REVIEW: Sharky Malarkey

Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC


Sharky Malarkey by Megan Dong is probably the funniest series of comic strips I have read in my life. Full disclosure: I was almost in tears in the lunch room at my day job, I was trying so hard not to full on cackle.

I don’t even know how to explain this book but to show two of the comics that had me laughing the most.

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This series of comics is random, hilarious, and unapologetic about being alive, and that’s really all I can say other than: Buy this book when it comes out in September. If you like things like Sarah Scribbles, then you should definitely read Sharky Malarkey.


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Author: Megan Nicole Dong
Published: September 18, 2018
Pages: 224
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9781449487553

Synopsis: Sharky Malarkey follows the adventures of Bruce, a washed-up shark actor, and a colorful assortment of dysfunctional people, animals, and inanimate objects.

Bruce is equally outlandish and relatable—he’s vain but insecure; hotheaded but cowardly; craves attention but fears intimacy—his over-the-top antics are all too human. Based on Megan Nicole Dong’s popular webcomic, Sketchshark, her debut print collection mines the absurd in everyday life.

REVIEW: Herding Cats

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.

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Like, come on, who isn’t like this?

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.



35924705Author: Sarah Andersen
Published: 
March 27th 2018
Pages: 
112
Publisher: 
Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 
9781449489786