Life is about balance - we need the darker moments to appreciate the happy ones, and vice versa. This idea is greatly reflected in the comics of Optipess, which has it built in the title that optimism and pessimism can coexist.

Originally, Optipess was created by a Norwegian artist, Kristian Nygård, to show the life and drama of people suffering from depression. The project has been on air since 2008 and has since produced many entertaining comic strips.

Scroll down to see the latest work by Kristian, and don’t forget to check out previous Bored Panda posts about Optipess comics: part 1, part 2.

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When asked how long it takes him to finish one of his comics, Krystian said: “Total working time to make one of my comics is usually about 3-4 hours but often spread throughout an entire day or even several days. I like being able to let an almost finished comic sit for a while so I can look at it with fresh eyes and make some final adjustments. But most of the time I don’t have the opportunity to do so and I keep seeing things I’d change if I just look at the comic the next day.”

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That nerd Zoe
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! I'll use an Xbox for a while then try to use a switch and mess it up! And vice versa lmao

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“My workflow is usually split between my iPad and Wacom tablet, and I tend to do most of the sketching on my iPad before moving on to the Wacom tablet. But I’ve made plenty of comics entirely on my iPad, usually because I would be too lazy to get off the couch,” the artist says about his work process. “I work almost exclusively in Clip Studio Paint, but occasionally I use Photoshop or Procreate. Actually, for the longest time, I sketched in Procreate, inked in Clip Studio, and colored in Photoshop. Luckily Clip Studio in recent years has expanded its feature set to fill almost all of my needs.”

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When talking about inspiration, Krystian explains: “Ideally I want comic ideas to just appear 'naturally' by reading or seeing something unrelated and having it trigger the idea perfectly formed as a comic in my head. This does not happen often, so my most used technique is to brainstorm ideas in my Notes app on my iPad. If I am truly stuck I will sometimes put my music library on shuffle and make myself come up with a comic based on the band or song name before the song is over. This doesn’t always work, but at least there is another song coming in a few minutes.”

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As for his future aspirations, the artist told us: “I’ve been at this for so long that I can’t really see myself stopping any time soon. Every time I take an extended break I eventually start to feel anxious about not getting anything done, so I’d rather start making something instead. But recent life events have slowed me down lately, so for the coming months, I just hope to find a more consistent release schedule. Hopefully, more things will fall into place after that!”

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A rat
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good. He should have just pet the dog

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nas r
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If being alone with your thoughts is scary, than meditation is exactly what you need!

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Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha! At this point, it wouldn't shock me if something like this happened. I think most of the world would be like, "Meh. What else is on?"

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Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha! I heard about a woman who wanted her ashes scattered at her favorite beach. The whole family gathered for the event. When they poured out her ashes, the breeze coming in from the ocean blew her all over her family. I'm wondering now, if, maybe, she did that on purpose? Lol!

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EmCWolf
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact: it's the chicken! We know this because the protein mechanism that builds the eggshell structure is only found in adult hens. ✨

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Batgirl Kitty
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jump to grab the top, put feet on the chain, try and thrust yourself over the gate.

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Mari Maru
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe not the place to make this observation, but I've always thought this particular witticism about insanity is stupid. Doing something over and over is exactly how you get better at any learnable skill.

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Arthur Waite
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When your birth certificate has a Start Date, (and an End Date...)

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