Cover by: Leslie Hung
Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist: Leslie Hung
Colorist: Mickey Quinn
Letters: Mare Odomo
Review by Insha Fitzpatrick
Fashion, allergies… no new friends.
Snotgirl is a comic like I’ve never read before. It’s both very stylish and very beautiful, but can probably cause a bit of confusion at the very end. Snotgirl is Lottie Person, fashion blogger by day stricken with heavy allergies. When I saw heavy allergies, I mean heavy allergies. Lottie is a superficial girl who cares a lot about her appearance so no one really sees the her behind closed doors. She keeps the projected image of her perfect self on her blog and in the public eye, but no one sees her with tissue screwed in her nose and tears running down her cheeks. Her friendships are very limited and she gives each of them nicknames instead of knowing their real names, but she also things they’re terrible people. Lottie has a lot of first world problems. She also becomes acquainted with a new friend who she deems as Coolgirl and they get along perfectly… or so she thinks.
Snotgirl is created by the always awesome Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim and artist Leslie Hung. Snotgirl just… works. I’m still not sure why and how it works, but it very much does. I think it might just be my secret desire to see a pretty girl fall, but from this first issue, I’m already really into the story to see where it goes. Bryan’s writing for Lottie is all over the place. I mean this completely literally too…. It’s all over the place. There are different types of dialogue going on within. Most of the story takes place in Lottie’s head. They are completely detailed conversations with herself and… her audience, but mostly within herself. Other pieces of writing are throughout text messages and dialogue with colors assigned to them so you can keep up.
Now… Let me gush about Leslie Hung’s art. WOW. Her art is absolutely to die for in Snotgirl. Honestly, if you gave this comic book to me as a picture book with no dialogue, I’d take it in a heartbeat because it’s so gorgeous. Leslie draws all of these characters with their own personal look and personality that’s to die for. She also draws the hell out of snot. I mean, that’s a complete win if you can draw pretty snot. Her art is amazing with Mickey Quinn’s colors, they’re honestly a match made in heaven. Those personal looks and personality of these characters completely pop once this team gets together and it’s unstoppable.
Buy It OR Wait and See. Hear me out on this… While I loved the first issue, I think it’s one of those comics that you can honestly wait for. It’s great all around, but at the same time I can see people waiting for the trade paperback of this comic instead of buying it in issues at first.