35 Incredibly Clever Comics By Tango Gao (New Pics)

Simple. Elegant. Witty. Intelligent. No, we’re not talking about your favorite stand-up comedian, dear Pandas—these words perfectly describe the thought-provoking, minimalistic, and brilliant black and white comics drawn by Chinese artist Tango Gao. (Though, he does add a dash of color here and there—see if you can spot them!)

The artist has been illustrating his comics since 2010 after taking up the challenge of drawing one comic a day and posting them on the Weibo social media website. After that, Tango became known all over the globe for his quirky cartoons that poke fun at how odd modern life really is. He has been drawing every day since then and we’re very jealous of how disciplined and focused he is!

We’ve collected a list of Tango’s newest and best comics for you to browse, so have fun, enjoy, and upvote your fave light-hearted and hilarious cartoons as you’re scrolling down. When you’re done, you can find Bored Panda’s previous lists of Tango’s comics here: Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

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Laura Gastelum12 hours ago

OMG, perfect10ReplyView more comments#2 

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Laura Gastelum12 hours ago

I always thought rain was God pissing on me12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

I guess he just needed an excuse to slap him.13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Tango is also known as Shanghai Tango and Tango Sleepless. However, his real name is Gao Youjun. He now has over 229k Instagram followers, up from 108k the last time we wrote about him a year and a half ago.

The artist graduated from the Mathematics Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University but he realized that he’d much rather be an artist than a scientist. So he went for it and finished his Master’s degree at the Academy of Arts & Design.

After that, he entered the advertising industry at the end of the 1990s. Eventually, after his friend’s dare, he ended up drawing comics that resonated with people all over the globe. He also published a book called Backside of the Moon which collects some of his greatest illustrations. No. 3 Magazine said that the book was capable of making “stressed-out salaried folk see the primitive beauty of our existence.”#4 

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Rainbow Panda8 hours ago

Haha4ReplyView more comments

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neonn_pieee12 hours ago

I like this one.. I think it’s so cute!5ReplyView more comments#6 

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Laugh or not11 hours ago

That’s actually a good design for a clock.25ReplyView more comments

Tango is an opponent of censorship in China and uses his art to explore serious topics, too, like how obsessed our society is with social media and technology, as well as what the state of US and Chinese politics is like. Tango has held art exhibitions around the world, including in the US, as well as Europe.

Jiayun Feng writes on SupChina how they met the artist and spoke to him about his work. According to Tango, his cartoons aren’t as effortless as they might seem at first glance. Each comic takes him only an hour to draw but the amount of brainstorming and polishing that goes into the process beforehand is immense.#7 

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Harold Summer3 hours ago

This comic should be in the New Yorker magazine6ReplyView more comments#8 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Ah, another clock with interesting hands, or legs, in this case.18ReplyView more comments

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Laura Gastelum12 hours ago

Sigh, I would gladly go through security to be able to go anywhere10ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Behind every post is a couple of failed attempts,” Tango explained that a lot of ideas get thrown out the window during the process. “It’s not like I wake up every morning to a fantastic idea.”

Tango also doesn’t like being labeled as an artist because he doesn’t feel like he’s reached that level yet: “True artists are self-absorbed. They don’t have to think about whether the general public can understand their works or not, as long as there is a fraction of people who appreciate them.”#10 

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Rainbow Panda8 hours ago

The lamp could be a skirt 👗 💡9ReplyView more comments#11 

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maia martin2 hours ago

i scanned the qr code and it looks like a link to a website with the artists comics and merch!4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

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Rainbow Panda8 hours ago

Great makeup skills piggo6ReplyView more comments#13 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

This one is hilarious!7ReplyView more comments#14 

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Erna Potijk11 hours ago

Somehow I’m hearing the mission impossible tune here…31ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

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Troux1 hour ago

This looks like a pyramid scheme!6ReplyView more comments#16 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Such a solemn bunch!7ReplyView more comments#17 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Trust a cat to make it all about him/herself.11ReplyView more comments#18 

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Gerrit4 hours ago

“That’s me in the corner…”4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

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Rainbow Panda8 hours ago

Happy birthday 🎈 🎂 🎁 🍰4ReplyView more comments#20 

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Your Mother12 hours ago(edited)

What I feel like when my relatives hug me!6ReplyView more comments#21 

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Your Mother12 hours ago

So that’s why it’s fizzy!10ReplyView more comments#22 

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ThreeOfAKind12 hours ago

Koala?10ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

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BusLady9 hours ago

Our inner person verses our public face.6ReplyView more comments#24 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Easy rider.5ReplyView more comments#25 

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Rainbow Panda7 hours ago

At least his neck won’t hurt4ReplyView more comments#26 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Oh, this one is dark.8ReplyView more comments#27 

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Mari11 hours ago

Don’t try to convince me to talk to my pencil. XD5ReplyView more comments#28 

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Rainbow Panda7 hours ago

Creative3Reply#29 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Huh, two can play this game.6ReplyView more comments#30 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

I’ll never look at toothpaste the same way again.14ReplyView more comments#31 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Dream big, dream big…10ReplyView more comments#32 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

I would think that Colonel Sanders would be a chicken’s public enemy number one. Is it trying to butter up the old guy to avoid ending up in the fryer?7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

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Rainbow Panda7 hours ago

I thought he was gonna smash the toilet 🚽5ReplyView more comments#34 

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Irina Ionascu5 hours ago

Well, if he were wearing a mask then maybe he’s be less worried9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

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Raine Soo12 hours ago

Well, that was most unappetizing…16ReplyView more comments

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations… Read more »

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