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How to Exist for a Day by MumblingIdiot How to Exist for a Day by MumblingIdiot
This comic appears in Secret Prison 2.

My sister says this says too much about my life and is quite upsetting. However, I kind of meant it to be a broader take on how bizarre and hopeless the shit we do is.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-02-08
~Olivieree says, "This work is exceptional for it's harsh sincerity and simplicity. It should be a mirror to people´s lives, to how we live every day without even trying to change it. People should look at the picture and think, think very hard about their lives and chances that were given to them to change it.
To make their lives... exceptional. Not just a must-do-before-I-die."

How to Exist for a Day by ~MumblingIdiot is well told and visually striking. It's one of many amazing pieces in this talented deviant's gallery.
Suggested by, ~Olivieree, ~Jace-Z and ~Tigrshark ( Featured by kangel )
KissOfVictoria Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I think we all can agree that this is a majority of our lives, if not all.
RBSchafer1994 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I've been a silent observer of your works for a while. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your art, especially this piece. I think this work inspires me especially because it convinces me that I can't handle a typical lifestyle. 
Your work is immeasurably unique, in both style and a sort of aggressive introverted-ness. I love how you appeal to those awkward unspoken fuzzy grey lines of being a person that everyone social seems to be able to navigate seamlessly. 
Anywho. Just wanted to drop you a line and congratulate you on your upcoming TV work. Have an excellent day.
WhiteTigerDemoness Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true it hurts
s0yPLASTICA Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Except for the missing artist and videogamer panels, this sums it up pretty well.
*Goes off to eat more squishy bits*

Well done.
Spiderwriter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is by far one of the best non-genre comics I've ever seen. Absolutely stunning
Franciscathedragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome work with the positive-negitive coloring
devonsego Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I want to dislike this. For its brutal honesty, for its sheer eloquence in illustrating in black and white (literally and figuratively) the pantomime of our sadly eked out existence and how most of the slings and arrows we endure we shoot at ourselves.
But instead I love this for those very same reasons.
boredpeanuts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
bah sad
LastMatStanding Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the Adam Lambert Song...
"All around me are familiar faces..."
LevitatingShrubbery Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The song's name is "Mad World" It was originally by Tears for Fears. It was later popularized by the cover done by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews, which is the version best known.

So, no, it is not an Adam Lambert song.

NightMargin Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Life is more than the sum of its parts. The things we do might not be meaningful on their own, but they can be if we assign meaning to them. This process is what makes us human.

Great illustration, by the way. It flows very well.
LadyBrot Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It IS upsetting but is also true. Yo make it so clear here.
eps987654321 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
nice comic.
starvingartistcomics Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow
ivanlikescereal Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Poor-Judgment Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God damn it.
snapdragonanime101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...And yet somehow there's a minor difference in every one's day which makes it stand out from someone else's.

I love how simplistic the message is. But then I started thinking, that squishy stuff, people eat different squishy things. The stuff that people do is also different. Some one out there might even enjoy the monotonous pace of an average human's life, how it is all the same, orderly and routinely.
jhames34 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Best comickal book everrrrr...Secret prison is swell, Steve Peters sent me a copy and it was keen fun :nod:
vickyjane Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
romantogob Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
EPIC :thumbsup:
LordCastigator Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
LOL, classic...
nlowan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
dont show this to someone on a ledge... dont do it.
Trafalgarlawfangirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aww~ this is so awesome!
dreamsarefairytales Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
i think looots of poeple regocnize themselves in this piece of art ^^
amiko16 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, the oh-so-fun life of being a grown-up
ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   Digital Artist
You kind of outlined my daily life. Upsetting? I don't know if I think that way. The wish to do something better, we sometimes make it true.
Anyway, it's poignant, and really reaches out to me : )
Thank You
FrozenFirePhoto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I was totally thinking about this today. So much is so routine, so many people just don't look around. I think the part that hit the hardest was "Turn Down all offers for potential enjoyment" because I've been noticing as I get older, I've been forced more and more to do this because of "homework" (university) or "chores" or something just plain not fun. :\
AnnieDraws Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Ohoho so true, this is wonderful and painful <3
Heeminhyman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I feel that way sometimes too.
Alizabith Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student General Artist
yeah... except we add MAKE ART MAKE ART MAKE GODDAMN ART RIGHT NOW to a good 5 panels at least. Also, "listen to the others talk about their problems".
I could go for some squishy stuff right about now.
Amberrant Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to cry. Scratch that. I'll probably cry when I close my eyes. And then I'll open my eyes and do just the above, with little variation. Oh my God...
CuilEggs Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is kinda depressing. Though I grew to be content then.
DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
That's not quite how I exist. There's a lot less cleaning of parts and attempts at engaging others. :XD:
Nohition Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant !
deets1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
While i also see the meaningful part of this, and how it can (and does- at least in my case) apply to all of us, i just kinda couldn't help laughing while reading this. ^^ As weird as this sounds, it was pretty funny. ^^
Ziad1994 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love it
KPudlo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly this is much like everyone's life
Yoberog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Yep, that is a life... without sex. :lol:
artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can see it as a really personal view into someone's life, but yeah--in the broader sense of generic everyday life as well. you've really hit just the right note with it, it's both touching and amusing... depressing and thought-provoking. and you've presented it in such an intriguing visual style--well-deserved congratulations for your DD--I'm glad I got to see it!
ReggieYaco Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Pretty cool work.
Laoquis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is so perfect. thank you. I feel exactly like this...
ChaoticMiko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
.... :iconsadtardplz:
AdmiralRusty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot the part where you draw a picture, post it, and thousands of people comment on it recognizing your accomplishment.
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional
Yeah there is that thing!
StrawberryR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I kinda agree with your sister, this is upsetting. Really.... sad.

But I like your explanation of this as well.
BotherBear Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh I love this!
Catdammerj Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Wow, okay, so now I'll spend the rest of my night thinking about my life.
Great job!
ThermalFaerie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student
I have seen this one before, and I have no idea why it isn't already in my favourites. Congrats on the DD. :D
JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   General Artist
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