I’ve enjoyed perzines since I first serendipitously discovered them about 10 years ago. Then when I found out there were perzine comics? Mind. Blown. I discovered creators like Liz Prince and Jeffrey Brown, and I instantly fell in love. I love the way each page was like its own comic strip, but all the strips combined to form a narrative. I felt deep connections to these people I’d never met over the shared experiences in their stories. What it’s like to fall in love, to lose touch with friends, to fart in front of your spouse/partner. I loved the artwork, and how the books felt like they had been handmade, just for me to read and enjoy. I loved the sizes of the books, which were typically smaller in length and width, but not necessarily in depth. Needless to say, I was hooked.
In the same by chance way I came upon Liz Prince and Jeffrey Brown, I found two books this week by Corinne Mucha; My Alaskan Summer and Get Over It!. Mucha’s style is much in the same vein as the previous mentioned creators, so I instantly knew I was in for a treat.
My Alaskan Summer is all about her summer spent working at a bed and breakfast in Alaska with her boyfriend. During their time there, they take mini-trips, encounter giant mosquitoes, go hiking….everything you would do if you went on a trip to Alaska. It was especially wonderful to me, as it reminded me of my friends in Alaska, and a week during a summer I spent with them.
Get Over It! is about her breakup with a boyfriend, the same one who had gone to Alaska with her in the previously mentioned book. She discusses in the introduction that writing the book was therapeutic, and helped her to be able to move past the awful feelings that often come with breakups. The emotions she went through will be instantly familiar and relatable to anyone who has gone through a breakup.
Corinne Mucha’s storytelling and illustrations are both top notch, and met my expectations of what personal comics should be. I really enjoyed both of her books, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.