Thursday, March 1, 2018

Big Mushy Happy Lump - Sarah Andersen

Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection
Author: Sarah Andersen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017 (Paperback)
Length: 125 pages
Genre: Adult; Graphic Novel
Started: March 1, 2018
Finished: March 1, 2018

From the back cover:

Sarah Andersen's second comics collection picks up right where the first left off-huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and the joy of staying home all day with box of pizza. All aboard.

I can almost guarantee you've seen this artist's work on social media; in fact, the comic that was my first exposure to her work is included in this collection (that I first saw on Facebook what seems like eons ago). If you scroll down below, you'll see it's totally bang on for how I spend money...except nowadays I spend money on books for my kid rather than books for myself. Needless to say, after reading her first collection last year, picking up this one was a given.

This collection has more of the same aspects of the first: quirky, introvert humour that appeals to those in their 20s-30s about surviving this thing we call adulthood. The little addition to this instalment is that the author has some written thoughts collected along with the graphic panels that help to convey her intent behind some of the social anxiety pieces.

If you liked the first collection, or if you haven't and just recognize her work from online, pick this up and read it.

Thoughts on the cover:
Continuing in a blue colour scheme rather than the red of the first volume, I like how the title font and the sweater are velour/fuzzy, similar to the first volume. Continuity in book covers satisfies my inner collector.

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