Source: From Netgalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Just Act Normal by John McNamee Series: A Pie Comics Collection
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
"A dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles." — BoredPanda.comThis third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor John McNamee features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to seem “normal,” and why that’s hilarious.Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But after a shoulder injury forced cartoonist John McNamee to simplify his drawing style and improvise comics, Pie Comics evolved into the beloved strip it is today!This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to look “normal,” and why that’s hilarious.
Just Act Normal is a compilation of webtoon comics all put into a book together. It is divided into a few sections of coping including: Coping with Childhood, Coping with Society, Coping with Work, Coping with Love, Coping with the World, and Coping with Yourself. It is as the synopsis notes - dry and very sarcastic and I think it takes a certain type of jaded/sarcastic reader to fully enjoy these types of comics (so obviously I enjoyed it).
Before this point, I had seen some of these comics online but not read any of them compiled like this. It was an interesting way to read them, because you can read a page or two and then leave/return to an all new strip. The strips are not consecutive and are all one-off quips and jokes or overly realistic and relatable tiles.
I think if you are looking for a fun coffee-table addition, or are looking for an easy ready with a lot of sarcasm, this would be the book for you.