These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.
Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious.
Full disclosure: I am not a comics or graphic novel connoisseur. My wife, Kim, loves graphic novels and can prattle on about this or that. I've only ever read the most popular ones and Sandman at her insistence (as Gaiman is one of her favorite authors). So I want to admit full and well that unlike other genres, I have no idea what the *&%^ I'm talking about here. So...
But I LOVED this book! Andersen apparently pens these comics under the guise of Sarah Scribbles, a popular webcomic that she's been running for a few years. This book is a collection of her best.
As the title suggests it is thematically grounded by the idea of how hard adulting is, particularly from the view of us creative-types. Maybe that's why I loved it so much. Reading a comic that wonderfully illustrated all the troubles with being a female, introvert was lovely. So I definitely recommend it to anyone into visual storytelling.
5 out of 5 stars.
Bonus: She just released a new volume last week called Big Mushy Happy Lump... which is exactly what I feel like after a long Michigan winter.
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