“Take your broken heart and turn it into art,” they say. It’s more about channeling bad feelings into amusing comics in Stephen Beals’ situation. Yes, you read that correctly: “Adult Children” has returned to Bored Panda!
Stephen Beals is an artist who has been creating comics “out of pure love for the art form” for as long as he can remember. As Stephen has stated, his illustrations are a way for him to unwind after a long day at work. He called them “Adult Youngsters” because “adulthood appears to be a lie we tell children in order to encourage them to behave,” according to the artist.
The comics depict real-life scenarios from the retail industry. Despite the fact that the minor bits of work life are presented in a lighthearted manner, we feel that most of us can hear the characters silently scream out of hopelessness and tiredness. Simultaneously, the pictures are extremely relatable.
Since he’s always been a fan of Bored Panda, the artist was ecstatic to see his cartoons featured there. “I can only look at a post about my work with one eye open. I’ll make an effort to be brave. I might look with both eyes. We’ll have to wait and see…”
Don’t miss our earlier post, which features more of the witty and candid “Adult Children” comics. We also recommend that you employ all of your senses.
Stephen Beals, separated into four parts, is the protagonist of these comics. This is a fascinating thought. We all have distinct personalities, according to the artist, or at least Stephen has “four usable ones.”
Penny and Berle are brother and sister, according to the artist. Harvey (Stephen’s grandfather’s name) has known them since they were children and has a long-standing friendship with Penny.
Harvey is Stephen’s alter persona, Berle is his entire identity, Penny is his small share of the blame, and Claremont (the dog) represents Stephen at his best, “which is why he’s a dog.” Todd (an extra) is a character who portrays the artist’s innocent side.
The artist graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in animation, . Stephen claims that he was still an adolescent and hence foolish for virtually all of his college years. “I made a poor decision. I enjoy animation and film, but I never intended to work in the field. I wanted to work in comics, but it’s famously difficult to generate enough money to afford the comforts I’ve become accustomed to, such as toilet paper, so I ended up working at the university library. I just adore libraries! Who doesn’t like it? If you don’t, visit your local library to learn more.”
Stephen went on to say: “It was a busy day at the library where I worked. Quite occupied. busy as in ‘I’m going to die’ busy. I interacted with every type of individual you can think of. Libraries are comparable to stores in that they are open to the public and are free of charge, therefore everyone is welcome unless they are attempting to set the place on fire.”
“I considered becoming a librarian, but I had already spent a lot of money on my art degree, and it felt like wasting a good bottle of milk.” I left to pursue a career in advertising. For several years, I produced every imaginable commercial and worked on marketing tactics to sell items that I wouldn’t buy unless I was in the middle of a hostage situation. Advertising became a bit cold and repetitive at the end. Even oddballs like me, I missed people.
To assist pay for my pricey habit of heating my house, I used to work part-time at huge retail stores. I like working with people once more, but it was difficult to become enthused about mundane retail issues like price tag placement or expiring candy bars.
I decided to combine my two hobbies and return to working at a print shop, where I could serve the public. I’ve worked for a number of printing companies and now work for one of the largest. I occasionally get to design things and interact with unusual individuals. Perfect!”
Even though the artist is busy working at the print shop, he still manages to post comics every day. It’s Stephen’s favorite part of the day. “It takes me a long time to get started on something, and I overcome that difficulty by never quitting once I’ve started,” said the renowned writer Shelby Foote.
For the artist, the most difficult aspect of the creative process is conveying the concept. “I used to laugh when other cartoonists said that doing comics was like writing poetry, but now I believe it. It doesn’t work until the timing with dialog is on key. I know because I’ve created hundreds of comics that have failed miserably. That is, in fact, how I acquire all of my knowledge. A few hundred failures are equivalent to a few hundred successes.
“Good writing may overcome lousy art, while good art can never overcome bad writing, according to an old proverb. When I’m in a rush, I rely heavily on this proverb. I produce certain comics just for me, such as the one I did with the iambic parameter. Even if I’m the only one who enjoys it, those are too much fun to be considered failures.”
Stephen stated that he enjoys writing, which we assume you already knew. “Books are the only thing I enjoy as much as comic books. I’m always listening to an audiobook, reading a book, and surfing the web. If you were offered a writing job, what would you do?
Old humorists are also a big fan of the artist. “Many humorous essay books were illustrated by excellent cartoonists, and I consider those books to be wonderful. I’d like to have one eBook out by the end of the year, if only to satisfy myself and have something for people to buy. Short of that, I’d like to resume writing a weekly blog post or essay (something I used to do for websites that no longer exist).”
Newspaper cartoonists from his boyhood were what first sparked the artist’s interest in comics. “It’s a one-of-a-kind sort of entertainment. My passion for comics is still alive and well among today’s creators. I’d put today’s crop of cartoonists up against any in the medium’s history. I’ve met a few of my fellow creators, and they never fail to make me laugh and make me enjoy everything about cartooning.”
“I get more personal replies to my comics about retail than I have to anything else I’ve ever done. People have written to tell me some amusing stories as well as stories about difficult work situations. That is, without a doubt, more satisfying than any amount of money. As far as I’m aware. I’d like to put that hypothesis to the test by collecting a significant sum of money and comparing the two, but the experiment is currently unfunded.”