Title: I Hope This Helps: 500 Days of Comics and Extremely Helpful Guides
Date Published: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Synopsis: An illustrated guide to the absurdities of our phone-obsessed modern life from one of the sharpest wits in webcomics2
Tommy Siegel's writing is sweet, sarcastic, and hilarious — targeting specific aspects of pop culture while still appealing to a general audience. Through simple doodles and amusing characters, Tommy's comics express endless amusement about our phone-obsessed modern society, including the stages of gentrification, how to cope with anxiety, and what your method of coffee preparation says about you. This collection includes highlights from Tommy's viral "500 Days of Comics" project, along with three essays about the experience of being a creative person in the age of social media and how our phones are changing our brains and relationships. Tommy's writing is as scathing as it is sincere, while always keeping a funny, lighthearted tone. This collection also introduces the Candy Hearts characters, a brilliant vehicle for expressing all the ways in which romantic couples are not always on the same page. A must-read for comics-lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
About half of the comics were amusing, and of those only a small amount made me actually laugh. Which is sad, because I am one of the easiest people to make laugh. The biggest problem is that I don't believe I was the target audience for much of the jokes. I don't drink coffee, okay?! Accept me as I am! That, and everything seemed to be thrown in willy-nilly. There just wasn't any real flow... and that is something important for comics especially, else they get repetitious and lose their comedic power.
Tommy Siegel is amusing and someone I enjoy seeing stuff from every now and again, but I don't think these comics are worth me spending money to buy a whole book of them. And I feel I should note that I own a whole lot of books published by webcomic artists, because I love them.
It was an okay read. I wouldn't go through it again, but I didn't hate it.