a cute & quirky webcomic

What is taleas?

Montage of Seth as a child standing in front of an airplane, wearing a mu cow t-shirt, infinite cubicles, mu cow poster and sketches on a lightbox.

Taleas is a cute, quirky, random and slightly weird web comic by Seth Black. You won't find too many recurring characters a plot or a deliberately cohesive story. Each individual comic is intended to stand on its own. Generally taleas is inspired by events and situations in my own life such as my love for airplanes and my having worked for startups since the '90s.

How old is taleas?

Taleas officially started late October of 2008. The website was launched December 7th 2010.

What does the word taleas mean?

I like the word, I think it sounds cool and my first character was a stick figure.

Overly technical answer: Taleas is a Latin word that means rod or stick, and it is in the plural accusative form.

How do you pronounce "taleas"?

I pronounce it "tally-us", but I'm from Texas and we're known for sayin' stuff a little diff'rent.

What's with the paper airplane at the top of every page?

That's the taleas logo. I've loved airplanes since I was a child, and I feel like the sketch makes a cool looking logo.

Where did the font come from?

That's a custom font I made specifically for taleas. It's called "Hand of Seth" and it's currently on version 3.

Do you sell prints? Tees? Other things?

I do! I actually print everything myself, and don't use any third-party fulfillment services. You can find out more by visiting the shop.

Wait, you really print everything yourself?

Yep. I love to create things, and turning art into something tangible makes me happy. I have three digital printers that I use to print out all digital pieces (an HP Designjet, an Epson Artisan and a Canon Pixma) and a screen printing press that I designed and built myself for all screenprinted pieces. If you'd like to see the behind-the-scenes work you're welcome to follow me on Instagram: sethblackatx.

Do you have any inspiration that you draw from?

I do! I have been fairly well brainwashed by Gary Larson's The Far Side and Dan Piraro’s Bizarro and use them both as the unattainably high standard for my work.

What's the taleas artistic style?

I call it wiggly-childish. I have a tendency to be very hard on myself, so taleas is a way for me to let go and be silly. Most panels are drawn on marker paper with .5mm pens, scanned in and colored in Photoshop.