Okay, time for me to admit a guilty pleasure – I freaking love the Awkward Yeti collections by Nick Seluk, so when I saw that there was another collection set to be released in October I couldn’t resist the temptation. I know, I know, I should probably get a novel review up here some time soon, but I’m hoping you’ll love this funny and relatable little gem as much as I did.
Title: Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Author: Nick Seluk
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Sequential Art, Comics, Humour, Webcomics, Nonfiction
Themes: Mental Health, Inner Struggles, Life Balance, Bodily Functions
My Rating: 4.5/ 5
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the hugely popular Awkward Yeti comics comes the third collection in his Heart and Brain series.
Heart and Brain: Body Language continues the adventures of the loveably conflicted sentimental Heart and rational Brain, as well as other bodily inhabitants like Gallbladder, Muscle, and Tongue.
Warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, these comics bring our inner struggles to vibrant, humorous life.
I LOVE the Heart and Brain series. It is like Seluk snuck inside my brain and found a way to make my anxiety, coffee addiction, and conflicted feelings about exercise undeniably humorous. This collection of one panel/ page comics is so down to earth that everyone will find something that strikes a chord. As always, the conflict between heart and brain is one that we all have to deal with. Budget vs. desire? Yep, that’s covered! Hopeless over thinker? That’s covered too! Throw in muscle cramps, food cravings, and a few token organs that occasionally annoy you and this baby is spot on the money when it comes to realistic humour.
The art work is simple and effective featuring bold lines, block colours, and cartoonishly abstracted representations of the organs. Seluk even manages to poke fun at these abstractions at one point through having heart dress up as anatomically correct, and it was cute little moment to plug the line of never trying to be something that you’re not. I have always enjoyed that while the brain often sweats, wears glasses, and is depicted pouring over a computer or papers while the heart chases butterflies and wears a batman cape. Okay, so it reinforces the stereotypes of rational vs impulsive people a little, but the trope is instantly recognizable and easy to understand even if you haven’t followed the webcomic or read the previous collections.
The beauty of this collection lies in it’s simplicity – it depicts real problems and situations, uses clean and easy to follow humour, and it doesn’t rely on fancy graphics to make up for a lack of content. And seeing as it’s filled with punchy one-liners and a few good book buying reference I can’t help but recommend it as a perfect short read. This is exactly the kind of book that I would leave out in my house to keep both guests and my husband occupied – or better yet, put this baby in a professional office or waiting room!
Many thanks to Nick Seluk and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.