We can’t guarantee you’ll make it through your week if you don’t follow these 14 comic artists on Instagram.
Many adults have fond memories of asking their parents for the comics section of the newspaper on sleepy Sunday mornings. Now, however, most people get their news online, and comics are being consumed digitally as well. With more than 200k Instagram posts tagged with the hashtag #comicstrip, it’s never been easier to get your daily dose of art combined with comedy. It may not be exactly the same thing as spreading the colorful pages of the Sunday cartoons across the kitchen table, but we can guarantee that the following Instagram comic artists are funnier and more relatable than your average Garfield cartoon (sorry, Garfield). Be sure to follow these 14 Instagram comics and then warn your friends to prepare to be tagged in dozens of your favorite funny posts.
1. Catana Comics (@catanacomics)
It’s easy to see why this comic artist has 209k (and growing) followers on Instagram. Her premise is simple: every week she posts a minimalist gray-scale comic of herself and her boyfriend “doing things,” as it says in the account description. It’s amazing how often the daily little moments between Catana and her bearded boyfriend strike a chord with her followers, as evidenced by the hundreds of comments tagging friends or significant others while exclaiming “So true!” and “Oh my god, how real,” and “This is so us.” In a world full of cynicism and stress, it’s nice to get a weekly peek at this sweet and endlessly relatable relationship.
2. Sarah Andersen Comics (@sarahandersencomics)
Comic artist Sarah Andersen also delivers extremely relatable content on Instagram in the form of simple, black-and-white comics about little moments in her life. Whether it’s ignoring approaching deadlines, keeping up with shaving (or not) while in a relationship, or social awkwardness, we all struggle with the same fears and challenges, and Sarah’s 1.3 million followers are proof of that. Luckily her comics manage to make you laugh about them. Plus, there’s a cute talking rabbit who shows up as her occasional companion and advice-giver.
3. Jake Likes Onions (@jakelikesonions)
The only information this comic artist provides in his Instagram bio is “I like onions.” It’s this deadpan, absurdist sense of humor that makes his comics a hit among his 155k followers. With a mix of simplified and extremely detailed black-and-white illustrations, these comics tend to have punch lines that veer into unpredictable, goofy and sometimes dark territory.
4. Brooklyn Cartoons (@brooklyncartoons)
This Instagram account perfectly captures the experience of living in Brooklyn today. Whether it’s the struggles of getting the ideal brunch picture for social media, the realities of modern dating or jokes about Snapchat filters and gluten aversion, every comic is so spot-on it will make you laugh and possibly even cringe in recognition of yourself and your friends. Even if you’re not a millennial living in Brooklyn, you’ll enjoy this comic artist’s accurate, good-natured roast of a very specific demographic.
5. Rubyetc (@rubyetc_)
Crude line drawings, hilarious life insights and just the right amount of profanity make up this popular Instagram account with 95k followers. Comic artist Ruby Elliot tackles anxiety, depression and many of the uglier aspects of life with really, really funny illustrations and jokes. Ruby’s comics manage to be weird and quirky and surprising but still endlessly relatable.
6. Sad Animal Facts (@sadanimalfacts)
As you probably guessed from the name, this Instagram comic with 100k followers sticks to a very strict theme. Comic artist Brooke Barker posts colorful illustrations featuring an animal and its response to a sobering fact about itself. Not only do you get to learn something new about an animal with every comic, but you also get a good chuckle out of it. The illustrated animals are always really cute, too, so you can’t help but feel bad for them while you laugh.
7. Beth Draws Things (@bethdrawsthings)
Beth Evans is the comic artist behind this popular Instagram account that has 180k followers relating to her every post. Almost every comic features a very simple blob person with two small dots for eyes and sometimes a mouth reacting to commonplace stressors like social anxiety, responsibilities, self-esteem issues, making new friends, money and overthinking. That might seem heavy but it’s actually not, thanks to Evans’ ability to take these issues and transform them into silly jokes. You’ll find yourself wanting to share every post with your friends.
8. Liz Climo (@lizclimo)
Liz Climo posts adorable animal comics on her Instagram account that has 168k followers. It’s easy to see why her illustrations have such broad appeal. The talking animals are sweet but also funny in unexpected ways. This will be the most heartwarming account in your feed, guaranteed.
9. Adam Tots (@adamtots)
People in their 20s and 30s in particular are sure to love comic artist Adam Ellis’ portrayal of modern life (his 490k followers certainly do). His vibrant comics poke fun at himself and other millennials with posts about cutting your own bangs, trying to eat healthy, and pop culture. He also tends to use Instagram’s multipicture feature to great effect, making it really fun to swipe through a comic to get to the punch line.
10. Poorly Drawn Lines (@poorlydrawnlines) and Trash Bird (@trash_bird_)
Reza Farazmand is the comic artist behind the popular Poorly Drawn Lines as well as Trash Bird. In Poorly Drawn Lines, Farazmand creates a simple, colorful world populated with talking animals, people, robots and occasionally even ghosts and aliens. If you’re into surrealist, absurdist humor, then you’ll love Poorly Drawn Lines.
And then of course there’s also Trash Bird, possibly the most succinctly hilarious comic strip out there. Trash Bird is lovable and incorrigible.
11. Hannah Hillam (@hannahhillam)
Comic artist Hannah Hillam posts a new comic to her Instagram account every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for her 148k followers. Cat lovers in particular will love her cat-centric posts, but she also draws funny, relatable comics about everything from mental illness to relationships.
12. Natalya Lobanova (@natalyalobanova)
Talented artist Natalya Lobanova alternates between detailed sketches and very simple drawings, usually in black ink on pastel backgrounds. This makes for an extremely aesthetically pleasing Instagram account, but her comics also happen to be really funny.
13. Loryn Brantz (@lorynbrantz)
With her colorful comics, Loryn Brantz perfectly captures the minutiae of modern life as a millennial woman. Whether it’s about being a dog lover, trying to put fitted sheets on a bed or struggling to make friends, the comic artist receives countless comments exclaiming, “That’s me!” Don’t be fooled by Brantz’s super-cute comic persona, however. Her comics aren’t just funny and relatable — they’re also extremely smart.
14. The Oatmeal (@theoatmeal)
It wouldn’t be a list of online comics without The Oatmeal. This popular comic by Matthew Inman has been around since 2009 and now has more than 700k followers on Instagram. His comics poke fun at things like dieting, politics, the realities of owning a pet and various elements of modern life. His goofy drawing style and sense of humor will make you laugh even as you realize he’s making fun of your man bun and selfie stick.