A lot of the best fairy tales have a dark streak lurking underneath the surface of the tales, which Ben Zaehringer explores in his webcomic series Berkeley Mews. "[The series] takes fairy tales and Disney movies and fond remembrances of childhood and turns them into horrible nightmares - but, like, in a fun way," Ben Zaehringer told Bored Panda .
The artist, who has thousands of followers on his Instagram and Facebook account and a new book coming out on October 1st, talked to Bored Panda about his work. "I've been drawing comics for as long as I can remember," Ben said. "My mom's cousin, Steve Moore, is a cartoonist, so right away I thought of cartooning as a vocation. My first comics were all in the style of newspaper strips, like FoxTrot and Peanuts, only bad instead of good."
"My friend Kevin Garvey and I would make comic books every day after school, by folding two sheets of paper together and then filling them in with comics. Mine were mainly parodies of Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, and Kevin's were these epic, super-funny space operas. When we were done, we'd show them to each other and to our friends. This was the best comics education I ever got. If you are an aspiring cartoonist, make a friend who draws comics (or make your friends draw comics)."
"When I'm writing I ask myself, 'How can something fun be made disappointing?' Recurring motifs include: God, Santa, love, death, childhood, and 90s pop culture references. Life moves fast, so I try to only riff on things that are timeless, like Disney movies that get remade every ten years."