Artist Shelby Miller, AKA Shubbabang, is a self-described dork from Florida who makes awesome comics.
We think that they are so awesome, we have decided to put together a list of them for your viewing pleasure! Cute, funny, occasionally neurotic and even a little dark, Shubbabang has a little something for every mood. Speaking to Bored Panda, Shelby gave a little background to her work, and life as an artist. “A lot of my inspiration comes from daily things,” she told us. “Sometimes it'll have to do with anxiety and being an adult, struggling to figure things out, and trying to find some sort of cynical humor so I don't get completely overwhelmed.”
“Sometimes it'll be about something that's happened in the past, like a funny childhood story, or about things I find frustrating. And sometimes it's from random things I thought of at 2AM when I SHOULD be sleeping. So I guess I take the inspiration for ideas from anywhere I can in life.”
Shelby began drawing back in elementary school, like many of us, starting with stick figures and a few visual stories. However she was one of the lucky few to have real talent, and from 2009 she began to tentatively post her comics online. They slowly gained popularity, as people began to relate to her dry and whimsical humor. She has now been able to quit her jobs in retail (some of her early comics dealt with her time working at Starbucks), and is dedicated full-time to her art. “I haven't thought too far ahead since I'm trying to go day by day and focus on one goal at a time, but I think it'd be cool to have my own book made,” she said about her future plans.
Shelby is aware of the daily struggles that many people go through, and it's easy to empathize with the kinds of situations her characters find themselves in. She is clearly able to connect with her audience on a personal level. “Something I've tried to aim for with a lot of my comics is to make it relatable, try and let people know that they aren't the only ones struggling or having problems,” she told Bored Panda. “I try to steer away from politics and world issues too, because that stuff can get depressing in my opinion.”
“From what I've seen and the people I've interacted with, it seems like I have a pretty wide audience range. Which is good, it means I'm making comics that most people can find humor in, so it means I'm doing what I set out to do.”
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