Review: Heart and Brain & Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts

Posted 13 January, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Heart and Brain
By: Nick Seluk
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

From paying taxes and getting up for work to dancing with kittens and starting a band, readers everywhere will relate to the ongoing struggle between Heart and Brain.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection illustrates the relationship between the sensible Brain and its emotionally driven counterpart, the Heart.

Boasting more than one million pageviews per month, has become a webcomic staple since its creation in 2012.

Heart and Brain: Gut Instinct
By: Nick Seluk
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Fans of Poorly Drawn Lines, Liz Climo, Randall Munroe, and The Oatmeal will love this riotous collection marking the return of optimistic Heart and analytical Brain with over 60 brand-new, never-before-seen comics.

Vigorously demanded and highly anticipated, Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts is the follow-up to the tremendously popular New York Times bestseller, Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection.

The Awkward Yeti’s Heart and Brain comics perfectly illustrate the ongoing, internal struggle betwixt head and heart.

Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts features the same lovable characters as the first book and introduces a host of other vital organs like insatiable Tongue, irritable Bowels, and abused Stomach.

Okay, I decided to combine the two reviews for this comic series as my reaction is more or less the same for both. Firstly, I found out about this comic from Instagram and I believe a blogger that I follow posted something about it in the past but I never sought to learn more about it until I came across the official Instagram account. Anyway, I was sold by how amusing the panels were and immediately purchased the two volumes to enjoy for myself.

Suffice to say I love it. The conflict between Brain and Heart–Brain representing the practicalities and the anxieties, Heart representing our dreams and spur-of-the-moment wants–is very relateable, cleverly presented, and all-around amusing in the way both interact with each other. And poor Awkward Yeti gets caught in between Heart’s impulsiveness and Brain’s anxieties. Gut Instinct was a great follow-up to the first volume, introducing the other internal organs with their own distinct personalities: irritable Bowels, grumpy Liver, sad Gallbladder (“I maked these” lmao, so cute and aww). If there’s any criticism I had about the second volume it’s that I wished it featured the other organs more! They were awesome. And I found I laughed more in the second volume than I did with the first (there was one I shared on Litsy about them finally exercising–I found myself laughing out loud for some reason there).

And then you have one-panel shots like this:

A photo posted by The Awkward Yeti (@theawkwardyeti) on

Anyway I can’t recommend Heart and Brain enough, both the books and the instagram/online webcomics, they’re funny and thoughtful all the same 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

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2 Responses to “Review: Heart and Brain & Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts”

    • Yeah, Instagram really introduced me to what’s out there in terms of comics.I think you will enjoy this, it’s certainly quite relatable (and fun, of course) 😀

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