Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn't easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets....umm, never mind--it's pretty much the same.
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.
Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. My comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of myself, my friends, and my beloved pets.
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best graphic novel 2018! what will happen?
more of the same sarah andersen-style charm and doodles; if you liked the first two books, you’re bound to like this one. i find her endlessly delightful, and the only reason i liked this book SLIGHTLY less than the first two is that the last part is a long essay directed at young artists about how to handle self-doubt, internet trolls, and criticism in general. which is a fantastic thing to have done and i’m sure it is going to help the people for whom it is intended, but i am not one of those people, so while i applaud her thoughtfulness and sincerity, the little scribbled person inside of me is screaming MOAR PICKTURES PLEEZ! & etc.
but apart from that quibble, i'm thrilled that all of her usual themes are back on parade, many of which my own inner scribble can relate to
and ever since ms. andersen discovered her inner cat person, documented in Big Mushy Happy Lump, her scribbly tentacles can stretch out and ensnare the cat-people of the internet with cuteness like this
which is pretty damn savvy, since the internet is 94% cat.
but yeah, apart from the letter to young artist part, there’s so much here that speaks to my values: cats, coziness, books and halloween, and also to my failings; all the self-flagellation over perceived shortcomings or underachievements, regardless of whether the goals are even realistic ones.
also life's great secret is revealed -that the cure for all of life’s problems is found in taking a disproportionate amount of pleasure in the littlest things.
i am all appreciation, approval, and gratitude for sarah andersen.
It's absolutely fascinating how much her life is similar to mine! I can relate to most of the things. At first, I found it a bit creepy but right now I take it as a sign that I am not completely insane! Or we all are?
EDIT: So, I could not really sleep and re-read it, and I suddenly realized that there is no "theme" to this book. Just randomly chosen cartoons. There is nothing really connecting them. I thought there would be way more cartoons about cats or even dogs. Also, I think I'm going to have to check the previous two books, but I think that several cartoons were used repeatedly.
This is my first time to come across Sarah Andersen's graphic novel and it never failed to make me laugh. There are some comic panels that I can relate to, but there are also some panels that I can't understand. Nonetheless, it didn't lessen the impact of how entertaining to read this.
The second half, Making Stuff in the Modern Era, is a good addition to this graphic novel; I can fully understand Andersen on her anxiety and the criticisms she encounters every now and then. I'm in the same industry also so I can identify myself with the problems the author always handles. The ending hit me on the spot and thanks for reminding me to never give up and that to always make stuff.
After being disappointed by the second book in this series, I had hoped this one would be back on track with the enjoyable humor as in the first book. No such luck. Some chuckles here and there and a few outright laughs, but overall, not that relatable for me. I most enjoyed the comics featuring cats, and the title was certainly appropriate for a volume dedicated to the antics of our feline friends, but it was a random collection of comics covering Sarah's usual topics.
These collections of comic strips by Sarah Andersen always magically appear in my life just in time to cheer me out of a foul mood. They're short and entertaining enough (for my attention span at the time) to successfully take my mind of things and feel a proper sense of relief. And I'm beyond grateful, as always.
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.
In the previous collection, Big Mushy Happy Lump, I really appreciated the short essays that appeared towards the end of the book, so I was ecstatic to see them make a return with this newest publication. As a result, I leaned more towards the comics that touched upon more deep and substantial topics, such as the 2016 election in America, double standards, feminism, etc. instead of the many #trying to be relatable comics.
Speaking of which, here are some of those favorites:
I felt this on a personal level. It always brings to mind my favorite response: "Don't applaud a fish for swimming."
Yes thats exactly what I did while reading Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen. This comic is hilarious and very relatable. I could relate to so much in this comic as if Sarah has written exactly about how I feel and what I would say and do in that particular situation.
I am sharing some of my favorite comic strips. I hope you too have a good laugh like I had.
Another wholesome comic from the most (in my opinion) relatable artist in the world!
