It's important to know what's going on in the world, but news reports are so often negative in tone that they can leave you feeling angry or sad.
Here are five contemporary comic strips that will help you to smile again. Until the next bulletin.
Gordon draws on his experiences as a father for this comic strip about a duck and his adorable yet infuriating ducklings. It will remind you of the important things in life, like family, and arguments, and wishing you were young and single.
Often drawn in a two-panel format, the comics are usually quick to read and the father’s outbursts feel cathartic as well as very funny.
If you like this comic strip, you might like another comic strip about parenting called Lunar Baboon.
At first glance, Walch's comic strips are deceptively simple and autobiographical. But read on and soon you’re whisked off into a surreal alternative reality.
Often drawn in black and white, and with borderless panels, half of the enjoyment in reading Imogen Quest is wondering where on earth Walch is going with her train of thought, and whether it’s possible to stay there with her.
When the outside world becomes too much, look inwards instead and have a laugh at the eternal struggle between Heart and Brain.
Heart wants to sing and dance and do joyful things… now! Brain, on the other hand, wants to think about it for a while and then do something sensible, like cleaning... or buying every book in the book shop.
To find Heart and Brain on social media, search for The Awkward Yeti.
If the real world feels unreal at the moment, step into the world of Poorly Drawn Lines. It’s a place in which bears shop for the most elusive item in a supermarket, robots question the meaning of life, and mice discuss gratitude.
When all around us is drama and noise, Poorly Drawn Lines gently tickles our funny bones with quiet, almost static comic strips shaded in calming pastel colours.
The only comic strip I know of that has a regular catchphrase for a punchline (Oh no!), webcomic name consistently pokes fun at current affairs and social media trends.
Norris’s punchy, brightly-coloured three-panel comic strips are tasty comedy bites that are sure to have you seeing the funny side of any situation.
Those are my top 5 contemporary comic strips to make you smile again after watching the news. All of them are worth following on social media, and there are many more excellent comic strips online to discover. Enjoy!
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.