Weekly Web Highlight: Toothpaste for Dinner

Our Weekly Web Highlight feature aims to serve as some sort of distraction, something to cheer you up and take your mind off the hum-drum, everyday things that might be getting you down.

This week, we’re pointing you towards a web comic that takes a different approach to battling your ennui, by laughing at all those mundane things that could otherwise wind you up.

Toothpaste for Dinner is amongst the more prolific web comics around, with over 3000 individual, single-frame cartoons available on the site. Each focuses on the little absurdities of everyday life – that life clearly being one of somebody who works in an office and stares at a computer screen for most of the day.

Drawn by comic artist Drew Dee, the series has been running for over 10 years. Although the work has no immediately obvious narrative, common themes do emerge if you read it continually, but the cartoon skilfully avoids falling into in-jokes and remains accessible to the first-time viewer.

Often surreal and self-depreciating, we’ve found its simple line-drawings remind us that the best approach to the absurdities of modern life is to sit back and laugh.

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