I enjoyed reading these three books so much, even though I already saw all the strips online because I am a big fan of the author! I just love her style, so simple and straight to the point, her ability to always find the bright side and her dark humour. In this one, she adds a section with thoughts about online criticism, and the fear of the artist to publish her/his work, which can result in bullying and harassment. But even such a heavy topic, it's always treated with her usual light-heartedness. I love this comic!
This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This is a simple but extremely expressive set of comics. Almost anyone could find a panel to relate to. I love that Sarah's brand of humour is so all-encompassing - a lot of people could relate to it.
This is for pet lovers and people who feel overwhelmed by the polarised politics of today. This is a comic for the socially anxious or the person overwhelmed by news; the book lover, the music lover and the person with unpopular taste in both.
This is a comic that celebrates the little things in a way that isn't in-your-face or pseudo-philosophical. It's lovely and would put a smile on anyone's face.
The author and artist also talks about her disappointment in the current state of the internet. I think her optimism in hoping that the internet will become more tolerant of aspiring artists and all people in general, is refreshing. Her artist survival guide is very sweet and is a must for all 21st century artists who post online.
If you need a pick-me-up, let go of what you're doing and start reading Sarah Scribbles.
Sarah Andersen returns with another Sarah’s Scribbles book - and unfortunately it’s one too many. Looking for a series of trite, lazy, uninspired and unfunny observations, cascading one after another likes waves of diarrhea? Herding Cats is for you!
The book is jam-packed with way too many vacuous strips about how much Sarah: loves cats and dogs, likes Halloween, is anxious in general, hates but can’t avoid procrastinating, hates periods, and thinks the internet is a out-of-control dumpster fire. There are also strips about not being a morning person, having bad posture, not liking winter for being cold, and enjoying cutting wrapping paper with scissors(!?).
Her previous two books were amusing but Andersen’s gone back to well too many times now for it to still be entertaining. She really needs to come up with some new ideas because everything here is stale, repetitive, witless and formulaic. She tries something slightly different at the end by including a vapid and uninspiring longer-form guide for budding artists which amounts to her telling them to ignore everyone and keep trying - it’s just more obvious, unoriginal crap.
Sarah Andersen’s first couple books are fun and worth a look but all Herding Cats shows is that she can only do the same thing for so long before her schtick becomes tedious and played out. A collection of inane, worthless and boring strips about nothing.
No, it's not just about cats! Maybe a few comics thrown in here and there about cats alongwith her equal love for cats and dogs.
This collection is carry similar issues and themes as with the first two Sarah Scribbles collection but this one is much more detailed regarding her childhood life, choosing a life of art amidst all the angst and uncertainty. This collection is just not about humour and funny illustration but also talks about anxiety, mental health, internet hatred/bullying, introverts, what others think or say and how it affects a person at different levels. I specifically loved this parts, the later half of the collection.
I am eagerly waiting for the next Sarah Scribbles collection! Following webtoons is just never enough!!!!
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!
If you're friends with me on any sort of personal social media account, you probably already know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Sarah's Scribbles. While I adore webcomics from all sorts of artists and sources, Sarah's are some of the few comics that can, without fail, always make me laugh out loud, smile, or even just go, "Yep, been there." This collection is probably my favorite so far. I just about died laughing over some of the comics, while others had me nodding vigorously and biting my tongue to keep from waking up the house with my cries of, "PREACH, GIRL!"
One of the best things about this collection is, at the end, there's a section of 20-ish pages where Sarah offers some advice for aspiring artists. She delves into a bit of how toxic the internet culture has become, especially for content creators, many of whom live in constant fear of criticism, unkindness, and downright harassment. Her words are inspirational, smarmy, and fun, and totally reinforced why I love Sarah Andersen so damn much.
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
I still like and enjoy the first book more than the other two books! This one was okay, not as funny as the first book. Yet it made me smile sometimes but at the end, it got really serious and give some advice to artists. Actually, I think that pieces of advice are not only for artists, but everyone can use them in their life! It’s a graphic novel and the third installment in the "Sarah’s Scribbles" series. All in all, it was a good read and hope you like it!
Thanks to Sarah Andersen, Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
2.5 stars. I absolutely loved the author's first scribble book, but sadly they just haven't packed as much of a punch in the subsequent books. There were definitely some funny ones, but some were just bland or felt unnecessarily politically charged.
