Author: Gemma Gene
Artist: Gemma Gene
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Released: April 6th, 2021
Living With Mochi is the latest adorable addition to Gemma Gene’s publications. If you love animals, especially quirky little pugs like Mochi, then this is the graphic novel for you.
Living With Mochi is full of illustrations (created by the one and only Gemma Gene) that will feel amazingly familiar for many pet parents. Who hasn’t coddled their pet, put up with their whims, and overall put their happiness above their own?
The vignettes that Gemma Gene captured here are so beautiful. They’re also hilarious in ways that are well-suited to a pug named Mochi. On more than one occasion, I burst out laughing or found myself sagely nodding along with decisions made.
Gemma Gene’s artwork is perfect for these slice-of-life comics. They’re quirky in every way that Mochi is, and that cannot be stated enough. While the overall concept of many of these comics had me laughing, it was the execution of it all that had me roaring with laughter.
This may be the story of a very personable pet, but it is also a very human story. We all crave connections, and that is something portrayed so beautifully within these pages. Though I’m probably a little bit biased here, being a crazy cat lady, erm, animal lover. It’s one of the many reasons why I will always jump at the chance to read anything created by Gemma Gene. She just gets me.
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.