I haven’t read a true comic book since Calvin and Hobbes in grade school but I am in love with Sarah Andersen’s cartoons, which I discovered through Instagram, and impulsively bought her new book (out today!) with part of a birthday gift card. While it took all of fifteen minutes to read it was an enjoyable fifteen minutes- also, the cover page has felt letters so that’s a plus!
I wished Andersen had taken a page out of Allie Brosh’s book and inserted some personal anecdotes in between comics but that isn’t really her style, her Instagram posts typically don’t have captions; luckily her work is funny and poignant without a lot of narrative. She’s an introvert, she has some anxiety with social situations and she has a great sense of humor. If you’re familiar with her work then you’ll be happy to see there is new material in the book and not just a regurgitation of her various social media accounts.
While this one isn’t going to set anyone’s world on fire it will make you smile on a bad day and I look forward to flipping through my adult comic book after an awkward social encounter for years to come.