Herding Cats was created by Sarah Andersen, and it is a collection of her Sarah’s Scribbles comic. I was excited about the opportunity to read this book because I’ve seen some of Andersen’s comics shared on social media, and I appreciate her brand of humor.
Herding Cats is an astute look at “adulting”, and how stressful modern life can be. There is a new comic on each page, and the jokes are more observational humor rather than a cohesive storyline with characters. Some of the jokes are broad, like time management and being anxiety prone. Some of the jokes are oddly specific, like trying (and ultimately failing) to refold a shirt at a clothing store. But all of the jokes were relatable to me as a thirtysomething year old woman.
The art style is fairly simple, with black and white images against a stark white background. This places an emphasis on facial expressions and body language, which is where most of the humor is.
I would absolutely recommend Herding Cats to fans of wry humor. I especially enjoyed the section toward the end of the book featuring Andersen’s thoughts on what it’s like to be a creative artist in the modern era. All of her work is insightful, but she includes some (very) brief written thoughts on creativity and perseverance in addition to expressing herself through her comics. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sarah’s Scribbles in the future!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book.