Review: “Herding Cats” by Sarah Andersen

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: Sarah’s Scribbles,  Goodreads Choice Award for 2016:  Best Graphic Novels & Comics 

Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.

Review:

Sarah Andersen is back with another book for anyone who enjoys webcomics! If you aren’t familiar with her comics, they depict scenes that are relatable to animal lovers, students, creatives, and basically anyone who experiences emotions.

As with most famous internet cartoonists, I expected Andersen’s book just to be a collection of the short comics I see on Facebook or Twitter and some that I’d never come across. While it definitely has a bunch of the quick, hilarious, and relatable comics Andersen posts on her social media pages, I was surprised at the section that came last.

In the end, Andersen adds a chapter titled “Making Stuff in the Modern Era: A Guide for the Young Creative.” There are a few sections to this, each highlighting a different part of the life of posting your art, writing, music, or any other project on the Internet for all to see.

It’s no secret that this place has become an integral part of life for most people. Unfortunately, for every problem the Internet fixes, it also creates several new ones. That’s why Andersen is here to tell her readers that it’s okay to be scared to share your work so publically. People can be harsh, but they can also be incredibly kind. Andersen offers advice from her experiences on how to handle this anxiety, pick yourself up after you fall, and continue to grow through the best and the worst.

Final thought: I would definitely recommend this to everyone! However, it doesn’t drop until 27 March 2018, so in the meantime, you can check out her other two books from the same series, Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump.

Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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