Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince Review

Liz Prince kisses her boyfriend's hand, then turns it over and kisses the other side – she calls it “corn on the cob kisses”! Liz’s cat Science sits on the bed while she and her boyfriend smooch – what a lil perve! Liz’s boyfriend puts Cheerios in her underpants – because her butt might be hungry! Being in love is nice, yaaaaay!

If you’re scrunching up your face and fighting back the vomit after reading that, this comic won’t be for you. If you’re giggling like an anime girl (and probably wearing a bow) and went DAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!! at least once, you’re gonna love this comic. Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? (not a bad title, I’ll give it that) is a super-cutesy series of one-page vignettes about Liz and her boyfriend’s relationship. 

They’re a really, really overly-cutesy hipster couple! Violence did cross my mind at least once while reading about Liz’s mundane, near-idiotic relationship with a fellow adult child. I can vaguely see the publisher’s comparisons to James Kochalka, who produces similarly “cute” comics, but I don’t remember Kochalka’s being this syrupy, even his children’s books! Some moments are slightly amusing but they’re so brief – it really is a quick read at 70-ish pages, even for a comic. 

The drawing style looks exactly like what it is: an art student learning to make comics. They’re extremely sketchy, much like early Jeffrey Brown (who provides a brief intro), but even Brown didn’t leave some of the outlines still visible(maybe that was the point – to emphasise her inexperience with the form?). It’s a first book so it’s forgivable and I have seen her recent work which is more polished, but it’s still hard to look at. We’re talking barely a shade above thumbnails! 

I don’t want to come down on Prince for being happy but when it’s nothing but exultant happiness throughout it comes off as vapid and a little irritating. I suppose if you like relationship comics that are snapshots of a mega-super-hyper-cute relationship rather than actual stories, and you share Liz Prince’s mindset/are so deliriously in love that you’re unable to stop mashing frosting and glitter into your eyes, you’ll enjoy this.

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?

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