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A Day at The Oatmeal

“Today I don’t feel like doing anything…” What a new song..


Yes, I really don’t feel like doing anything today. Supposedly, I am to blog about weird and hilarious internet trends in 2016 but it seems like my focus and concentration to work on it isn’t there for now so what I did is that I browsed sites which I usually stop by: Facebook, Twitter…etc.  In my Facebook profile, I happen to notice this certain page that is included in my liked pages which (kind of) surprised me because I haven’t checked it out before.

The page titled as The Oatmeal. I checked it out, saw the linked website and voila! It fascinates and entertains me. According to the great man named Matthew Inman, the owner of the site, The Oatmeal is a compilation of HIS comics and blogs alone; there are also some of his published books that is already in the process of advertisement. His topics focused on let’s say simple comics/cartoon but with very clever ending. This is what gets my attention. I love clever endings; those with dark humor and whimsy idea but still end up entertaining and …what else?

It makes you think twice before you proceed to the next comic.

I also admire how he illustrates his characters. They don’t look good, the imperfections are there and that’s what I think is amazing maybe because it also what makes the entire site comical. I’ve read some of its comics and so far my favorite among all his works is the “How to be perfectly unhappy” because I relate to it, as simple as that. Let me just share two of Matthew Inman’s comics that really got me.


“My Dog is a Paradox”. After I’ve read this comic, I suddenly thought of my dog (Yes, aside from cats, I now have a dog) Inman is right. Our dogs won’t be there for so long unlike us. Their life span is only around 10 to 13 years and after that death will come and get them away from us. I actually had this sudden realization about my dear pets. My cat has been there for me since I was nine, I have developed a deep relationship with it because of course, and she’s the only thing I had when my parents died. (Let’s cut that, I hate dramas.) And yet now I have a dog, a gift from a friend of mine who I happened to see seldom, I just thought of her through the dog.

It seem strange to me.

Within only three months, I was able to get close with the dog, our favorite playtime was the “fetch-thing” the one they oddly love to play and he’s very clingy I don’t know but I think he’s clingier than my kitty… He licks my face all the time and Inman is right, my dog loves to lick his balls which made me sometimes stay away from him afterwards.

Though we just met and I’ve been with him only three months from now, I already consider my dog as my best friend and I think we should, right?

(This comic is quite long but I can assure you it’s worth the read. Keep reading!)

Creativity is like breathing.”

crea1crea2crea3crea4crea5crea6crea7crea8crea9This one serves as a piece of advice to me. I am a blogger and sometimes I also feel like everything I do is a mess which occasionally I guess, is right. My mind has to run and run to all the thoughts that I think is crucial just to come up with a topic but then still I have stumbled on writer’s block. There was a time when I really don’t know what to type about… what to tackle, or anything I was simply clueless of what to do. I realized then that I really need to breathe. I need to rejuvenate, get out (which seriously not my thing) and have a bit of fun. Such a good advice for suffocating artists!


Overall, The Oatmeal is a good recommendation for those people who wish to brighten their apathetic days. The site does not simple revolve around a single concept but he’s intention to entertain and just create is there, his readers just have to appreciate his works all the time, no matter how simple it’ll be.


Check out the site here:

My Top 10 list of SHANGHAI TANGO’s Simple yet Brilliant and Most Witty Illustrations


Been fond of scrutinizing the inner sense of arts?

Well, Gao Youjun who goes by the name Shanghai Tango’s illustrations are the best fit for you. Tango creates plain illustrations that often require a second look. Dryly drawn cats, dogs, penguins, even society or anything that make imaginative observations of everyday life are the focus of his arts.


It isn’t surprising to know that Tango have plenty collections of his witty illustrations because according to what I have read about him, he began drawing these cartoons in 2010, so that’s going to be 6 years from now. Can you imagine how many are those cartoons? Nah, (raises white flag~)


Okay, In regards to Tango’s amazing clever illustrations I have checked out 30 of those (Not even got to half of his entire works) and had come up with Top 10 which really made my mind insane or to make it short, Tango’s simple yet unpredictably witty illustrations.


  1. Thought someone was hanging to death? Nope. Look inside. hang to death.jpg


  1. These dogs got their unique but hmm… such a very hilarious way to tan themselves. Take a look at this.9 hilarious animal tanning.jpg


  1. Lovers in Paris. A simple hug has turned into a famous landmark in Paris–The Eiffel Tower.8 lovers in paris


  1. All things could be easy to handle if we only think on the positive side of it. This guy lightens his job by the thought of his dream to participate in Olympics.7 dream to be in Olympics


  1. Is there anyone who could be as silly as this guy? What is there to draw such a tower-like lines to form a cone just to let your dog poop in. See? He now left a “poo-cream” on the floor. Silly human.6 Instant poo-cream


  1. How many illustrations did you see? I bet two, yes? This one really had me to take another glance on it. And all I have seen is this girl’s emotional state under depression and stress.5 depression hits


  1. Remember when a certain guy put his eyeglasses on the floor in a museum and people thought it was a part of the exhibit I am not saying it was a terrible prank but the fact that people easily thought such things were piece of art is really alarming. It’s like anything can be an art as long as it was made by someone popular or even anonymous though what he/she created is totally nothing yet gave an impact to the public. Is modern art a mess?4 modern art


  1. What an amazing cliffhanger! Ever thought construction workers could possibly be construction tic tac toe players? Tango nailed it to these two.3 construction players


  1. Oh look! Everyone’s mourning for the loss of their relative. Wait. Let me take a better view on this. Nah, they’re just enjoying their hi-tech smart phones. Who knows they’re tagging themselves on Facebook.2 different sides to mourn


And lastly, the one who really caught my attention.


  1. This & sign which I think represents the “end” instead of its correct usage which is the “and”. Why? Analyze the photo. The couple seems to fade on the bench. So it only means they “ended” the relationship. This is just my opinion. I don’t know what you thought of this but if you think, you figured out the possible sense of this illustration, please comment it down. I also want to know.&= end relationship


I have few observations with Shanghai Tango’s illustrations. He seems to love penguins because in all of his cartoons where animals were featured, penguins have been frequently used.example for penguins can easily put cartoon ideas on I don’t know maybe because the way he drew penguins helped him to easily come up with amazing master piece or he simply have this huge admiration with penguins. Who knows? As an addition to this, Tango also uses the concept of everyday living in which his audience really need to take a second look or think. Just like the cartoon on my top list the “&” symbol, I really scrutinize it thoroughly though I am not sure if we guys have the same analysis of it.





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