you might get a little chili, too.
Or perhaps you enjoy these comics because of the jokes? Well, here are some extra jokes just for you. What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta. Why couldn’t the sesame seed leave the gambling casino? Because he was on a roll. How fast is milk? It’s pasteurized before you know it. What's an orange that sounds like a parrot? A carrot. What did the pecan say to the walnut? We’re friends because we’re both nuts. What did the grape say when it died? Nothing, it just let out a little wine.
As always, we suggest you check out more of artist's works on Instagram, or the dedicated website. You can also support the author by donating on Patreon linked above. But if you don't have any money to spare, you can still show that you care: just follow them on social media, as it helps the comic grow. If your sweet tooth for food-related comics hasn't been satisfied, check out these comics about it. If you love eating as much as these guys, you'll probably like these comics, too. And if you enjoyed the cheesy, punny aspect of the Breakfast Club Comics, you'll probably like this one as well.