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Big Mushy Happy Lump: 06/17/17

Big Mushy Happy Lump  by Sarah Andersen

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen is the second volume in the Sarah Scribbles comics. While much of Adulthood is a Life was taken directly from her webcomic, this book is mostly new material. Anderson on her website explains: "Not only are there exclusive comics that I’ve created just for Big Mushy Happy Lump, but I also wrote three long form stories and illustrated them with comics. These stories are a little more personal and it’s something a bit different...."

The last third of the book are the "long form stories" which save for a more mature and confident drawing style, harken back to some of her earliest comics. Go back to the beginning of her webcomic (back in the days when it was still just a tumblr site, rather than a vanity domain) and you'll see shorter examples of comics with explanatory text. As I missed the post where she explains the inclusion of these stories, I honestly thought while reading them (and re-reading them) that they were redrawn comics from those early days.

Among the included favorites, though, is the one she calls the "money throwing" comic. I think by now every book blogger and librarian and probably book seller has seen it at least once. In case you haven't, here's the final panel:

Throwing money

Much of the book though is divided between three themes: periods suck, social anxiety sucks, and boy hoodies are the best thing in world (they are, by the way). I have personally commandeered two of my husband's hoodies (work keeps giving them him).

I don't know if she has a third book in the works for this series. She has been busy on Cheshire Crossing with Andy Weir — which happens to be on topic for my road narrative project. It's also drop dead gorgeous and mysterious.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 14:47:46

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

oh wow I was almost sure I had commented here. Maybe it was book 1 :) Anyway... I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! The uterus!!! that was my favorite! :)



Comment #2: Wednesday, June 20, 2017 at 16:52:00

Pussreboots

You commented on the first book and asked if I was planning to read and review this one. The uterus was my favorite part too.