Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet is an example of how the Internet can still bring joy, wonder, and meaning into our lives. The beloved comic (and New York Times bestselling book) follows the misadventures of adorable aliens as they navigate life on a planet strikingly similar to Earth—and in the process, reveals the absurdity of our own behavior.
“I think that so much of what we are doing here is meaningful and absurd simultaneously,” says writer and illustrator Nathan Pyle. And though his latest project, Strange Planet, doesn’t take place on Earth, the quirky comic does make a compelling case that life on other planets may not be all that different from our own. “I love to imagine a planet where they are about as technologically advanced as we are but they are more emotionally advanced,” explains Pyle.
Indeed, his blue extraterrestrials find themselves in situations that echo our own challenges and triumphs. But what makes Strange Planet so intoxicating is not its ability to replicate human life, but its ability to offer us a fresh perspective on the world we live in every day. The same goes for Pyle’s talks, which teach us how to harness the power of creative energy—finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
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