So we all know what the term “herding cats” refers to, that sense that it is futile to control that which is ultimately uncontrollable. This book is a series of cartoons and one or two-page comics dealing with forgetting your headphones when you want to listen to music, stubbing your pinky toe when you are just walking along, in a good mood, things like that, from the shy Sarah. What is fame like for the musician? She sees glam glasses, photographers everywhere; what is it like for artists? No change, she's still sitting at a desk drawing. With cats. Keeping her room clean, can't keep on top of that. Dealing with cramps. More cats. Worrying about the post-2016 world. Trying to be productive. And so on. She's like most of us! There's a concluding section for budding artists on becoming an artist. The idea, I guess, is that life happens, things happen sometimes/often beyond our control, but just keep moving forward, doing what you can control. I like the simplicity of that.
The Goodreads world (and based on book sales, much of the world) is in love with Sarah Andersen’s Sarah Scribbles. I rated the two previous books 4 stars and I like the expressive nature of the simple art for conveying simple, basic, relatable truths. So why did I think this was just okay? If it is all the same stuff, really, is it just that I feel it isn’t going anywhere? Or is it me, that I now think it is just meh, that I am just less fun? I dunno. But I thought this was just all right. Many of my Goodreads friends love it, I see, and some are in my less-than-enthusiastic place about it, I see, at a glance. See for yourself what you think of it. I read it in maybe 30 minutes (heh, see how I read so many books!!? A woman takes a year to write her book and you toss it off in 30 minutes??! But you really can read it quickly, sorry, artists).
I clearly am in the Goodreads minority here as the 2018 Graphic Novel/Comic of the Year goes to this book, which. . . well, my mother told me, if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all. Congratulations, truly, Sarah! (How did I do, Mom!)
Sarah Andersen never fails to make me laugh! Herding Cats is hilarious and full of positive energy and actually made me laugh out loud many times (it has been a while since a book made me do that). I was afraid that it won't be as good as her first two books, but I might actually like this one even more because of her personal touch and the bits of advice to young artists at the end.
'Herding Cats' is a smart, humorous and engaging book. The witty cartoons had me smiling ear to ear with every new page.
I am most appreciative to Sarah for sharing her very relatable life observations with the world. Life really can seem as difficult as trying to herd cats... and unfortunately, a lot of obstacles start in the mind and only snowball from there. . .resulting in seemingly insurmountable boulders of stinking thinking. Her cartoons show us we can handle those never-ending, annoying ankle biters - which can often feel like the end of the world - simply by slowing down and thinking about just how trivial, benign and truly humorous our thought processes are much of the time. You only live once, and not sweating the small stuff is a good first step to securing a more fulfilling life filled with lots and lots of laughter and joy. Highly recommend and I look forward to more of her work.
I LOVE Sarah's drawings. They're always SO relatable and often make me laugh out loud. This instalment was a little different to the first of Sarah's books that I've read, because it includes a little self-help guide for artists towards the end of the book. There's more text than usual, accompanied by her illustrations, but this section only takes up 20 pages or so. If you haven't picked up Sarah's books or haven't checked out her drawings online, YOU HAVE TO. THEY'RE SO GREAT! Especially for introverts, anxious people and cat and dog lovers!
I HATE to give this such a low rating but the comics in these just weren’t that funny, and most of them, well, pointless :(
Her first two books I have LOVED but this seemed like a re-hash of older sketches with lots of ‘filler’. The last section seemed to jar with the rest of the work and went from being ‘cute’ to preachy :/
Having read this book I would sum it up in one word - meh.
I really hope that if there is a fourth book it’s full of new and exciting material.
I enjoyed the other two books in this series and was thrilled to see Sarah's latest up on Netgalley. The first half was more enjoyable for me as it had her trademark relatable, quirky, life happenings depicted in humorous comics. The latter half was more Sarah giving advice to aspiring artists. Overall, another fun installment in this series, and I am grateful I was able to spend some time with Sarah and her drawings.
Thank you to Sarah Andersen, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley, for the opportunity to review an early copy.