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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published April 23rd 2018
Popular cartoonist Sarah Andersen continues her scribbles
Herding Cats Sarah Andersen
Sarah Andersen



Sarah Andersen is a comic book artist who lives in Brooklyn. She is best known for her webcomic Sarah's Scribbles. Sarah's Scribbles is a semi-autobiographical comic based on Andersen's life and experiences as a Millennial.

Andersen started working on Sarah's Scribbles in 2011 while she was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She started uploading it to Tumblr in 2013. The comic became so popular that in 2014 she started working on it full time.

In March 2016 a print collection of Sarah's Scribbles was released called Adulthood is a Myth. The book was a big hit with critics and readers alike. It did so well it won the Goodreads Choice Award in the "best graphic novel" category in 2016, beating the sixth volume of Brian K. Vaughan's and Fiona Staples' critically acclaimed Saga.

Herding Cats Sarah Andersen
Sarah Andersen


Adulthood is a Myth was followed by Big Mushy Happy Lump in March 2017. Herding Cats is the third published collection of Sarah's Scribbles. It was published by Andrews McMeel in March 2018. It retails for between $16.99 and $20.00 and is suitable for kids 12 years and up.

The thing I love about Sarah's Scribbles is how relatable it is. The comic focuses on issues like maturity, growing up, social anxiety, body image, internet trolling, mental health and laziness.

The main protagonist is based off Andersen herself. The two look similar. I adore comic Sarah with her big, expressive eyes and over the top facial expressions and messy hair. I see myself in her.

Herding Cats Sarah Andersen
Sarah Andersen


Herding Cats deals with a variety of subjects from negative thoughts, to what it is like to be an introvert, to time management skills, to feminism, peer pressure, online bullying, stressing about the news, to having periods, to loving your cat a lot.

One strip that stood out to me had Sarah's boyfriend come up to her and say to her "Aw, that time of the month again? Do you want some chocolate?" and Sarah (whose eyeballs are bulging from her sockets) responds with "I WANT MURDER".

The last part of the book has something to say about criticism, harassment, online trolling and questions whether the internet was ever a nice place.

Herding Cats was another fantastic instalment of Sarah's Scribbles. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you would like to follow Sarah's Scribbles online, I recommend you check out the official Facebook Page.
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Why? If you’re a fan of reading Sarah’s Scribble’s on social media then you will love this published book version which contains some of Sarah’s most adorable work.
When: Herding Cats is a soft cover book that would fit nicely in a bag making it perfect for reading on the go
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $16.99 - $20.00
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