We all have our own quirks, traits, preferences, and ways of sharing pieces of ourselves with other people. For the hero of this article, it's creating comics. But he needed a while to realize that.
"I'm an engineer at a well-known global software company," the artist who wanted to remain anonymous told Bored Panda.
"I frequently find myself making observations about life that I feel most other people either don't notice or want to admit. That's how I came up with the name [for my comics series, Sobering Mirror.] I'm holding up a metaphorical mirror to the reader, and the realization that they can see themselves in my jokes is – you guessed it – sobering."
Until his attempts at comedy become more widely recognized, he'd prefer not to be known as 'the guy who makes weird webcomics' at the office. So for now, let's just call him Engineer.
At first glance, Engineer's comics seem... simple. He's fully aware of that. "I always laugh when anyone uses [the word] 'art' to refer to what I'm doing with Sobering Mirror. I'm very clearly not an artist, and my comics reflect that," he said.
"If anything, I'd consider myself a writer who happens to use crude drawings as a vehicle to express his thoughts." That's certainly an accurate description. What Sobering Mirror lacks in form, it makes up for in substance.
Most of it derives from Engineer's own experiences in one way or the other. "My inspiration typically comes from my own life or how I imagine the lives of people I encounter on a day-to-day basis."
Since Engineer is not in the business of making comics (it's merely his hobby), he's not looking to make money off of it. In fact, he has decided that 50% of all the profits he makes from Sobering Mirror (be it ad revenue, Patreon, individual contributions, future merch, etc.) will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"I think that a lot of charities, unfortunately, use the money that they receive from donations inefficiently (or even dishonestly). St. Jude is not one of those; 82% of each dollar received goes directly to treatment and research for childhood cancer," Engineer explained.
"Their mission is also incredible – they take in children whose families are struggling financially and provide them with world-class medical care (completely for free)."
If you enjoy his work, Engineer would appreciate it if you could tell various social media algorithms that his posts are worth spreading. "You can do that by following, liking, commenting, and sharing. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can also subscribe to my Patreon page or make a one-time donation via PayPal, credit card, or cryptocurrency," he added. "[But] if you're tight on money, save it."