Shit is Real
After an unexpected breakup, a young woman named Selma experiences a series of reveries and emotional setbacks. Struggling to relate to her friends and accomplish even the simplest tasks like using a modern laundromat, she sinks deeper into depression. After witnessing another c ...more
She's really amazing at exploring human emotion in minor drama pieces. I connected with this one a bit better probably just because it explored a person who's similar to age to me. As opposed to the young girl in Earthling.
I really like the surreal elements of the story... and the fact that the story occurs in some weird futuristic world with animal people... although the parallels to our own digital age w ...more
What I found lacking was the story - it is there, but doesn't seem to say something new or more than many stories about post-breakup confusion. I get that this graphic novel is more atmosphere-oriented than story-oriented, but it just didn't make me feel anything, except for the appreciation for the art. ...more
In an era when cartoonists like Leslie Stein are doing much better work with the same approximate material, I have a hard time finding a strong connection to Aish ...more
Among the many graphic novels that have attempted to capture the distinct feeling of facelessness that our all-digital, social media-minded age presents, Aisha Franz's Shit Is Real may come the closest to accurately portraying that experience. Following Selma — recently single, becoming isolated — as she floats through an increasingly weird landscape of strangers, Shit Is Real fully realizes the utter oddity of young-adult life today.
At 288 pages, Shit Is Real neither lingers too long, nor ends...more
Initial thoughts: This is the weirdest graphic novel I've ever read. Set some time in the future, it was hard to discern what was reality and what was part of Selma's imagination. Was her ex-boyfriend some sort of alien with a reptile head or was that how she saw him after he threw her out of their apartment? In terms of feeling lonely and cut off from friends, peering in from the outside, not knowing what comes next, this book was relatable, though.
The artwork fit the ps ...more
This graphic novel is primarily about the main character's loneliness after she breaks up with her boyfriend and in turn feels neglected by her best friend who is busy in her own relationship. This book is odd and surreal drifting in & out of dream sequences. I read it in under an hour and overall found it enjoyable (and weird). ...more
Franz knows the power of her visuals. Shit is Real is beautifully drawn and thoughtfully composed. And it's painfully real. ...more
The critique I'd have is that the drawings are a bit rough and and not as edited or considered as I'd like them to be as a reader. ...more