Hyperbole and a Half: now in book form!

Hyperbole and a Half, a webcomic that is so funny, manic, and (at times) emotionally wrenching that it deserves its own entire category, has finally spawned a book! The book, subtitled "Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened" reprints many of Allie Brosh's best-loved pieces, and, excitingly, includes some all-new work which I can't wait to read. Brosh is unlike anyone else in the field today, an Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century. I don't know how she does it, but I'm delighted to have ordered my own copy, and was fascinated by this interview with Wired's Laura Hudson:

WIRED: A lot of your best stories come from your childhood, including your most recent comic about a dinosaur costume that turned you into a monster. How many amazing childhood experiences did you have, anyway? Do you worry about running out?

Brosh: I think that’s something that pretty much everyone who works in a creative capacity worries about all the time. I felt like I was out of material probably three months into blogging, after I picked all the low-hanging fruit. But over time I’ve learned that as I evolve as a writer and a storyteller I find better ways to frame a story in a way that makes it more interesting, rather than a you-had-to-be-there kind of story. I’m sure at some point I’ll run out, but for the time being I feel a bit more secure after seeing myself go through that so often and come out on the other hand with a new idea.

WIRED: One of your comics, “This Is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult,” inspired a meme sometimes called “All the Things.” How do you feel about having your work repurposed outside your comic in a way that isn’t credited and that you can’t control?

Brosh: I think it’s fine when it’s just the internet playing around with it and having fun with it. I sort of get sick of seeing it sometimes. [laughs] But occasionally someone will come up with a creative new way to use it that really makes me laugh. I don’t enjoy when, say, some cause I don’t agree with uses it to support their agenda. That rankles me a little bit, but there’s not much I can do to prevent that. But for the most part I like that people are having fun with it. It’s not OK to use it to sell things, or anything that would be copyright infringement, but I enjoy its nature as a meme.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Hilarious Hyperbole and a Half Webcomic Becomes Hilarious Book

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  1. Allie Brosh is all that is good about the internet.

  2. The recent strip about how a dinosaur costume empowers the young artist's Id is excellent.

  3. The irony is that's not hyperbole.

  4. jjsaul says:

    It's so very amazing what she's able to communicate in those strange primitive mac-paint level images... generations of writers have tried to communicate the alienation of depression and social anxiety, yet better than nearly any of them she captures the brittle attempt to hide despair behind a frozen grin.

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