Title: Herding Cats
Author: Sarah Andersen
Category: Humor Comic
Publisher/Date: Andrews McMeel Publishing/27 March 2018
Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn’t easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets….umm, never mind–it’s pretty much the same.
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.
I received and ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for anxiety/depression/mental health.
I’ve related to very few pieces of writing as well as I did to this book. I hadn’t read any of Sarah Andersen’s comics before this one and I was initially drawn in by her art style and (to no one’s surprise) the cats, and while both of these aspects delivered I hadn’t expected the very relatable mental health depictions that came along with them.
Many, many of the comics involved situations that felt like they had been taken straight out of my life — be it wanting to be alone instead of around people, doing a terrible job keeping track of time and panicking over my poor time management, or feeling like everything in the world is terrible except for my cat, I could see myself in so many of these scenarios. These comics are funny and personal, and they made me feel less alone as I read them. Sometimes everything in the world feels like it just sucks and the only good thing I can find is my cat — and that’s okay. Sometimes things are just going to be bad for me.
The end section about managing being an artist with anxiety was also a great touch, and I really appreciated getting another perspective on trying to balance mental health priorities with art. I felt better about my own work after reading this, personally, and think it’s wonderful for anxious artists who feel kind of alone in their situation.
Overall, I really loved this! I look forward to reading more of Sarah Andersen’s comics.
Final rating: 5 of 5 stars