Thursday, December 14, 2017

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

This is why I love being a book blogger - getting early access to books written by my favorite authors before they're available to the general public. I was reading over my review for BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP, which I received as an ARC in early 2017, and I was bemoaning the wait-time between books. Sarah Andersen gets what it's like to be a moody, anxious, cat-loving, people-avoiding artist, and her hilarious comics reflect the nail-biting introvert's mindset to a T (speaking as a nail-biting introvert, myself).

One of the things I love about these books is how they appear to be developing and growing more mature along with the artist. ADULTHOOD IS A MYTH was funny, but it was also very immature. BIG MUSHY HAPPY LUMP dealt with more serious concepts, with a greater focus on internal mindsets.

HERDING CATS takes that next leap, with emphasis on cats and pets, the struggle of being creative in an age of internet trolldom, and what it's like being a shy person in an increasingly exhibitionistic world. I really enjoyed HERDING CATS, not just because of the adorable cat drawings (although that didn't hurt), but because of how it made me laugh in solidarity, the way Allie Brosh does, and also because of the very thoughtful guide in the back about dealing with criticism and sharing art.

This is a great addition to the Sarah's Scribbles series, and I'm already counting down the days until the next one comes out.

Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy!

4.5 out of 5 stars

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