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Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster as the artist behind "Cooper Lit Comics" bravely explores topics that range from funny and lighthearted to serious and sad. With an impressive following of 37K devoted fans, "Cooper Lit Comics" consistently delivers unique narratives that leave a lasting impact.

The artist previously shared that it all started when he wrote a play that he wanted to adapt into a graphic novel. However, before starting such ambitious plans, the artist began with a shorter medium, like comics. This explains why some of the cartoons span nine, twelve, or even more panels, giving them more depth and complexity.

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Bored Panda once more reached out to the creator behind “Cooper Lit Comics”, who kindly answered our questions.

The artist mentioned that he uses free writing to stay playful in the creative process, therefore, we asked him to tell us more about this method.

“Free writing does a few important things. One is it clears out the junk that’s spinning in your head so you can get to other things. Another is it forces you to move past the moment of fear at the empty page. You can’t sit and tell yourself you have nothing to say or you’re no good because you’re too busy writing the next word. If you can get ahead of the internal critic, you have a chance to surprise yourself,” explained the artist.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First you lose your balls, then you spend the rest of your life trying to catch balls. Oh, the irony! 😆

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The artist also shared another exercise that works to get out of a slump, and it’s a word generator. He walked us through his experience with the tool: “I just look at the words and see which spark something for me, a memory or image or idea. A word like 'bargain' or 'tombstone' suggests more to me than a word like “utterance". But even less evocative words can lead to good things if you just let yourself be silly or open. Another part of the exercise is to do several comics in a row. Write down 5-10 words and just burn through them. Use your desire to not work to help you work quickly.”

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most people just overestimate how interesting others will find them to be, especially when recounted in great detail.

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Previously, the artist shared his list of influences: “For comic strips, Charles Schulz, Gary Larson, Bill Watterson, EC Segar, Jules Feiffer… For comics, Mazzuchelli, Trondheim, Kyle Baker, Hernandez Bros, Eisner, Sacco, Porcellino, Kochalka… For fine artists, Picasso, Matisse and Egan Schiller are my top 3. And of course I’m influenced by so many peers working in webcomics today, Lote Vilma, Pierre Mortel, Zip Freeman, Nick Edwoods, Danielle Chennette, Bahij Jaroudi.”

With such a wide range, we got curious about how the artist navigates incorporating them into his unique style. Cooper responded: “I try to suit the style to the content. If it’s just a little gag, I’ll go for a simple cartoony style. If I’m trying for something more poetic, I might take a more painterly approach. I try to make these decisions early in a piece so I don’t have to redraw everything. A great practice many artists do is to find works that move you and copy them. It’s like memorizing a poem. It makes you look more closely and hopefully helps you absorb a little of the technique that worked for you as a viewer.”

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I worked at a petrol station and refused to release the fuel until the man stopped smoking his cigarette. He was wanting to fill a 5L plastic, petrol container. Man wasn't happy and said he'd go to the petrol station down the road. He headed back to his car in a rotten mood. He got in and threw the empty container, with some force, into the back seat. His wife was half turned round and the container bounced of the back and hit her in the face. I had a feeling that mans day had gone from bad to worse.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't EVER joke with a cop. They'll tell you that themselves. Don't do it.

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Overworking and perfectionism can be significant challenges for any artist. Luckily, the "Cooper Lit Comics" artist shared some strategies that worked to combat these tendencies and keep his art feeling fresh and lively.

“I definitely struggle with these things. It’s important to stay mindful of what you’re going for and not fall into thoughtless obsessive fixing. When I catch myself tightening up, I try to not beat myself up and just urge myself to let go a little, to draw with abandon and not fear (making mistakes, flawed work, being judged…).”

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We also asked the artist to share some specific ways that he’d noticed his style evolving.

“I think it’s just a matter of drawing with confidence. I can see it in my work and the work of others if it was made with confidence or timidity. Evolution is so gradual for the most part. Every once in a while, I surprise myself and make something I feel pretty happy with. When that happens, I try to notice what I was doing and how I was feeling when it happened.”

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And lastly, the artist added: “Don’t be shy to reach out to a creator you like. I most appreciate it. I love the opportunity the internet gives us to have a back-and-forth, so I’m not just throwing paper into the wind and hoping it gets seen, but never knowing. Encouragement is super helpful, but these interactions can also spark new ideas. I’ve had many stories inspired or improved by the back and forth with my readers.”

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sad :( (For those of you who don't understand, she got s3xually ab_sed as a young girl and decided to say no to everything after this incident. (I think. I'm no smart-aleck who can crack the code on everything.))

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How are ya's not getting it? The lady got smashed between two cars and is in a lot of pain, and he's thinking about how it sucks for the guy that did it not about how it sucks for the lady that was injured.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

one could get to familler with vegetables (btw I know its a fruit)

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