“I Often Draw Stuff About How Short And Important Life Is”: 30 Humorous And Sentimental Comics By Xibang Interview With Artist
Xibang is a "full-time dad, and part-time comic artist" from Singapore who, to put it simply, creates comics about life, death and everything in between. Through his work, the artist channels his feelings and thoughts about mortality, parenthood, and just those little mundane things in life.
Bored Panda has already published two articles showcasing Xibang's illustrations about life with a cat and a dog. This time, we collected some of the best works about... well, everything. Scroll down for the amusing and sentimental comics and let us know what you think in the comments!
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This made me cry. I adopt "unwanted" dogs and my newest is sleeping in her huge, fluffy new bed next to mine - she was a puppy mill breeder "mama" that was rescued. We adopted her from a rescue group at age 8, she was almost a skeleton at first, so neglected and she has serious eating issues. Her little teeth are broken and half missing and her body will forever be mishapen due to flip knows what those horrible people did to her. But she's so sweet and we're definitely going to give her the best rest of her life. Oh, and her name is Betty White :) she came from the foster home already named and we thought that was awesome.
"I try to be positive and/or funny [but] I often draw stuff about how short and important life is [too] because when you have a kid, you start thinking about that kind of thing. A lot. So you get a bit of everything in my comics," the artist revealed in a previous interview.
Xibang's comics capture attention with their clean and simplistic style. However, what really makes one attached to them is down-to-earth and relatable content. Talking about simple things that seem to be familiar to the bone, the artist doesn't forget to include a bit of darker and existentialist topics as well. All in all, these illustrations balance silly humor and strong emotions, making them stand out from other works of a similar kind.
“Draw me like one of your French cats” vibes Also ninjakitty so cute omg
The artist shared that he gets inspired by internet culture and his daily life. "Random snippets of everyday life, an unintentional pun, my hopes and fears for my kid, a manga that I binge read before sleeping: all these elements inspire my cartoons. Well, or at least they inspire a pages-long list of notes that I'm 'supposed' to draw someday. I'd love to draw stuff that's more relevant and relatable but honestly, I'm too busy (as a dad) to keep up with trends and too random to be truly relatable (like Sarah scribbles)."
My hand drawings always look like blobs/spiders
This made me cry... and nuggets don’t even have eyes
We asked Xibang what makes him passionate about drawing comics. He replied that he kind of stumbled into drawing comics because he needed an outlet for being an "attention seeker," and, according to the artist, he is not particularly interesting. "But looking at how shoddy my old work is, makes me passionate about improving my craft, whether it be through better writing or art."
After being asked if there's a message Xibang wants to translate with his works, the artist told us that he's "too random to have a singular message for everyone" but he has a few - be kind to animals, be kind to your friends and family and be kind to yourself."
"I'm very anxious about finding out what people think about my work because I don't want to compromise my future stuff. So most of the time I'll post a comic everywhere and disappear for a day or two. But thankfully most of the reactions have been quite nice, although there tend to be a lot of crying face emojis when I do a dog comic (sorry)."
Xibang's full-time day job is usually fatherhood but he also does a lot of part-time stuff: voice-over work, handyman, administration, acting - the list goes on. "I would love to make comics my full-time career but that's not on the cards for now."
The artist added that he's looking forward to making more comics and possibly more animated videos! "And I'd like to thank everyone who reads my comics for their support and encouragement. Thank you!"
Yep they're always there to hold me back and punch me in the gut.
The best hugs are when you are crying, and you can rest your head on their shoulder while they hug you
If you eat enough, you won't have a heart to worry about filling :D
Please don't break into my safe space and affirm me so roughly.. that would send my anxiety through the roof. 😆
We save that message for those who are too happy with life
There is nothing new under the sun that hasn't already been dreamed of before.
I have those powers too! But how best to use them? With great power comes great responsibility
Ha life tip don't move when having a haircut..........
EVERYONE IS LONELY! EVERYTHING IS SAD WHEN YOU HAVE TO SOCIALIZE! EVERYONE IS LONELYYYYYYYYYY WHEN YOU EAT NOTHING BUT SOUR CREAM (idk yo)
This is a phenomenon we refer to as "glorified underwear"