Big Mushy Happy Lump

Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this one a tad better than the first collection. Maybe 3.5. I especially liked the latter half which had additional commentary with the comics on the theme “I don’t know how to be a person.” That style continued with “Sadie (how I learned to get over myself and love cats)”, “The Sweater Thief”, and “19th Century Painters.”

Description: Sarah Andersen’s second comics collection picks up right where the first left off – huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard.

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Adulthood is a Myth

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A pleasant enough way to spend 15 minutes, but I’m probably not the audience for these. Mainly about being a young adult woman, coping with the every day stress of living, having periods, boyfriends, self-esteem issues, and social anxiety. As an introvert and a single woman I could identify with some of it and got a few chuckles. I picked this up because I do think the expectations we place on adulthood is “over-rated” and unrealistic, and I like bunnies. Wasn’t sure if the bunny was a pet, a stuffed animal, or a figment of her conscience, but since it talks to her I’m going with the latter.

Description: These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

The Barn: From the Beginning

The Barn: From the BeginningThe Barn: From the Beginning by Ralph Hagen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been a huge fan of The Barn ever since I first saw it, and I still follow it daily online. I probably bought this soon after getting my first Nook color reader quite a few years ago. The strip follows the daily adventures and mishaps of a curious (but oh so naive) sheep named Rory and a sarcastic (but lovable) bull named Stan. They live on a farm next door to the Winterburn Vet Clinic, where Rory likes to “help” with answering the phones, talking to the other animals, and playing with the rubber gloves and other equipment. Stan lives in constant dread of the butcher, and can often be found in disguise, or trying to get passing cars to rescue him. He also can’t get a date to save his life. Other characters include a very polite sheep-herding dog, a cantankerous goat, a hummingbird that doesn’t want to go south for the winter, and a frog that doesn’t hibernate and has wild winter parties. This is just the first year of the strip, and I wish that Ralph would publish this in print format -and sequels (hint, hint) but you can read the whole strip from the beginning at GoComics. I even start every morning drinking tea from The Barn mugs that I got from CafePress. Can’t have too much of Rory!

Description: It’s safe to say that animals make us chuckle. If we had to do some back-of-the-napkin math, we’d guess that half of YouTube is puppies falling asleep, head-butting deer and licking llamas.
Now you can get your laugh on with the animal crew of “The Barn.” We’re happy to welcome the feisty group of Rory, the sheep, Stan, the bull, and the rest of the birds, pigs and others to the pages of the newest and coolest e-book available. “The Barn: From the Beginning” contains the first year of strips of the beloved comic. The Barn comic has been in papers since 2008 and has found fans in Canada, across the United States and to far away places like India and the Netherlands.