Funny as Hell: On Hyperbole and a Half
By Ryan Joe
I was thrilled to read Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half because finally, finally, I found out where all those memes are coming from.
Though I go through a lot of comics, I rarely do so online. It’s hard for me to read for pleasure through a screen. Of course, I use apps like ComiXology because it’s a great way to stock up on single issues without having to find storage space later on.
In any event, I was aware of Brosh’s blog, but never made my way there. So this collection, part prose and part sequential storytelling, is a good entry point if you don’t want to go through her entire online archive. She writes and draws breezily about her sugar addiction, her slightly maladjusted dogs — as well as more serious matters, like her depression.
Her two blog posts on that subject — both collected in her book — are really compelling. Brosh uses her cartoons to punctuate or underscore her text, which is often more explanatory. Her strips bring levity to a really dark subject, and most importantly, makes it easier for non-sufferers to relate and understand.
I’m going to have to keep this entry short. I’m attending a wedding soon and need to figure out what tie to wear and then go to CVS to get some product for my hair, which right now looks like a pile of stringy shit (Not literally, but close enough).
Reading Brosh is like having a conversation with a close friend who’s also funny as hell.