John McNamee is the artist behind Pie Comic, hand-drawn comics that feature dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles. John started drawing Pie Comics back in college, and just never stopped. He has since worked for satirical news organization 'The Onion' and now works for Cartoon Network.

Have these experiences influenced Pie Comic? “My Onion experience does come in handy,” John told Bored Panda. “You really have to observe the world and see what's weird about it to write Onion headlines. I once heard someone describe my sense of humor as "wry," and after I googled what that means, I thought it sounded about right.”

“I used to try to think of a good joke and then start drawing it, but I found that my comics were too predictable that way. So instead, I just started drawing a character doing something and see if I could get them to end up in a clever joke. My number 1 comedic inspiration is the Simpsons. My knowledge of seasons 2-9 is like... weird. I would also reread Calvin & Hobbes comics all summer long. As for webcomics, I really love Poorly Drawn Lines. He's very good at pacing out a joke and delivering a plot twist.”
Pie Comics has been a full-time pursuit at times throughout John's career as a cartoonist, but he finds stability in dipping his finger in a number of 'pies.' “Now I'm writing at Cartoon Network, so I don't update with these cartoon drawings as often,” he explained. “My Patreon works OK for me, but it's really my fault it doesn't work better. Engagement has never been a strength of mine. I also have done work for Mad Magazine and the New Yorker. I guess if I'd have any advice, it would be to cobble together multiple revenue streams. You never know when one might take a hit, and that will help protect you from instability.”

And while many comic artists use a variety of software to create their funny comics and upload them directly to the web, John prefers to keep it old school. “I draw on bristol board with blue pencil, then I go over it in and 05 Micron,” he told us. “I lay out my borders and guidelines with a ruler, but then I ink them freehand. I think the wobbly line makes the funny drawings more accessible and reminds you that a human being made them.”

More info: Website | Facebook | Patreon

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My goodness, that's one of the best 'real' comic on evolution theory!

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GlassOfWater
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here's some advice: it's a lot easier to go for practical than fashionable.

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Last Hurrah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Coming soon to a store near you: Mangoes and womangoes.

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BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Suzy's hot because the Sun shines on her all day.

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Spooky Tooth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow never knew my world could be explained in a fractal.

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please be aware that the "happy" people on social media are generally just lying.

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K. LNU
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great, now I have that song running through my head...

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No offense, but I wonder if that happens to schizophreniac people!

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good old stripes man! He's such a success.

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Puppies!! They have amazing powers of Cuteness.

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BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even with an education, you could still end up a beggar. It doesn't guarentee a job, and you still gotta pay off those student loans. Which could lead you to the life of crime...

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this. This is how childhood should be looking at everything in wonderment and awe and with imagination! Don't take that away! They got plenty of time to grow up and be boring later!

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Carol Emory
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the Bugs Bunny where Elmer gives him a tub full of vegetables. Bugs: "What's this?" Elmer:"Your dinner." Bugs: "DINNER!?! How do you expect me to eat this stuff..ithis isn't food! (starts cramming lettuce and celery in his mouth..picks out stuck celery string from teeth) Whaddya trying to do, starve me? I'll die before I eat this stuff."

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So many young souls enter, so few graduate (with souls), just like real school!

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God hated T-rex also, that's why he gave them so small hands, no way you can scratch your ass with those hands.

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BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had to scroll down for that one! 😱

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you realize the real suffering is actually being alive! Sigh, I wish more people would realize that. Death doesn't deserve the hate mail she gets.

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