Every comic artist has a special attachment to their work. Characters feel like your children, with ever-evolving personalities that develop and become a separate part from you. They start to live on their own.

Therefore seeing yourself in a comic based on your real life and sharing that comic with two more friends must feel extra special. That is what the “Pudin and Flan” comic is all about. This comic is the creation of three creative minds: Destinee Cleveland, Jackie King, and James Averett. The adventures that these characters have are both fun and relatable, yet sometimes touch on more difficult topics too.

One of the artists spoke to Bored Panda about the beginning and the inspiration behind it.

“The comic is loosely based on me and friends from college. I’ve always wanted to do a comic and tell stories, so when we originally put this together it was actually a pitch for an animated show. We pitched it to Frederator Studios, but they didn’t really like the story. I didn’t want to give up on the story, and so we decided to turn it into a webcomic.”

See more of their previous comics in part 1.

More info: Instagram | mobile.twitter.com | Facebook | puddingandflan.com

Continuing on the topic of inspiration, the artist said that: “a lot of it just comes from who we are as people and how we would react in certain situations. We’re all gamers and huge animation buffs, so it has definitely inspired a lot of how we see the characters. They’ve basically started taking on a life of their own.”

Working with your friends sounds fun, but making the comic requires actual work, such as discussing new ideas. The artist shared how they manage to accomplish that. “We’re always thinking of hilarious things, and we actually have a pitch board in Slack where we’re constantly updating ideas and refining them for the comic. We all work full-time, so it’s hard to schedule meetings, but Slack keeps everything organized so we can comment when we can and suggest changes.”

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Jellicle bat
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like he's wearing 4 plastic bags and a pair of shoes he stole from a children's store

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Three creative minds that work together towards one goal have an advantage in creating new comics faster. “It takes about a week from start to finish. Since there are three of us, we all have a specific part to play. I’m usually the one who has the final say in how the comic will look before it goes up. James is our main artist, and he’s phenomenal when it comes to looking at my concept art or listening to describe a scene."

Artist continued on their different roles. "We’re very in sync when it comes to our humor, and he’s always able to catch the very essence of what I want to convey in each scene. Jackie (Flan) is our main colorist, and she’s my best friend. We brainstorm a lot, and I run a lot of my ideas by her. She’s also really funny, so some of the stories are from her personal experiences with the public.”

And lastly, she added: “each character, as corny as it sounds, is a work of love. They are basically our alter egos. They can do and say things we don’t do, and I guess, in a way we’re able to live vicariously through them.”

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Michelle C
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m not sure why this made me laugh really hard, but it did!!

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

That cat now lives rent free in my nightmares

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best turtle
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

nothing in that purse is worth losing your finger (or hand) over

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Alexander Smith
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was decided a while back anyone I date gets approved by my colleagues where I work so...yeah I can see this happening.

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Lindsay Harless
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awe I love this!! Makes up for the banana pudding cookie rudeness lol

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

I feel awkward for asking, but what was it? It kind of looks like a bottle of Patrón but I don't drink alcohol, so I don't know

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

Really digging god having vitiligo! That's so cool!

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Deborah Harris2
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this Ruby Rhod oh my god!!!!! Pop it B Man <3

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Autistic apricot
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1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Any time i see Rosa parks i think of the horrible history song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koeio4fqwmU

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Michelle C
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m not sure if my students know this song and I am afraid they would be singing it all day if they did!!

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Michelle C
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I honestly thought James and Pudin’ were a brother and sister pair, possibly even twins!

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Chani Hunter
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The toilet paper comment in the middle of the meeting hit me hard (because I always interrupt my dad for stupid stuff lmfao)

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Michelle C
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will admit I cried when he released that video!

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Chani Hunter
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*cough* animal crossing *cough-cough* You gonna take them or else *cough*

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Kimberley Gayle Thomas
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that tummy. Looks like a babies after a full bottle of milk.

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