Author: Adam Ellis
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release: October 23rd 2018
I received a copy of Super Chill through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Adam Ellis is an illustrator; he used to work for Buzzfeed until recently, where he decided to strike out on his own. If this book is any evidence to go by, then I have to say that Ellis made the right call here.
What first caught my attention to Super Chill, other than the artwork which immediately told me who was behind it, was the subtitle; A Year of Living Anxiously. I think anybody living with anxiety would immediately zoom in on that title, and it’s hard to blame us for that fact. It’s not every day you get to see a comic artist being that brutally honest about their life and their experiences – though thankfully it is becoming more common. I love that this sort of graphic novel is normalizing those conversations. Keep up the great work!
I’ve been aware of Adam Ellis for a while now, following him on social media and the like. But this is the first time I ever binge-read any of his comics. It was such a fun and enjoyable experience. While there are heavier discussions being carried through the course of this book, Ellis manages to keep things light on the whole, a fact that is helped by the number of purely comical comics mixed in.
If you’re a fan of Adam Ellis then this would really be a great purchase for you – especially if you like the idea of being able to keep these on your shelf for a moment where you need a pick-me-up. It’d also make a great gift for a fan of his – or even somebody that you suspect would like the series. In short, yes I know you could get the comics online for free, but supporting the artist is a great way to ensure that they continue making the thing you’re enjoying.