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‘Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair, Don’t Care’ (review)

Created by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Script by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Art by Leslie Hung, Mickey Quinn
Published by Image Comics
Available February 22, 2017

 

Lottie Person is much like her name: she’s a lot of person.

She’s a twentysomething fashionista blogger who can style a selfie like the greatest Kardashian.

But in real life, she’s like everyone else. She’s messy. Messy life. Messy friends. Messy relationships. And big, fat messy allergies that keep her nose running like a facuet.

Much like her histamine balance, Snotgirl is a little out of sorts.

She is an emotionally fragile scribe who is easily sent into hysterics.

Add a new allergy medication to the mix, and poor Lottie finds herself teetering on the edge of crazed and dangerous and every other self-involved hottie living in Los Angeles.

In her hero’s journey, she’s plagued by ex-boyfriends and former interns, terrible best friends and handsome detectives, all attempting to pull Lottie from her path towards the truth. But in the end, it comes down to one bad night in one bad bar…and the confusion that follows.

Despite the warm feel-good fuzzies that covers the glossy pages of the fake-it-til-you-make-it blogger tale, Snotgirl offers shades of Jamie Hewlett’s iconic Tank Girl. Perhaps a somewhat shallow, egotistical version of the iconic punk rock ass kicker, but still, there are some slight similarities.

In Snotgirl’s world, guns, bazookas and all weapons of mass destruction have been replaced with iPhones and keyboards. The foul-mouthed debauchery of Lady Tank is swapped for biting quips about style and dress. Instead of Tank Girl, Sub Girl and Jet Girl, we are given Cutegirl, Coolgirl and Normgirl.

But most importantly lies a keen self awareness of the world in which the main character resides and the people who surround her. She understands she is a parody of what she represents…and she doesn’t give a fuck.

Artist Leslie Hung keeps the colors brights and girl, much like the way our heroine wishes to be seen by the public. Filled with pinks, lilacs and the soft green of Snotgirl’s hair, the color of the comic oozes girlie girl, hiding the dark nature behind a palette of pastels.

Snotgirl. She’s not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need. Along with a Benadryl.

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