Author/Artist: Chuck Mullin
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Released: November 19th, 2019
I received a copy of Bird Brain through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bird Brain is a charming collection of Chuck Mullin’s works. Her comics are deeply personal, as she documents her struggles with anxiety and depression. And hopefully writing these comics helped her own those a bit too, giving her a bit more control in her life.
These comics are chuckle working, of course. But they’ll also resonate with many readers out there. And that is why this collection is so absolutely wonderful. There’s something so powerful about being able to read light comics such as these, and then seeing them touch upon some of the toughest things in our lives.
Obviously, I loved these comics. They were a combination of quirky and charming. They were brutally open and honest at times, but that added to the charm in many ways. There’s something so refreshing about it all.
The art style is another strong element in this series. The characters are all birds, which seems like an odd decision. But their avian characteristics blended well with the plots of each minicomic, and perhaps allow us to take a step back from the brutality that can sometimes come with these struggles.
Plus, they’re cute. It doesn’t have to be much more than that, does it? I adore the little birds and all of their quirks. There’s something silly, but charming about them.
Finally, I love the way this collection was organized. It’s cut into three main sections – four if you count the conclusion. Bad Times, Relationships, and Positivity. The flow and grouping of these comics are perfect.
I loved Bird Brain and every comic within this collection. Though I obviously loved some more than others, I also really enjoyed the collection as a whole. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Chuck Mullin in the future.