Jane Zei has never received any formal art training but her online comic series, The Pigeon Gazette, has over 200,000 followers on Instagram. Granted, she was always drawing as a kid to express herself and have fun, but it's still very impressive to see how far she has come.

However, I would even argue that the size of Jane's fan army isn't the determining factor when talking about the importance of her work. That's the result of her hard work. Rather, it's her honesty and bravery that separates the artist from the crowd.

Like we pointed out in our last article on The Pigeon Gazette, the series revolves around a nerdy girl who struggles with social situations, love interests, career, but always seems to get by. To grow from these experiences.

Jane admits that some of these stories come from within, and you can really tell. Whether it's a snippet from a conversation or a little detail in the background, each frame of The Pigeon Gazette is full of sincerity, full of life, and that's the beauty of it.

More info: thepigeongazette.com | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | tumblr

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CodenameElephant
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4 months ago

This is my daughter's absolute favorite comic, she even has a print hanging on her wall.

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Jane said the idea to start The Pigeon Gazette came to her naturally. "It was that classic thing where everyone keeps telling you 'Oh, you should make comics' or 'post your art online' and I tried a few times," the artist told Bored Panda.

"I just don't think my artistic skill or comedic timing was where it needed to be because all those past efforts flopped."

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Saoznei
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4 months ago

Oh, that's dark...

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"Then after a breakup (how cliche!), I had to throw myself into something and tried again. I think finally I was at the right point in my life and the internet/social media was where it had to be because The Pigeon Gazette just took off beyond all expectations."

Jane went into it thinking to herself it'd be fun and cute to have 10 or 20 people who liked her stuff. Related to it. How tight-knit they'd be. Little did she know.

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

but...he's not American

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The first baby knew.

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The artist believes that The Pigeon Gazette wouldn't resonate the way they apparently do if its emotions and topics didn't come from a genuine place.

"Growing up as a first-generation Asian in American suburbia, just being born kinda awkward and spacy, I had a lot of self-consciousness and self-doubt and still do," Jane explained. "But I'm constantly trying to learn and grow and I hope that comes through in my comics as well."

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tuzdayschild
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4 months ago

and Maddie's credibility took a nosedive

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4 months ago

This is me, but with my friend's friends who I barely know.

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"That a bombed date, a cringey person encounter, or a stressful social situation doesn't have to destroy you, that it's okay to lick your wounds, take a deep breath and step outside your comfort zone again.

It's a really big part of why The Pigeon Gazette is so appealing too. You, as a reader, can sense that the main character, her reactions to (extraordinary) everyday life situations aren't just static, formulaic drawings—she's changing together with Jane, making the series a continuous, ever-evolving story.

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Micheal With A B
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4 months ago

Me at school oh my gosh this is so relatable

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

The Tom Hanks of the rodentia

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4 months ago

lmao when im on my periods i wanna die in a pool of chips ;)

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But there are some things Jane doesn't want to talk about in her comics. For the most part, they're political. "[It's] not because I don't have opinions or positions that I support, but I think comics and social media, in general, are too short and fast to promote nuanced, productive conversation," she said.

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𝑬𝒄𝒉𝒐 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒍𝒚
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Awww! ◑﹏◐

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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4 months ago

oh wow this made me feel muchhhhhhhhhhh better (yes there was crying involved :)

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4 months ago

Wow this is me I love dissing movies for some reason

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"Some people can do it well but most instances of political tweets/comics I've seen just have a lot of nasty fighting in the comments, everybody dropping their angry two cents without listening. If I can't make something productive out of it, then I'd rather not bring it up in the first place," the artist explained, adding that there's also a part of her that thinks deep down, most of us are exhausted by politics invading every conversation and form of media.

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Hadesdaughter
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4 months ago

I would want see an episode of Dr.P.P. with this

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Kisses4Katie
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4 months ago

Oh god girl me too

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Jaclyn
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4 months ago

Haha That would be my luck too.

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"It's important because ultimately it fosters the necessary societal changes, but people also get burnt out. They need places to rest, places where they can take their mind off things and maybe The Pigeon Gazette can be such a source of positivity."

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Juan Alcorta
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4 months ago

Happens all the time!

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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4 months ago

that is me only the worker is my mother and my mother isnt positive about me succeeding :)

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

And it DOES

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Since The Pigeon Gazette reflects Jane's real-life struggles and experiences, its topics and voice naturally changes as she grows, so for those who have loyally followed the artist over the years, she hopes you all have grown as well. "Whether that eventually veers your tastes away from The Pigeon Gazette or not, thank you for reading, what a blessing. For those who are new to discover [the series], or check in on it only occasionally, same best wishes to you! Hope you got a good laugh!"

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pansexualandproud
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4 months ago

i laughed so hard at this omg

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cielphantom
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4 months ago

true

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Carol Bao
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4 months ago

lol this is literally my grandma

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Livvy-Rose Richards
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4 months ago

I once cut my heel on a table so...

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Combine Elite Soldier
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4 months ago

me when Half-Life 3 gets released

Xavier Wescott
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4 months ago

Name checks out

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Gold roses
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4 months ago

My grandma if they had another season of Vikings

Deep One
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4 months ago

I laughed way too loud at this one! :D

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4 months ago

I sleep in socks..

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4 months ago

What kind of monster....

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

Yes. Yes it does!

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Combine Elite Soldier
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4 months ago

"My performance is cactus."

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4 months ago

as a Californian I can confirm the accuracy of this post. WAIT- I smell organic chia seed bowls... I MUST GO *skateboards with vigor*

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Micheal With A B
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4 months ago

I tried it once and my dad told me he thought I looked like a smiling monkey-never again

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Random Ruocen
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4 months ago

me in a nutshell

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Hadesdaughter
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4 months ago

How cute

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MermaidsAndDragons
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4 months ago

awwww

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The cation
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4 months ago

their eyes

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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4 months ago

I R I S H grass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AbbiTabbi
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4 months ago

Umm... I know this isn't normal to most people but snow here in April is normal. It has snowed in August around here before...

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Mohsie Supposie
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4 months ago

Covid has brought out so many artists!

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

Kitty!

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Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

But I just want kids ._.

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Eaglez404
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3 months ago

Her bird shirt with the wheat toothpick LOL

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*sneezes in pansexual*
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4 months ago

Truth

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Combine Elite Soldier
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4 months ago

me when I bought Half-Life 2

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Raksha swami
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4 months ago

Ahhh it's cute!!

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

Louder music solves a lot of things

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cielphantom
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4 months ago

OMFG THAT GOT DARKI

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Raksha swami
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4 months ago

Hahaha

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