Funny comics are a great way to pass the time as they delight people of all ages. The secret of their popularity lies in the ability to make one identify with their content, as cartoons often portray everyday life situations that have happened to many people. In the Internet age, human nature is fully exposed on social media and that makes it easy for artists to notice general trends in human behavior and translate it into a drawing.
Jauneil Arvin Ma-ao, also known as the Idiot from the East, is a Filipino artist who creates fairly relatable and hilarious comics. He turns familiar life situations into humorous illustrations that amuse his more than 15,000 followers on Instagram. We are happy to share his artwork with you pandas. Hopefully these comics are just what you needed right now. Let us know what you think!
Bored Panda is always happy to share new works from artists around the world. This is the first article to feature “East Idiot” comics, so we were excited to learn a little more about Jauneil’s creative process and the artist himself.
The story of the “Idiot from the east” began not so long ago. Jauneil originally planned to finish his engineering studies, find a job, and save some money so he could start making webcomics, which was his true passion. However, life took an unexpected turn and the pandemic happened. In his fourth year of college, Jauneil canceled his classes, leaving him with a lot of free time. The artist bought a drawing tablet, made some drawings, posted them on the internet, some people loved them and so he began his journey as a webcomic artist. I guess we should thank the pandemic that we can now enjoy the Jauneil comics.
The first thing that caught our eye was Jauneil’s choice of comics name: “Idiot from the East.” The artist shared that when he was trying to figure out a name, he thought that if someone wanted to insult him, he would have no weight because his name is already in it. Smart! The eastern part of course comes from where he is from (Philippines). “In the end, I thought it was catchy too, so I stuck with it,” the artist added.