There are somethings that we can connect to with people, absolute strangers bound by the same thread of thoughts and tales that make us who we are. We may have not met but we tend to love somethings so dear. Nothing ever comes close to this statement than the quiet romance of reading books, novels and much more. Incidental comics is also one such comic that brings these little packets of joy in making it an absolutely delightful read and we begin to wonder, “this is so much like me”.
Grant Snider is a dentist by profession but his hobby of these comic strips, which he started in 2009, has helped him connect to thousands of people. He began his “Incidental Comics” as a hobby. He breaks the stereotypes in our head by being a dentist – artist, his pockets of philosophy and poetry packed in cartoon boxes, coupled with his deep sense of observation and the simplicity of the ideas which resonate so deeply with the reader. His first book, “The Shape of Ideas,” was published by Abrams Comic Arts in May 2017.
Read on and find ten cartoon boxes from Incidental Comics that make you think out of the box:
#1 Books are Soulmates – Have you found yours?
A book can mean a lot of things, they reflect our thoughts, lift our imagination, give us hope, scare us and keep us busy in a parallel universe. Books can connect us to who we are, who we want to be and to others in the same journey.
#2 Punc- (h)-tuation
Punctuations are just symbols, but we have associated them with various of our emotions, It helps us express ourselves, some things start as the end, but in the end it ends up as music to the soul, all the turmoil adding to the depth of the song.
#3 R for Revolution?
We read, we write, we rewrite, listen to ourselves again and write something magical. Two minutes later we are not sure if we did indeed pull off a stroke of genius but there is a joy to writing that always pull us back to tell another story.
#4 Wherever you, we follow!
How we all love to read, in the quiet comfort of our room, the attic , the secluded space in the library or just about everywhere; when the story is gripping – who cares where we are, It is just me and this factory of imagination.
#5 Hey Siri – Where can I find this address? – The Writer’s Block.
As a writer we would at one time or another have had the writer’s block, that raging silence in which all that we need to say is lost in translation. But everything starts to flow once you dip that ink in the magic pot of imagination, let the thoughts flow, instead of waiting for that perfect moment to strike.
#6 Which Box do you Tick?
Once you are hooked, a book is dangerous. You are pulled in, you forget everything that the world offers, you could indulge in a heavy read, a light read or even proofread, but once hooked you are in a world of danger my friend.
#7 Step by Step guide to Book Inheritance
There are always phases in every readers journey, once the book finds you, you fall in love with it, dwell with it and horde it for safekeeping, let them be. Then one day you will re-discover them and pass on the legacy of these pages to the next generation to do the same. There is no joy that can ever come to pass than the joy of seeing someone else find the story as compelling as you did, it is a connection that beats the ties of blood.
#8 Perfection and Poetry – happens once in a blue moon?
Poems are always different, it is a deep read, so much told in so little, packed with punches and trenches; as a writer you are always in a dilemma as to which one makes the cut, the process takes a lot of time – bring them together, pick away the loose ones, throw away a few, edit a few more and then after a whole of deliberation later, the magic of the poetry book gets are revealed.
#9 You don’t need glue to get stuck to a book!!!
Some books can hold you, take you away into a world of suspense, thrill and imagination that the only time you ever pull away is when the book has been read cover to cover.
#10 Welcome to the Department of Poetry!
Poems, there are always a mystery, so many parameters, metaphors, similes and haikus, Iambic pentameter, sonnet and much more technicalities, it always is about the story and the way it makes us feel.
Books, reading, writing and all things literary have been tools that have been passed down the ages, wisdom, humor, romance and everything abstract have found their calling in books. They have stories to tell, make you laugh, cry and relax; sit up and take notice.
Nothing beats a book on a warm sunny day, the comfort of a cozy chair, tea in hand; a book in the other – a portal to another world.
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