These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.
Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious.
“I can’t wait to go home and change into my pajamas.”
I imagine a lot of people are at least vaguely familiar with Sarah’s Scribbles, a web comic that originated on Tumblr but later spread to other social media platforms. I don’t even read web comics all that often but I’ve seen a handful of these comic strips pop up on my feed occasionally and they’ve always made me smile. When I saw the collected work available at the library I figured I should really take the time to check them out and I’m so happy I did.
Sarah’s Scribbles is a comic strip that showcases the every day experiences of an awkward, introverted young millennial ill-equipped for adult life. Many of the comics are semi-autobiographical, featuring stories from the lives of the author and her friends. As an aging millennial myself I found many of the strips to be highly relatable and laughed quite a bit while reading.
The book is relatively short and can easily be read in one sitting. While the book advertises that there are a lot of exclusive comics in the collection, I was actually able to find almost all of them available online in some form completely free which kind of takes away from a value of a printed copy. On the plus side though, while I was looking online for the comics I noticed that many of the older strips included in the collection appear to have been updated with new art. I was actually pretty happy and impressed by this little bit of extra polish and I really appreciated it.
Sarah’s Scribbles is light-hearted, simple, and honest and that’s what makes it so delightful to read. There’s a little something in there for everyone and I think that the series can be appealing to many. I definitely recommend checking out the strip online and hope that more people can find as much joy as I have in this series.
Strengths: Highly relatable, laugh out loud funny, updated art
Weaknesses: Not a lot of exclusive content as many of the comics featured in the book can be found online for free