Friday, September 29, 2017

Literally Me

This is a collection of essays and illustrations and not-easily categorized oddities from Touchstone and author Julie Houts. They range from single page one-frame sight gag comics, to very bizarre, almost absurdist fables. There are also a number of puns and clever wordplay.  Some of the entries are darkly humorous (Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse) and some are just sad with a little drizzle of sarcastic humor (Fiddle).  I enjoyed quite a lot of this book, though I am in no way the target audience (fashion savvy young professional women).

The art is original and technically solid.  There is a lot of technical expertise 'hidden' in the relatively simple drawings.  I really enjoyed the odd little rat cartoons which serve as a kind of Greek chorus to the narrative.

It's not all that often that an artist is a capable wordsmith.  Julie Houts is surprisingly competent at both tasks.

I did enjoy this book and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys and appreciates sarcasm aimed at modern life, including ridiculous health trends, high fashion, conspicuous consumption, entitlement and shallow/ridiculous people.

It's relatively short, 220 pages, and release date is 24 October, 2017.

Three stars
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher

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