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Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection Paperback – March 7, 2017
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"... Comics So Relatable it Hurts: (BuzzFeed)
"Hillarious illustrations that sum up the bonds of femaie friendship ... Sarah Andersen is known for capturing the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious parts of being a lady. (In) Big Mushy Happy Lump, she hits the nail on the head when it comes to female friendship." (Huffington Post)
"You've probably seen Sarah Andersen's comics ... and you probably feel like Sarah Andersen has the uncanny ability to read your mind and then draw doodles of all your anxieties. Either way, her comics are adorably awkward, and Big Mushy Happy Lump is a delightful collection ..." (Bustle)
“Succinct, easily disseminated odes to the quotidian struggles of millennial life are common in cartooning, but Andersen has perfected—and, in fact, elevated—this form. … Here is work that has been sharpened to a fine point: smart, warm, cutting, and clever. This volume is a witty comfort from beginning to end.” (Starred Review)
About the Author
Sarah Andersen is a young cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Brooklyn.
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Once again, her comics feature expressive big headed, big eyed characters with wee appendages. The main character is relatable as she struggles with low self-confidence, social anxiety, unexpected period woes, holding in her emotions and even a sudden addiction to all thinks kitty.
But, while Big Mushy Happy Lump is similar to Andersen's previous book, Adulthood is a Myth, it has more of a personal feel to it as she interjects personal narratives about some of the issues addressed. While I couldn't relate to the character's one-eighty from being a cat hater to lover of all things feline, there were many other of her comics that I could relate to.
Like today after I get my haircut into a short bob I will invariably walk by someone with long, flowing locks and regret my decision. It happens ... every ... time.
My favourite comic shows the differences between men and women when it comes to compliments. This one had me giggling repeatedly because I have reacted exactly that way many times with my sisters.
And don't forget the unfair fresh hell that is puberty for us girls ...
While not all the comic strips were laugh out loud funny (and a few had been featured in her first book) this is still a very enjoyable book. If you're introverted, have suffered through embarrassing social situations, feel pretty snazzy when you're wearing your 'good' undies and would rather snuggle up with a pet in an old ratty sweatshirt and read then this book will give you that "I'm not alone!" feeling. If you're more of an extrovert then this book will educate you on the finer points in dealing with us lovable, awesome, complicated introverts.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I've been purposely putting off reading my ARC of this book. Not because I thought it was going to be bad, mind, but because I enjoyed ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH so much that I wanted to savor the anticipation of reading this book because I knew it would be at least another year or more until Andersen published a new one. That can't be too weird, right? Surely I'm not the only person who avoids reading books they're excited about...right?
Like ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH and HYPERBOLE AND A HALF, BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP explores many common problems that introverts, millennials, women, and book lovers will be able to relate to.
Why does puberty suck for women so much more than it does for men?
Why are periods so damn inconvenient, not to mention inconsiderate?
Why is talking to people so hard?
Why do we all love cats so obsessively?
Why do we throw so much money away on books?
Why are we cold all the time, even with a sweater?
Why do we like this thing?
There isn't a lot to say. I liked ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH and I liked BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP. My fear was that LUMP might be nothing more than a reprisal of ADULTHOOD and I am happy to say that my fears were misguided. LUMP stands on its own, and it is both endearing and hilarious.
Thanks to the publisher/Netgalley for the review copy!
5 out of 5 stars.
I think this atrociously cute cartoon is just engrossing! I just can’t get enough of it!
THOSE BIG, BULGY EYES! MY GOD!
So many emotions in those two circles! HAHAHA!
Love them to pieces!
And her hilarious portrait of those things in life that are… Hummm… How to say it? Annoying? UGH! Like some high school peeps, PMS, students’ loans and interacting with people. Interacting with people in general can be annoying especially when you are an introvert 😀 The jokes about social anxiety… Spot on! :)
And I need a “don’t care” superhero too for when I get all socially anxious inadequate!
But there jokes about awesome, enjoyable stuff too, like coffee boyfriends and dogs and… UGH! I can’t believe I’ll say this… CATS!
There are a few strips that are all about cats’ fabulousness that were just TOO MUCH and made me, a die-hard dog fan who swore to dislike cats FOREVER, contemplate getting a CAT!. After reading this book my highly impressionable consumerist heart was dripping in desire to get a cat and I was googling “hypoallergenic cats” and… I wanted to get a cat so badly!
But the best character was not scribbled Sarah or her cats. NOOOO it the uterus! Yes people this book has an uterus here that loves to SMACK Sarah with all kind PMSing situations
And it’s so freaking hilarious!