Tag: Author: Sarah Andersen


Review: Herding Cats

Posted 17 August, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Herding Cats
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn’t easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets….umm, never mind–it’s pretty much the same.

With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.

This comic came up as a surprise in that I didn’t know she was releasing a third collection until it was already available! So I snatched it up as soon as I could…Her comics continue to crack me up but at the same time are very relevant in today’s climate with everything that’s happening in the news and how the internet has become something quite harsh (I could totally relate with the comic about how back then the internet was this happy place to escape to, to talk about fandoms and whatnot, and now it’s just this wasteland of trolls and hateful commentary and bad news all around. It’s no wonder I’m not on it very often these days). I also enjoy how this is the second volume now where she’s included a personal essay, this time about creating art in this day and age, especially with the advent and continuing turnover of the internet and social media and how we use it to promote our work. It’s a fascinating piece that left me with much to think about with my own work.

Anyway, some favourites:



Overall, another enjoyable volume!

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Posted 1 June, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Big Mushy Happy Lump
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

I was so happy when Adulthood is a Myth (review) was released last year because I really love Sarah Andersen’s comics. So I was overjoyed when I heard that she was coming out with another collection of her comics! It’s another solid collection of comics about life and the everyday, awkward social situations, pressure and staying in. Some of these comics I’ve seen on her Instagram account but what’s delightful is that there includes comics that haven’t been posted online, as well as a personal essay from Sarah herself which as pretty interesting and relatable.

Plus, this collection includes this comic, which is instant win:

Go, go pick up this book now! 😛

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Adulthood is a Myth

Posted 3 May, 2016 by Lianne in Comics / 8 Comments

Adulthood is a Myth
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

You may have seen a comic or two of hers at one point or another (this one in particular made its round in the book community some time ago). I can relate to a lot of the scenarios she’s drawn about so I was quite delighted to hear that she had published her comics into a book.

Anyway, what can I say about this book except go to the bookstore and pick it up ASAP! I was cracking up as I was reading it because a lot of it is my kind of humour (complete with flailing), but the observations are also quite astute, and in short I really do relate to a lot of what goes on with her comic heroine: about reading books, dealing with social situations, being an introvert (this I can reaaaaaaaaally relate to). But other observations are also just as clear, from social expectations, inequality, being a woman (and the suckiness which is being on your period), and just life itself and the realisations we learn along the way. Oh, and the craziness that is dressing appropriately during whichever season it is 😛

So yeah, Adulthood is a Myth: pick it up, enjoy its awesomeness! (and her sweater is fuzzy! I was most amused) 😀

On a final note, this is not in the collection but lmao forever (also cringing because I’ve done this a few times myself)

Rating: ★★★★★

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