Book Review: I Saw You…

June 3, 2011

isawyouI picked up I Saw You…: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections edited by Julia Wertz for two reasons. (1) The cover is cute. (2) I love the idea of authors/artists creating stories from want ads or Craigslist missed connections or, well, anything like that. It just appeals to me. I was really interested to see what different ideas the artists would come up with to explain the people who placed the ads and the people who inspired them.

As for the book, it’s basically like picking up any short story collection. There are some hits and misses, some stories and ideas I just don’t get. Some of the artwork appealed to me and some of it didn’t. As a project it was exciting and inspiring. As a read, it was okay.

And, if I’m being honest, I was also expecting longer entries. Some were a nice length, but most were essentially comic strips. (I don’t know why I expected longer. I mean, it is a collection of short comics. But I just did.)

All of that said, if you’re interested in storytelling and POV and all of that fun writing stuff that comes when different people are given similar prompts, then it is a fascinating read.

 by Julia Wertz

Support Your Local Library: 20/30; Graphic Novels: 4/10

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