Graphic Novel Review,  Webcomic Review

Herding Cats

Herding CatsTitle: Herding Cats
Author: Sarah Andersen
Series: Sarah's Scribbles #3
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
First Published: March 27, 2018
Pages: 112
Genres: Humor, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

As mentioned in previous reviews, it’s hard to scroll through a social media feed without having seen at least one of Sarah’s Scribbles reblogged at some point. If you’ve read my previous reviews of Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump then you already know that I’m a fan of this comic series.

Sarah’s Scribbles is a comic about one artist’s everyday struggles as an awkward and introverted millennial. I’ve always found the comics to be cute and extremely relatable so I’m usually quite happy to read them as they come up.

Now, I will say that as a collection, Herding Cats was not the best. The comics were less ha-ha funny and more just constant reminders that Sarah loves cats, her boyfriend, and Halloween. She also has anxiety over deadlines and adult responsibilities. All things that had me nodding my head saying, “Hey me too,” but it got very repetitive. Not to say there weren’t still the occasional gem mixed in there because there definitely were, it just felt blander overall.

Now the one spectacular thing about this book isn’t so much the comics, but the personal essays at the back of the book. Sarah talks about how the internet has changed for her from a place of happiness to one full of anxiety and harassment. She talks about her growth as an artist and gives advice to fellow creators out there about the importance of creating art and keeping their chin up. The essays are heartfelt and relevant to our times, and I really enjoyed reading them.

Overall this wasn’t Sarah’s best collection of comics, but worth the price of admission for the essays.

“If something is too harsh to say to someone else, maybe make sure you aren’t constantly saying that thing to yourself.”

I’m a Filipino American blogger, historian, and lazy writer. I enjoy books, video games, anime/manga, and smoking hookah.