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We’re happy to share with you the most recent comics by Valérie Minelli. You might remember this artist from Luxembourg, who creates a wholesome series dedicated to situations in life that are relatable to the majority of people. As the illustrator shared with us during our last interview: "If I do share some very intimate (maybe sad) moments, it’s mostly because I know that someone out there feels the same way, and we can all help each other heal. Some comics also aren’t biographical, but no one will ever know which ones are and which I just made up, or got inspiration from other people."

Scroll down to see the newest works by Valérie and to find out what we learned about the artist herself during our interview. Also, if you missed our previous posts featuring earlier comics by Mrs. Frollein, you should definitely check them out.

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Love, Laughter, And Life: Dive Into Valérie Minelli's Heartwarming Comics (53 New Pics)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel so stupid when I do this, but often I am so nervous about remembering to go, that I get nothing done that day.

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Bored Panda contacted Valérie and asked some questions about Mrs. Frollein's comics. First, the artist shared with us more information about the characters featured in her series: “My comics are mostly based on real life, so I don't have much ‘development’ to do to create the characters. They just ARE, you know what I mean? The characters are mostly a toned-down version of my BF and me. I don't include any of our swearing or things that I don't think would fit the funny but still wholesome narrative of the overall comic series. I also try not to share anything that might be unpleasant for one of the people the comics are based on. Even if I'd love to do that sometimes!”

Asked about the storyline she particularly enjoyed creating, Minelli answered: “My personal favorite storyline is definitely the one about my childhood dog! It's a sad one but at the same time a happy memory. I feel that everyone can tell how much that doggy meant to me, and a lot of people relate to it. I always receive a lot of cute pet pictures from followers in my DMs after posting a comic about my dog.”

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had to go out today and the rain and wind made me long som much to be able to stay home, but it was an old promise, that I couldn't go back on. Now I drink tea and relax in my big chair and promise myself to stay inside, for the rest of the day.

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We were also wondering how Valérie’s style has evolved over time. The illustrator told us: “I think my style almost remained the same. The characters didn't change that much. They are still very chibi-like and cute and they still don't have a nose! The few things that drastically changed are the use of colors and creating backgrounds. I used to only draw in grayscale but after a while, I felt that I wanted to use color, as I really love illustrating and creating. Using only gray felt a bit boring and sad after a while. (I used a warm color palette, inspired by the cover of one of my favorite albums: How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals) The same goes for the backgrounds, I guess. The comics began to feel a bit flat and repetitive and I just wanted to put more details and love into them. It takes more time but it's also more fun drawing them!”

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Lastly, Minelli shared with us what, in her opinion, makes a good comic and what common mistakes artists should avoid: “I think in comics, as in many other areas of art, it's important that it triggers something in the reader/consumer.

Be it to make someone laugh or to make them think. Maybe you can also get a tear or two out of someone.If a person feels different after reading a comic than before, I'd say you've done everything right!”

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“I think the most common mistake is to expect to get everything right from one day to the next. Here, too, as in almost all areas, it's important not to be too hard on yourself. In an age where you upload everything to social media and expect an immediate response, it can be very demotivating if a post doesn't get the recognition you wanted and expected. I think that's when you try to bend yourself and no longer do what you actually want to do. You just crave likes and shares, etc. But it's all pretty arbitrary. The algorithm does what it wants anyway.

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So it's best to just do what you want to do and try to have fun. And don't let it get you down.”

Finally, Valérie added: “It's easier said than done. Unfortunately, I can't always do that myself. I have to try to listen to myself more often.”

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean, you can always scroll your phone and pretend to be uploading a file...

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this is why I must listen to a sitcom or audio book to sleep. The fake scenarios will never stop.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dare you all to name one anime without a white haired character, and I will use that as an excuse to watch anime more to prove you wrong

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Familiar. I always try to buy Christmas presents months before Christmas, so the really hard part is waiting to december 24. to give them. I don't always succeed.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Three days a week I go to our local bar. Us old farts sit there and do exactly this and have a great time.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am glad that lately it is not only the cute animals that people want to protect.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me anytime I play my songs in the car on a roadtrip. All of the sudden my family become a bunch of music critics.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I ADORE THAT SONG TO THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART -assuming this is the chorus to Stan by Eminem