Mike Smith (Illustrator)


Flat-pack sack of cack. No actually the bed was quite nice in the end. Very comfy.


  1. Posted November 12, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Your work here is normally fantastic, but this one is brilliant.

  2. Posted November 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    My rare encounters with Ikea assembly instructions have always made me despair at their misuse of the comics medium (kind of) in an effort to avoid the costs of having translations made of word-based instructions. Particularly fabulous, then, to have those examples of bad comics inspire this instance of very good comics. I bow down, sir.

  3. jo
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    that’s genius xx

  4. Mike
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! And that’s a very lovely comment coming from someone as talented as you Dave. I wasn’t sure if anyone at all would ‘get it’. Bill Bailey once said ‘I never want to get married because I don’t want to spend my Sunday afternoons standing in IKEA arguing about spoons.’ That always makes me laugh.

  5. Posted November 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Speaking as someone who almost came to blows over a chest of drawers, I loved this. I think you should photocopy it and scatter copies around Ikea to let people know that there’s someone out there who understands.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:54 am | Permalink


  7. Stuart
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    As you know I actually enjoy assembling IKEA furniture but I am sad.

  8. Posted November 15, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    That’s just fantastic. Thankfully the last thing I bought from Ikea that needed assembly was just a cardboard box.

  9. kevin cfy
    Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    When i first saw it I thought, ah, he hasn’t bothered to colour this one. Then I smiled. Grinned. And burst out laughing. It’s brilliant.