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Sailesh Gopalan, a 21-year-old design student in Mumbai, created a little-known series of comics called “Brown Paperbag,” and it’s kinda blowing up now. According to Bored Panda, since it first appeared in June 2016, Sailesh’s comics have already collected 150K followers on both Facebook and Instagram. We think its growing popularity has something to do with the fact that it’s based on the creator’s real-life experiences. Something about it just rings so true for us all. So, what is “Brown Paperbag” about?

Sailesh describes his work as:


Whoa, that took a dark turn. (Yeah, we still laughed.)

Isn’t it interesting how Sailesh’s comics, which are specific to his and his friends’ experiences in India, have somehow struck a chord with all of us? We love that about “Brown Paperbag.” It explores so many universal themes: family, generational gaps and misunderstandings, painfully awkward teenage stuff, gender issues, and growing up.

The overwhelming response has been a surprise to Sailesh, who started the comics on a whim. It was something he thought he’d do at his leisure. When asked if he had any advice for anyone who is thinking about starting his/her own webcomics, he said:

We think that’s kinda great!