I Saw You…, edited by Julia Wertz

This is an odd little book. It has a long subtitle, like so: “Comics Inspired By Real-Life Missed Connections, filled with near misses, brief encounters, strange sightings, lusty longings, and a little hope for love.” I’m… not really sure what to say about it.

Okay, well, so it’s a series of comics, that’s a good start. And they’re all based on Craigslist “missed connections” ads, which can be awesome or depressing, and are therefore sometimes awesome and sometimes depressing. I’m not clear if all of these comics are actually based on specific Craigslist postings or if some are just sort of made up, but they all sound pretty plausible.

Also, each comic is done by a different artist, so there are a lot of different art styles and different takes on how to illustrate a missed connection β€” some are straightforward and beautifully rendered, a couple take the Craiglist ad and turn it into something super-creepy (though I suppose some of the ads are!), most are somewhere in between. All of them give you a little insight into the kind of person that might find themselves writing to a hottie they’ve possibly barely spoken to.

For the most part, I found the comics a bit boring and/or predictable, but a couple really stood out and made me happy in my heart, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Recommendation: For people who surf the missed connections, because maybe there’s something you need to know. πŸ™‚

Rating: 6/10
(A to Z Challenge)

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