I Hope This Helps: 500 Days of Comics and Extremely Helpful Guides
Author/Artist: Tommy Siegel
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release: October 6th, 2020
I received a copy of I Hope This Helps in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I Hope This Helps is a comic series focused on the absurd parts of life and anxiety. Created by Tommy Siegel, it’s marketed as being the perfect escape from a world that has gotten far too real.
I’m going to be completely honest with you here: I think I would have liked this graphic novel more had the title and marketing been different. The title (and description) led me to believe that it was going to be a funny, quirky, and uplifting series of comics.
It wasn’t. Sure, it was funny at times, and that’s why I refuse to rate it lower than three stars, well, that and the artwork. But it also got pretty dark. Nothing about the jokes or comics in this would be defined as helping.
This comic series takes the time to make many comparisons between different generations, but mostly younger and older millennials. There are some good laughs to be found here, especially if you have a good sense of humor about yourself or the whole situation.
In short, I Hope This Help has a unique sense of humor and is worth the read. Just don’t go into it expecting it to actually try to help. The goal is to make people laugh, but not in the most expected ways possible.