Comics are not only about messages that almighty superheroes saving the day and Hello Kitty convey through the images. Self-discovery, empathy, kindness, and coping with anxiety are just a few topics to mention reflected in the comics of Slimy Oddity. Their light-hearted and colorful illustrations explain Carl Jung’s terms such as ‘shadow’ and ‘what you resist persist' and how to work with them, how to practice self-love, compassion, and inner peace. The world of drawing is just as unlimited as the boundaries of imagination and so is the philosophy within it.

Bored Panda had a chance to talk to Cherie, the artist who draws Slimy Oddity, about its characters, inspiring gurus, hard days we all have, and spirituality behind the comics.

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Ryan Deschanel
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When you are exhausted, when you feel like you cannot do anything more... it is because you have already done much, even if you cannot see it, and even if it looks easier for others. Blaming yourself is easy, but it is unfair and toxic.

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Slimy Oddity is a collaboration between illustrator Cherie and her partner Tim, the wordsmith in charge of all the accompanying words, that are usually shared in the captions. “I started drawing about 3 years ago, on my bedroom floor, armed with a box of Colleen color pencils and some rough bits of paper I had laying around. That’s when the blobs were created, which then became the central characters in my work. It all happened in such a random and sporadic manner, but I haven’t stopped drawing ever since!”

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Wrong, we grieve because we are definitely separated from them, and, if you are an atheist, because you think the person you loved no longer exists, as if their existence and soul had been anihilated.

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The two main characters are blobs: the red one is Slimy, and the purple one is Oddity. These 2 characters actually represent Cherie and her partner Tim respectively. “In some comics, you will see that Oddity is the one constantly dropping truth bombs on Slimy all the time. These are actually true stories of all the times my partner helped me along on my journey. I see him as my teacher and my mirror. He was a huge catalyst in my growth as a person, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without him! I chose these 2 blobs to represent us because I wanted them to be amorphous and non-binary, so that everyone would be able to relate and see themselves in them.”

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Mary Rose Kent
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4 weeks ago

Some of us have minds that turn against us...

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Ryan Deschanel
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If you let others pressure you, and you force yourself to grow harder or faster than you naturally can, it will work, but you will be exhausted and miserable. Live your life, love yourself, and don't let toxic people judge you, even if they think they mean well.

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Most of the topics that are on Slimy Oddity are based on Cherie’s personal experiences and the lessons that were learnt from them. She admitted that sometimes they even serve as messages of encouragement to herself on days where she is not feeling so great. “I am also deeply inspired by my favorite gurus and teachers—Ram Dass, Adyashanti, Alan Watts, just to name a few. I love sharing their quotes in my artwork, because their words have helped me so much, and I just want to pass on that wisdom to anyone else out there who might need it,” told Cherie.

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Ryan Deschanel
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4 weeks ago (edited)

OK, this one is actually a good tip.

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Jayla Smith
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that is true

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The creative universe of Slimy Oddity is largely set on this black backdrop with colorful, dazzling stars. This backdrop symbolizes the infinite space that exists within us, and a lot of the lessons that Slimy Oddity is sharing reside in this space—that which is unseen but can be felt. It serves as an invitation for people to discover the universe that exists within themselves. “I want to show people that going within is not as scary or daunting as it seems! In fact, it’s the gateway towards understanding your true authentic self, and gaining a deeper love for Life and all that it can offer.”

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I don’t get this. Even I’m a better artist than that. Do better.

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No ? Really ? Wow, I never suspected that... /s

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CAILIN FRITSCH
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4 weeks ago

I love this one <3

Cherie also shared that “I see Slimy Oddity as a fun, inviting bridge that serves as a guide to help awaken people to their true selves. We are currently in the process of writing a children's book, and we hope for it to touch the hearts of all kids and adults universally! There isn’t an end goal for Slimy Oddity, I just want to keep expanding our universe into all kinds of mediums, experiences, and expressions. I would say that a dream project of mine would be to have a Netflix series, though. It seems far-fetched right now but I’m manifesting it right now.”

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From what?

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Ryan Deschanel
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It is a sufficient reason.

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I don't know this person, but I already hate them so much...

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No, because fears are here to protect you from humiliation, failure and rejection. If you overcome your fears, something terrible will happen, and this choice will be your greatest regret in life.

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Ryan Deschanel
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People are too insecure about it : they always tend to question themselves, to blame themselves, to assume they are the problem... but they are usually wrong. You all should question other people and the world around you more, start trusting yourself.

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Camille Paek
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it's the journey that counts

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*looks around himself" : "Well... That's not true... There are things out there too..."

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And you belong to life as well.

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Abigail Coty
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I love the message here :)

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What new age cult is it ?

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CAILIN FRITSCH
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4 weeks ago

inspiring

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... Especially the mushrooms this person secretly grows in their basement.

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Ryan Deschanel
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Most people's dreams never come true, most people never achieve anything noticeable... and that's ok. You don't have to become a famous actor or a great surgeon, just try to be happy. It is already a very difficult thing.

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And if you don't resists, it gets you so it does not even need to persist anymore because it is too late and its goal is already achieved.

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Mary Rose Kent
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LSD is great for that!

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Ok, let my try... Shawn Mendes and pizza.. Shawn Mendes and pizza... Shawn Mendes and pizza... No, it does not work, you liar !

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It should be "Kill your ego, then make terribly poor choices while hating yourself and denying your self-worth until you eventually commit suicide" because it is what would happen.

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How to be happy : antidepressants, sports, plastic surgery, and Netflix.

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Synthesis : "just give up, and blame yourself for everything. It will make you miserable, and you will hate yourself even more because of that". Thanks for the advice, but no.

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... but do not step too far from your comfort zone, or else it would be useless, dangerous, embarrassing and painful.

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tmw
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3 weeks ago

taco tues in bed? yum

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