Reza Farazmand lives inside the internet. There he creates social commentary with satirical and fictional webcomics that make more sense than real life these days.
His series, "Poorly Drawn Lines" has a cult following. It's relatable, if absurd.
"I think it's a bit of an escape," said Farazmand. "My comics are a reflection of what I find funny. I like to laugh at my own jokes."
Farazmand began making comic strips in high school, creating "Poorly Drawn Lines" while he was a freshman at the University of California, San Diego. The strip first appeared in his college newspaper before moving into its coveted home online. And it's making a move once again with the release of his first book, "Comics for a Strange World, A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines."
With a hard copy in hand, readers will travel through time, space and alternate realities to discover a world in which squirrels have adapted to modern life by purchasing cell phonesâ€¦ and guns; mice have contemplated our endless quest for personal fulfillment and convenient restaurant options; and a dystopian future featuring fascism, natural disasters and a cooler type of cell phone is on the horizon.
Farazmand felt a certain calling to comedy, but accidentally stumbled into comics. It was seemingly perfect, combining his two loves: art and words. He liked the idea of being able to illustrate a joke as well as tell it. And he's good at it.
The simplistically drawn pictures are accompanied by irreverent humor to produce a series full of hysterical wit. His book is filled with a mix of new and old material, along with a few essays, that highlight Farazmand's signature style and affinity for the outlandish.
"There's an advantage to being funny on paper," he said. "You have time to really sit and think about your art, to formulate jokes and see what works."
He's funny in person, too, but maybe not as funny. Or so he thinks.
"All of this is a product of me filtering out the absurdity and seeing what comes out the other side," he said.
Book: "Comics for a Strange World, A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines"
When: 11:20 a.m. Feb. 17
Where: Jepson Center, Neises Auditorium, 207 W. York St.