I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I love cats and I love Sarah Anderson, so a book by Sarah Anderson titled Herding Cats? Yes please.
I read through this book in about 45 minutes, but that’s not really a surprise since it’s a book of Sarah’s stand alone comics of being an adult, dealing with stress and anxiety, and – most importantly – cats. The only way I can think to describe the comics is #relatable and all of them made me smile and/or laugh out loud (seriously, I got weird looks in Starbucks over my snort-laughing over “buff cat”). Who doesn’t love dumb comics about dumb art that’s hilarious? It’s like reading my internal monologue in comic format and I just had so much fun reading it.
What surprised me was that the last dozen pages or so were about being an artist and the importance of believing in yourself. Andersen talks about always practicing and working at what you love and how it’s alright to hate your old artwork. “It just means you’re getting better,” she writes, which is a great way to think about past work. It really made me think differently about the things I have written that I was so proud of in the moment but hate to pieces now.
I really needed this book today and am really happy I was able to get my hands on it. I also look forward to essentially re-creating several of these comics in real life when I adopt my new cat.
Author: Sarah Andersen
Published: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing