While I enjoyed Catana Chetwynd’s first collection, it was a bit too cutesy for me. This one, however, struck a different chord with me. While it’s still pretty cutesy, it’s also a bit toned down and more about being an established couple. Plus, after 2020, who doesn’t need something pure and sweet?
The general theme of the collection is being loved, weirdness and all, and for the most part, I found the comics charming and worth a giggle. I wouldn’t say they’re laugh-out-loud funny, and that’s not the intent. They’re not the kind of comics you have to send to everyone because “omg it’s so funny,” they’re the ones you send to your significant other because they remind you of your relationship. There’s lots of silliness about choosing to stay in and cuddle rather than going out, bits about their dog, and just generally how weird they are, together.
The artist has a very recognizable style, with characters with adorably big heads and eyes. It’s deceptively simple line art done mostly in greyscale, but the characters are still very expressive, though John’s beard/hair combo took a little to get used to. The lettering also emphasizes roundness (and adds to the cuteness) but I found it easily readable.
Overall, this collection has perfect timing, as it’s the exact sort of thing I could see someone buying their significant other for Valentine’s Day.