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.

More info: soberingmirror.comPatreon | Instagram | Facebook

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Jon S.
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2 months ago

All the damn time

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Janus Sanders
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2 months ago

poor doggo

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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.

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Jackie Porter
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2 months ago

As Pink Floyd sang 'Shorter of breath and one day closer to death'

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

I few years ago something similar happened to me. It was Sunday night and I go to sleep thinking "ugh I have to go to work tomorrow". But then I have a dream that it's Saturday and it's so vivid that I turn my alarm off and continue to sleep. My boss calls and she's like "where the hell are you? are you coming?" and me still being in the dream state and thinking it's Saturday I reply "fine... I'll come even though I don't have to". I reluctantly get up and then it hits me! She was totally cool though and we had a laugh when I explained what had happened!

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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.

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Just a girl with a brain
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2 months ago

It’s sad to think that I probably won’t be close with my now best friends in the future

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Be Potato
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2 months ago

Belle Delphine? LOL

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htbq
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2 months ago

also known as click bait.

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"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)."

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あんぱんまん
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2 months ago

lol hahaha

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

Um-

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Life is boredom, pain, loneliness, misery and disappointment. But if you don't bother hope, you can avoid disappointment.

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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."

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Be Potato
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2 months ago

Ugh, so true! I'm still waiting for my higher spec PC to play games better, but I am afraid by that time that I will lose my passion in playing games :( Adulting is fun, but sad at times.

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Be Potato
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2 months ago

Unpaid overtime is unfortunately prevalent...

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Be Potato
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2 months ago

Sad but true... Still, people looking down on those working retail and at fast food chains, thinking that they never graduated college never change.

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ChinmayGhule
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2 months ago

LOL Nice song.

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Vorknkx
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2 months ago

Sad but true.

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Bill
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2 months ago

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Why do you look down on the construction trades?

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Indra Servo
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2 months ago

the secret is.................................................................MONEY

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あんぱんまん
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2 months ago

hahahaha.... i am already a pro at this....

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Vorknkx
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2 months ago

Anyone else recognize Doom's menu in the left pic?

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Inclusion2020
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1 month ago

Because being human is difficult and it helps a lot of people to take their most insecure thoughts or painful experiences and turn them into humor. For example, I love George Carlin.

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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2 months ago

This one hit too close to home

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Olivia Betterton
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2 months ago

i like the shirt

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Chich
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2 months ago

or Harley riders :P

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Some Cool Guy
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2 months ago

I am definitely the smartest guy in my house right now

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あんぱんまん
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2 months ago

this is cool...

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Or, in shorter "I am as miserable as everyone".

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

I don't get it.

Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

I mean, I know what r/wallstreetbets is, but I do not understand the joke. What is ruined by what?

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