24-year-old Alvin Juano from Jakarta, Indonesia is the brilliant mind behind The Square Comics; short, darkly funny comics that take you through a range of emotions in just 3 or 4 frames.

With over 430k followers, his easy-to-digest webcomics have become a hit on Instagram, the perfect medium for regular doses of bite-sized comedy. The comics often begin full of cheer and optimism but struck you with a dark plot twist that has become Alvin's trademark. Scroll down below to check the deliciously dark comics out for yourself, as well as a little background from Alvin himself.

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Natasha Forchione
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2 years ago

haha...good one!

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"I started The Square Comics in 2014," Alvin told Bored Panda. "I was doing so badly at school that I was almost kicked out of the course. It was one of the lowest periods of my life and I needed something to get out of the funk. Creating funny drawings was it."

Some of my inspirations are: Ricky Gervais, I enjoy how honest and unfiltered his sense of humor is and how sarcastic the opinions. When growing up, my favorite cartoon was Doraemon & Crayon Shin-Chan, and Cyanide & Happiness, Safely Endangered and War and Peas are the best funny comic strips!

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Rebecca A'Court
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2 years ago

Gotta say, as a human mum, I'm kind of glad our babies don't peck their way out.

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A Rose Among Thorns
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2 years ago

I knew alarm clocks were plotting something...

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Coming up with new material is a unique process for any comedian or artist, and Alvin has preferred method. "Usually before I sleep, I’d try to think of things that could be funny and write it on a notebook/phone," he explained.

"The next day, I’ll pick out the ones that I find interesting and work on it. I’ll then show a sketch of the strip to my friends & see what they think. If they don’t find it funny, I’ll work on it further or scrap it. But, if I think it’s funny and they don’t, I’ll ignore them and post it. I try to have this process, but sometimes good ideas come at random times."

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HANS
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2 years ago

So is Prozac the equivalent of kryptonite to Unfazed Man?

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Calypso poet
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2 years ago

Does that mean dogs are just trying to lick the ugly off our faces? I feel so betrayed.

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"For the process, I usually sketch out a couple of things on paper, take a photo of it and then draw the digital version of it on photoshop. I use pens and papers to sketch. To digitize it, I use Wacom Intuos Comic. It’s really small so it’s easy to carry around and it’s also cheaper than the other models. And a MacBook."


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Enuya
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2 years ago

Now I know why I have three younger siblings. My parents were just determined..

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"As for my humor, I think it’s definitely on the darker side. I hear it can be sometimes depressing. Definitely not something my mom would approve!

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago

Roasted.

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Jilltdcatlady
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2 years ago

" There's someone for everyone, your someone may be 5 cats in a trench coat" . I have 4 cats and 1 dog. I'm looking to trade the dog....

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Aubryanna Walker
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2 years ago

#relatable

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A Rose Among Thorns
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2 years ago

The true story of the bible

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diane a
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2 years ago

Ahaa - now I know how to open that jammed zip.

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Enuya
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2 years ago

If you pee into the ocean, are you... like... feeding it?

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A Rose Among Thorns
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2 years ago

Ouch.

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FortnitePlayerGirl
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2 years ago

Roasted like a burnt, bad tasting marshmallow that a kid dropped in a fire!

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Enuya
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2 years ago

In every place, there is always *this* one person...

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Enuya
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2 years ago

Good priorities

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Enuya
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2 years ago

What if there are intelligent forms of life on another planets? And they just do not want to contact us because we are for them something like lice are for us?

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Enuya
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2 years ago

Listen to your heart! Just remember about protectors. And a helmet. And a bulletproof vest. And...

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Enuya
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2 years ago

It's harder to lose noodle-belly than baby-belly though. On the other side, you do not need to care about noodles through next eighteen years...

Jelena Obradović
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2 years ago

In my country you need to care about your kid forever...

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POTATO WOMAN
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2 years ago

I know one thing humans will never be like ramen

Kururi.Orihara
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2 years ago

The chopsticks aren't right.

Marc
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2 years ago

A child is always perfect to the parents. For some not right after birth, but most of the parents quickly connect and that doesn't change for most of them. No matter how perfect a kid. What does perfect mean anyways in this case?

Hans
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2 years ago

And it is not only perfect, but also adorable, cute, nice, all you could wish for. Sorry, I am hopelessly romantic when it comes to babys, puppies, kittens etc.

Erin
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2 years ago

Noodles are adorable!

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GABRIEL HICKNER
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2 years ago

Cup of noodles> baby

Josurf
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2 years ago

And when you're tired of them you can always put them in the fridge.... or just throw them away. The noodles I mean...

Ohio Hands
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2 years ago

Babies are more fun to make though

The Cappy
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2 years ago

The cup of noodles takes 3 minutes to heat, takes a LOT longer to make (but we ignore that invisible preparation because of the magic of consumerism), and the resultant noodles are perfect for about 3 minutes. Then they go bad.

Yolie V.
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2 years ago

I hear it takes 18 years for the baby to become perfect.

Slune
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2 years ago

.....or never.l.....

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Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

And the baby is perfect, but also loud.

Ari Jonio
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2 years ago

that baby is me...

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HANS
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2 years ago

... and he's probably watching reruns.

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Foxyloxylou
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2 years ago

"This is my true self! Don't you see thatt Robert?!"

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Hyorin Kim
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2 years ago

I knew they were trying to say something :')

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Enuya
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2 years ago

Another good reason to stay away from the gym.

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A Rose Among Thorns
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2 years ago

My pessimistic mentality in a nutshell

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Sleep Meister
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2 years ago

There are two types of people Screen-Sho...d375b7.png Screen-Shot-2019-03-08-at-142159-5c827a9d375b7.png

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Purple tiger
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2 years ago

Lol I love this on!!!!,

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Dani
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2 years ago

Ha! I really love this one!

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Marc
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2 years ago

I am not sure if that is the way to wealth. How many rich people did actually work for their money? I would say the least. In addition, wealth does not necessarily have to with money.

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Madzdad the bard
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2 years ago

He's hit rock-bottom and started to dig.

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Enuya
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2 years ago

At least it looks like friendly failure.

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