You may have seen some of Sarah Andersen’s comics if you’ve been on Tumblr. Really cute, funny book of comics about being an adult. Or more accuratelyYou may have seen some of Sarah Andersen’s comics if you’ve been on Tumblr. Really cute, funny book of comics about being an adult. Or more accurately, starting out in the adult world. Someone recently out of college and starting to work would probably relate the most with most of these, but there were definitely a few that were right up my alley.
I think the overall point is that there’s no right way to be an adult, despite what many “real adults”, self-help books, or online articles may have you believe.
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I can’t remember when I started following The Awkward Yeti. It had to be at least a year ago or more that I saw someone share one of his Heart and BraI can’t remember when I started following The Awkward Yeti. It had to be at least a year ago or more that I saw someone share one of his Heart and Brain comics on Facebook and I was hooked.
What I love about these comics is that they’re so simple – such a simple concept of a heart and a brain – but they’re brought to life so well. They’re always funny, but so many of them are philosophical as well, and really make you reevaluate what the hell you’re doing in life.
Heart and Brain belong to The Awkward Yeti, who I’m assuming is the stand-in for the artist, Nick Seluk. Brain is the logical one, always trying to work hard and do the right thing – trying to save and not make rash decisions – generally living the safe and complacent life. But Heart is the polar opposite. Heart always wants to have fun and shirk responsibility and chase a good time. Heart is all about living, not just existing.
As you read through the comics you imagine these internal battles happening between your own brain and heart, and depending on which way you lean, feel that you could probably be a little more of the other thing. It’s always a struggle in finding that right balance, if such a thing exists.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. I can't praise this enough. The idea of combining comics and history? Genius! And adding absurdity?? Be still, my heart.
I'vAwesome, awesome, awesome. I can't praise this enough. The idea of combining comics and history? Genius! And adding absurdity?? Be still, my heart.
I've come across Kate Beaton's comics before here and there, but never actually followed the site (which, yes, a huge mistake!). But I was checking out well-known web comics that my library had and thankfully, this was one of them.
These comics are absurd, hilarious, literally make you laugh out loud, AND make you want to find out more about subjects you'd never come across before. For example, I learned about Burke and Hare, Bloody April, and Rosalind Franklin (oo, that one made me mad!), among others.
The thing that I really love is how Beaton combines history with the modern, specifically in how the characters talk. Imagining historical figures using phrases like "shitload of cogs and watches" or "like I am busy setting things on fire" or "call me bro" or "you're all excited for this shit to get crackin' so" - it's so incongruous that it can't help but make you laugh.
I also really like the explanations she gives under some of the historical comics. Kate Beaton, you are awesome!
I love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old roleI love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old roles, on Inside the Actors Studio, on old game shows, etc.
This book was a short, cute read about her life, written in 2011. It was a very quick read but I really felt myself wanting more. I wanted more substance as well as more of her humor in the writing, and while there is some, it fell short of my expectations. That's probably the problem: my expectations.
I am glad I read this though - it definitely gives you a window into White's mind. She is an amazing, inspiring woman, still going strong at 90. If I could have even half of her energy I'd be happy!
Some of my favorite parts/quotes:
[Advice given to Betty from her mother, something we could all use:] "Bets, you can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can’t sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. Otherwise, it’s big trouble, my girl."
Okay, so I’m weird. At least I am in good company.
[This is something I'd say:] The trainer, whose name is Dennis Christian, asked if I would like to meet their beluga whales. How is that for the silliest question ever?
[Flashes of her humor:] All my life, even as a kid, I have preferred men older than I am. Unfortunately, today I don’t think there is anyone older than I am! Even at this age, once in a while I meet a man who seems a trifle more interesting than usual. Nothing untoward—just someone who might be fun to know a little better. I’ve even thought (to myself) that it might be nice if he asked me to lunch or dinner, perhaps. Then reality kicks in and it cracks me up. This guy is probably a much younger man—maybe only eighty—and not about to even look my way.
I love Ellen. I think she's pretty funny, especially in some of her stand-up routines. And of course, as a person (or at least her public persona) sheI love Ellen. I think she's pretty funny, especially in some of her stand-up routines. And of course, as a person (or at least her public persona) she is awesome.
None of this translates in this book. Parts of the first section I actually recall from one of her routines, and it's way funnier to watch and listen to her. In the book, there is a lot missing. Others have mentioned her facial expressions, how she talks, etc.
And the rest of the book was just a rambling mess. There were a few moments in which I laughed, but most of it was just, What am I reading? She kept mentioned her 60,000 word goal that she had to meet, so there were a bunch of areas where it literally said, "blah blah blah blah."
That's essentially how I felt about this book....more
The only reason I picked up this book was because Andy Borowitz compiled the stories. Overall, I was mixed on the stories - some were funny, the otherThe only reason I picked up this book was because Andy Borowitz compiled the stories. Overall, I was mixed on the stories - some were funny, the others were not my cup of tea. I ended up skipping a couple stories or I would never have finished. it was a wide variety of humor as well. I wouldn't recommend this for most people, unless you are really into comedy.