Plenty of us love to read. Or say that we do. But finding the time to do so is, more often than not, much more difficult than we’d like. After a hard day at work or school, instead of snuggling up with a doggo, a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and a good novel, we usually end up being couch potatoes in front of the TV or computer screen.
Well, not to worry, because artist John Atkinson of ‘Wrong Hands’ has you covered. The illustrator created a series of cartoons that will help any lover of the written word catch up on the literature they missed out on. Whether it’s the classics or popular modern hits.
“I’ve always loved to draw even as a young child,” Atkinson told Bored Panda in an in-depth interview. “I studied Fine Art at University and after spectacularly failing as a famous artist, took up graphic design. The cartooning is a more recent endeavor.”
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“Cartooning is a great way to extract the silliness bottled up in my head,” the artist said during the interview. “Humor is subjective so it’s always interesting to read other people’s reactions to my work. I get a wide range of comments from “This is hilarious” to “You think you’re so clever, you’re not!” to “I don’t get it.”
Atkinson joked: “The last one is always my favorite. I usually like to respond “I don’t get it either.”
Bored Panda asked the illustrator to go into detail about what inspired him to draw cartoons about books. Here’s what he revealed: “I came across a survey a few years back that revealed about 60 percent of people pretend to have read books they haven’t and around 40 percent rely on movies and TV to feign knowledge of classic novels.”
He continued: “I thought it might be a funny idea to help everyone out and provide “tweet-sized” synopses of these classic books suitable for dinner parties or when you’re cornered at a function. They’re not intended to replace reading the actual book and I’m quick to tell students not to use them as book reports unless they want a solid D- or an F.”
Atkinson explained that he’s still posting new cartoons to his blog two times per week. What’s more, he told Bored Panda about his upcoming plans. Next year, he hopes to have a follow-up book to his current one (“Abridged Classics: Brief summaries of books you were supposed to read but probably didn’t”). “The follow-up will most likely cover movies and television and is tentatively titled “Abridged Cinema.”
The artist had some good advice for cartoonists and artists: “Don’t take yourself too seriously and if you’re in it for the money—get out now!”