Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Seconds. Lost at Sea. What do these great graphic novels have in common? Why, they’re all written and drawn by fantastic Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley, of course! Well, Bryan’s at it again, writing his first serialized comic series Snotgirl. I got my hands on the first paperback volume – hilariously subtitled Green Hair Don’t Care – which comprises the first five issues, and here’s why you’ve gotta check it out.
First off, not only does the whole world know O’Malley’s writing is the bomb, but industry newcomer Leslie Hung’s beautiful pastel-toned art is so unique and fun as well. While this story couldn’t be any more different from his other works – and the new artist aids in that feeling – the story still maintains a sort of calmly larger-than-life weirdness that all his novels seems to offer; almost like an Americanized manga. Further to that, there is also sort of a mystery feel to the book, as the main character is either losing her mind or some larger, stranger things are at play here. Nothing quite adds up and I guarantee you’ll end the volume feeling confused… but wanting to keep on reading.
Snotgirl is the story of successful social media fashion blogger Lottie Person, who is obsessed with her image online. However, she also has terrible allergies that she tries her best to keep secret, as they cause her nose to run endlessly. She has a few ‘friends’ – mostly just other fashion bloggers that she doesn’t really care about – which she privately addresses, rather than their real names, with descriptor monikers that reflect their fashion style, like ‘Normgirl’ or ‘Cutegirl’. However, this all changes one day when she meets a girl so beautiful and charismatic she just needs to be her actual friend: Caroline, or, as she calls her, ‘Coolgirl’. However, Coolgirl is a little confounding, and her motives seem to change from page to page. Is she a bitch? A sweetheart? Does she want to be friends? Does she want to be enemies? What is she playing at? This confusion – and the dark bloody mystery surrounding her – only makes Lottie want to be her friend that much more.
Even if you’ve never picked up a Bryan Lee O’Malley story, this is as good a place as any to start. While the only real downside to the story is if you, like me, want some damn answers and don’t want to wait, the quirky-yet-strangely-normal tone mixed with the dark, surprising, murderous twists is still definitely worth the experience, and I promise you will both laugh your ass off and gasp in surprise. Hell, maybe you’ll even start your own fashion blog.
Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care (Snotgirl #1-5)
Written by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Art by Leslie Hung
Published by Image Comics
Length: 144 pages