Traditional motivational posters use a white frames, black background with a centered inspirational image and, mockingly, demotivational posters use the same light on black format with either an ironic image and sarcastic caption or an inspirational image with a sarcastic caption. In keeping with my whimsical and cartoony style I have decided to draw a collection of cute, funny, sarcastic, and light demotivational posters in my own style. While it's a very stark departure from the expected format I feel like it presents the dark and sarcastic tones in a more lighthearted manner.
Early in my career, when I was employed by a very large telecom company, I worked in a cavernous 80,000 square foot office with purple cubicle walls, purple pillars and rows and rows of fluorescent lights. Dozens of stereotypical office motivational posters were tacked to the office walls encouraging us to "achieve our goals", "strive for success" and "persevere at all costs". These inspired me to use my sarcastic wit and develop a unique collection of demotivational posters of my own. Many of these posters can even be found decorating the office walls of startups around the Austin area.
Traditional motivational posters use a white frames, black background with a centered inspirational image and, mockingly, demotivational posters use the same light on black format with either an ironic image and sarcastic caption or an inspirational image with a sarcastic caption. In keeping with my whimsical and cartoony style I have decided to draw my demotivational posters in my own style. While it's a very stark departure from the expected format I feel like it presents the dark and sarcastic tones in a more lighthearted manner.
Taleas is a weekly web comic that understands and makes fun of the world around us. Told in a unique, instantly recognizable style and with a personality that feels relatable and just a wee bit cynical, Taleas is here to entertain you as you traverse the complicated, always-changing environment we live in.
Whether it be with our demotivational posters, stickers, apparel or comics, all Taleas creations come with our trademark style and comedy that will make you laugh and hopefully make you think too. In just a few short years, Taleas has become a go-to online location for fans of humor and commentary of the modern age.
So, what is Taleas? We are a weekly web comic with a heavy emphasis on the silly and relatable trappings of industry, business and contemporary matters. We like to make fun of tech startups, science, the business world and a whole lot more. We live and breathe satire. Accordingly, we don’t even take ourselves that seriously.
Taleas is the brainchild of someone who has seen a whole lot of the current world and has a nagging desire to poke fun at it. Creator Seth Black grew up with a steady diet of The Far Side by Gary Larson and Dan Piraro’s Bizarro and that definitely warped his mind into the chaotic, sarcastic mess it is today. The older Seth got, the more he became inspired by the silliness around him. As he got older he began to jot down ideas and doodles that perfectly captured his unique sense of humor. The more he drew, the more people noticed. Then, back in 2008, Taleas was born. Its official birthday is December 7, 2010, the day the first comic was published. Since then, Seth has enhanced his satirical eye and has expanded Taleas from a simple web comic to a thriving enterprise that entertains people all over the globe. Recently, Taleas has enter the world of merchandising and now offers a slew of one-of-a-kind items that carry the iconic look and sense of Taleas humor that people have come to know and love. Now we don’t only make funny comics about Pi and Latin, we also make funny fashion apparel about Pi and Latin too. Postcards, posters, scrunchies, tees and a whole lot more are always available at our Taleas shop. And, like our weekly comic, everything is made with love, care and always by hand.
Taleas has changed a lot over the years but it has also stayed remarkably the same. Drawn in a straightforward style from artist Emily Krueger and with a writing assist from Brandon Marcus, Taleas has come a long way from its creation while intentionally staying true to the voice and personality that has kept it so popular since day one. The more things change, the more they stay the same and that is definitely true for Taleas.
We know there are many other web comics you could read — and we hope you do. But when you want that weekly dose of sarcastic, silly and slightly smarmy humor, we hope you come back to us. The world we live in can be silly, let us make fun of it for you.
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