Comics & Graphic Novel, Non Fiction

Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid: A Baopu Collection by Yao Xiao

This is an intense and personal collection of comic strips. There is nothing remotely ‘HaHa funny’ about them. Most of the ones I follow on social media do have personal incidents influencing their collections, but this one was of a slightly different ilk. I had seen one or two in passing forwards somewhere, that was enough for me to try the entire collection.

The author draws on her coming out to her mother and the way her life is fashioned around her life in the US while her roots continue to be an essential part of her. The imagery in each panel and the sides as well as background for some very beautiful. For the most part, there is a chronological order in which the panels and the story within it flows. The only problem was that a few of them were too existential and profound for my understanding. That said, someone with similar lives may draw strength from this narrative.

There is not much more I could say regarding this particular title because it is a short collection of panels and was an engrossing read. It also does get you thinking.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my reading experience and the fact that I use my Instagram almost exclusively to follow comic strips like these.

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I am adding this to my #1 category in Non-Fiction Challenge 2020


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