Review by Stacia Oparowski
Valentine’s Day is on Saturday, which means all the good restaurants will be busy.
It also means that most people are thinking about love and romance. While modern Valentine’s day is a bit more about spending money, we should all take a while (perhaps the time it takes to read Soppy?) and think about the little things that we can do every day to show our partners we care instead of holding it in until February 14th when it explodes in a fury of hearts, roses, and chocolate.
Soppy: A Love Story is a chronicle of the relationship of comics artists Philippa Rice and Luke Pearson from start to now. It began as a webcomic and was recently compiled into an adorable book. What I like most about this book is that it isn’t text heavy. It’s a celebration of togetherness in pictures. When they lived separately, they stayed in touch by texting and meeting up to go on dates.
The best parts, though, are when they start to live together and are able to show that they care in many small gestures every day. Nothing says “I love you” like rewarming someone’s tea or coffee when you’ve noticed it has gone cold, or falling asleep together on the couch.
This is one of those comics I will recommend to everyone every February, and in all of the other months too. The characters are likeable, relatable, and un-dramatic. The art is cute and appropriately accented in red. I think everyone can see a bit of themselves in Philippa or Luke.
Philippa Rice is a comics-artist from England. You may have seen her work: My Cardboard Life.
Luke Pearson is a comics-artist from England. He works on Adventure Time, and writes and draws the amazing Hilda graphic novels.
(In case you want to extend the favor … a short tip on microwaving coffee so it doesn’t taste gross. Not from Soppy, but from Urawaza: refresh your stale coffee with a sprinkle of salt before microwaving.)
And here is my extra-special Valentine’s Day Graphic Novel Reading Guide (excluding Soppy because I already recommended it):
1. Zombie In Love by Kelly DiPuccio and Scott Campbell
2. Blankets by Craig Thompson
3. Hark, A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
4. Beauty by Hubert and Kerascoet
5. Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley
6. The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon