J. L. Westover aka Mr. Lovenstein describes his comics as “Sad and pathetic, but in a funny way.” On September 20th, he will be celebrating eight years of running this show, and you should too.
The artist said that he’s interested in the ways we find humor in things that normally cause us a lot of stress and pain. “We seek laughter when we’re suffering,” he told Bored Panda. “I like to explore that suffering and isolate what’s so damn funny about it. Why do we find cringe funny? Why do bad movies make us laugh? I also find life to be utterly absurd and you can show how absurd it is with very little effort.”
There are, however, themes you won’t come across in Mr. Lovenstein comics. Specifically, anything that isolates a group just to ridicule them. “I steer clear of racism, sexism, and any other evil ism’s out there. There’s enough hate in the world.”
“When someone resonates with my work, it’s perhaps the single most gratifying part of creating anything,” the artist added. “It’s hard to speak for my audience, but I think they’re overall lovers of comedy. I could get all philosophical and introspective, but above all else I make jokes and people like to laugh. Maybe if you scratch below the surface, some are drawn to the tinge of sadness, the absurdism, and the utter silliness of it all.”
The pressure to create something new and good on a regular basis, and being broke are a few things that Mr. Lovenstein has to constantly fight against, but let’s hope he continues his quest, producing many more sad and pathetic (but in a funny way) stories. Scroll down to check out his newest work, and if you fancy, take a look at his older comics as well.