Tag: Comics: Online


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: 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, TheAwkwardYeti.com 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.

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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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