James Breakwell (previously here and here) is a father of four little kids, all of them girls, so it probably goes without saying that his life is pretty chaotic. Yet somehow, James finds the time to create relatable comics about the everyday life of a modern family. Granted, he cuts some corners when it comes to forming, but it's the content that counts.
Titled Unbelievably Bad Webcomic, this funny comics series isn't the only thing James has been working on. He has also published two books, with several more planned for release in the coming years. Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse offered useful advice for how to raise kids as happy, healthy people in a world overrun by the undead. Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child taught regular moms and dads to become overachieving parents by doing less.
"I’m a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls, ages nine and under," James told Bored Panda. "As far as artistic background, I have none whatsoever. The look of my comics is inspired by the stick figures on the doors to public restrooms. I can’t draw at all, but I try to be consistently bad in the same ways every day. That way it looks like a deliberate stylistic choice rather than just me being awful."
"The comics follow the adventures of a dad, mom, four daughters, and two pet pigs as they navigate the challenges of everyday life. They’re like my tweets, but in panel form."
"My kids are the starting point for almost all of my jokes," he said. "Even if they don’t literally ride wolves or launch each other from catapults. At least I hope they don’t. I haven’t checked on them in a while. Everybody’s kids are weird, and my comics celebrate that. Anyone who says they have normal children is lying."
James started creating comics because he wanted to tell jokes he couldn’t on Twitter. "Comics let me be a little more out there," he explained. "I can draw my kids with flamethrowers without anyone reporting me to CPS."
"Plus, in the comics my kids never get older. With my Twitter jokes, I have to keep updating their ages, and eventually they’ll be adults. But in my comics, they’ll be young forever. That way I can keep telling kid jokes. My children are going to put me in a terrible nursing home."
James' next book, How to Save Your Child From Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else That Might Happen On An Average Tuesday comes out November 5th but is already available to pre-order. It features all-new comics, plus graphs, tables, and a bunch of words.