This news has been around for a while, but it never got it’s own item, so here it is: Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh’s blog/webcomic/highly-structured stream of consciousness whatever-it-is, is getting a book collection in October called Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Brosh has been working on the book for a while—it’s slated to contain 50-50 old and new material—but she was sidetracked by the bouts of depression which her website has detailed in touching fashion. Although Brosh hasn’t updated in two years, a photo of the book’s manuscript on Instagram back in April led to great huzzahs across Reddit and the viral world.
For those not hep to the strip, it’s kind of Wimpy Kid for millennials, an extremely well-written, highly personal account of Brosh’s life and childhood memories (the Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas strip is a holiday classic) that uses deliberately crude drawings in “rage comic” style to mimic the emotional joy and distress of the process of growth. The strip, or whatever it is, is quite native to the web, so a book might be quite different, but Brosh is such a talented writer that I’m sure it will work out, The book is already in the top 1000 on Amazon.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.