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.”
@ Ilana Glazer from Broad City.This fits perfectly in my mind with the quote by Wayne W. Dyer: “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
This, funnily enough, brought to mind the scene below from The In-Laws:
I think that’s a pretty bright note to end my review on for Herding Cats. As always, I’m excited to see what’s in store next for Sarah Andersen.