Meet the New York-based comic illustrator, writer, and producer Tom Hunt, the person behind the popular webcomic series called the "Scarecrowbar." Tom is a creative genius that loves to make illustrations that include sarcastic, witty, and mostly relatable everyday situations when it comes to things such as your 9-5 office job or even mundane daily tasks like cooking (albeit sometimes quite unsuccessfully). It’s also worth mentioning that Hunt’s simplistic visual style (have you noticed that his characters often lack lips?) makes for a brilliant combination that can take the reader from gleeful laughter to straight-up deep philosophical thoughts in one swoop.

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Ozymandias73
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8 months ago

this should be wayyyyyy higher

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Bored Panda reached out to Tom Hunt with some questions! First, we asked the artist if he had any major influences in his life that might've helped him to develop and refine his style.

"The trio of cartoonists that opened up the world of webcomics to me were Ryan North, Anthony Clark, and KC Green of Dinosaur Comics, Nedroid, and Gunshow Comics, respectively. Anime Club by KC Green remains one of my favorite things ever made.

One of the greatest modern comic masterpieces is Pictures for Sad Children, of which I drew a lot of visual inspiration, especially early on. Recently, I’ve been enjoying Close Your Eyes Look At The Mountains. Juniper Abernathy may be making the best comics in the world right now, everything she releases is gold."

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Connor Van Der Werf
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8 months ago

so true

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best turtle
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8 months ago

worth it

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Art, in any kind of form, takes a lot of time not only to practice but also to produce, therefore we asked Tom how long it takes him to fully finish his comics.

"It depends, as I imagine it does for most cartoonists. Sometimes I tinker endlessly trying to find the right punchline. The best comics are usually the ones that come naturally on the first pass—though those are rare. I’m lucky to have a few friends I demo every comic on before posting—without them I’d be lost."

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R Carson
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8 months ago

I applaud.

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R Carson
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8 months ago

Cycle of life-fun.

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Being an artist is not easy, one can easily encounter a lack of inspiration, burnout, etc, so we wanted to ask Hunt about his ideas for the comics.

"A lot of it is having imaginary conversations in my head. Following the threads of your wandering thoughts until it unveils something that makes you laugh. Some of my comics have been called 'political' to which, sure, sometimes I’ve been overt about that. But I guess that’s just because it’s at the forefront of my mind at the moment. I try to stay honest to wherever my headspace is at."

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best turtle
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8 months ago

ok

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Devil's Advocate
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8 months ago

Wait there's a 6:30 *AM*???

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As we mentioned before, sometimes creative work can cause quite a burnout, therefore we asked the artist how he dealt with that as well.

"Having done a lot of different types of work, it’s hard to complain about burnout for creative work. That said, every now and then I find myself in a place where I’m thinking 'I don’t really have anything to say right now'—what are you supposed to do? If anyone reading this knows, please tell me."

We also asked Tom about how people usually react to his work.

"Mostly pretty positive! Anytime someone reaches out to tell me they really like a comic or it made them laugh or it changed their mind about something—I don’t take that lightly. It really makes my day. I hope anyone who does that knows their acts of kindness make a huge difference in my world."

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Mark Howell
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8 months ago

That's what uncles are for, and buying drum kits for them at christmas ;o))

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Bobby
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8 months ago

This feeling is something that prompted me to get a sleep study and find out I have narcolepsy. Apnea can cause this feeling too. Don't be afraid to bring it up to your doc

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The creative process is not easy, but there are always some enjoyable parts to it.

"There’s a moment while illustrating when a comic crosses the threshold between an idea and a real thing. It always sneaks up on me during the process—but suddenly I’ll look up and see it’s coming to life and this is what it will look like. It’s exciting and satisfying."

We also asked about the inspiration behind the artist's Instagram account.

"When George Floyd was murdered I wanted to scream into the universe. I ended up locking myself away for several hours to draw some comics to work out how I felt, something I’ve done since I was very young. I ended up showing a couple to friends who encouraged me to post them, so I did—and not too long after I found them at the top of Reddit. So I decided to keep going with it."

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best turtle
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8 months ago

i want this power

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Ozymandias73
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8 months ago (edited)

He told the truth though

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Artists tend to get motivated by a lot of things such as curiosity, the search for beauty, or even meaning. Therefore, we asked Tom about that too.

"It’s hard to explain—I think part of it is compulsive. A comedian once told me they perform on stage every night because of some unquantifiable draw to it—they just *need* to do it. I feel the same way about making things—whether it’s comics or any creative pursuit. Woodblock printmaker David Bull has a great video on YouTube about how his art will live on for generations—maybe that's part of it. Through your art, part of you can live forever. Until science discovers the secrets of immortality, in which case it'll turn out I'd have wasted my time."

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Ryan Deschanel
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8 months ago

So SHE is the bad one just because she willingly disobeys the law and selfishly parties while putting everyone else's life in danger? It...! It makes sense actually.

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Bored Birgit
Community Member
8 months ago

Aaaw. If only.

Digital art and art, in general, is not easy and requires a lot of patience, time, resources, and in most cases, even money. Therefore, we wanted to know how the talented artist started his own career in digital art.

"I actually had a Tumblr comics blog back in 2011 but didn’t stick with it for a myriad of reasons. But I’m glad I came back to it—there’s a great tweet from Jesse Moynihan, who was a storyboard artist for Adventure Time at the time. It said: '‘I want to make comics but I’m bad at drawing’—Draw, you dummy! Fucking work at something, you lazy pussy!'—I adored that. It was exactly what I needed to hear—not just for comics but everything. I printed it out and taped it to my wall."

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Ozymandias73
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8 months ago

OMG, has happened to me. Will have my phone IN HAND and feel the "buzzing" in my pocket

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Helen Haley
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8 months ago

We're still in a pandemic, but my stress level still went down because it doesn't feel like we're constantly on the brink of annihilation. At least, not from anything that isn't climate change.

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Boba_tea pride
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8 months ago

LMAO

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Helen Haley
Community Member
8 months ago

If we could just sink use some of the money going to the wildly bloated military for things like education, proper training for police (instead of just handing them military-grade weapons), infrastructure, and healthcare, the US would be far better off.

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Rissie
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8 months ago

They don't know exactly, they probably know your income tax, but not your deductibles or any offshore activities or side hustles. You need to tell. And if you're mistaken and audited. Well, that differs per country.

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grotesqueer
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8 months ago

I wonder why parrots have the reputation of the talking animal instead of crows even though crows mimic speech much much better. Is it just because we spent more time with them because we have them as pets?

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PenitentEyeball
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8 months ago

What?

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#1 WEIRDO
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8 months ago

This is me like 24/7

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Deni Castro
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8 months ago

No, you are not.

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Bored Birgit
Community Member
8 months ago

Haha! And that's why dogs and cats rule the world.

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Chich
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8 months ago

I've said it before, someone really has to get texas into therapy.

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best turtle
Community Member
8 months ago

and also movie trailors for movies that come out in 2 years

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R Carson
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8 months ago

Get ya.

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R Carson
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8 months ago

Anyone with critical thinking abilities.

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Chandelure F-5
Community Member
8 months ago

And so, the genie went back in the lamp, and never granted a wish again.

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Kat Girl
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1 month ago

Yay.

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R Carson
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8 months ago

Our current education system.

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