Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Lee O’Malley
Artist: Leslie Hung
Colorist: Mickey Quinn
Letterer: Maré Odomo
The vapid world Lottie Person inhabits continues being needled by her growing problems in issue #3. We see that Lottie is still concerned about what happened the night she met her friend “coolgirl.” She knows she saw her bust her head open but Coolgirl is still texting her like nothing ever happened. Lottie is trying to keep it together to maintain her superficial appearance but is barely managing. Lottie thrives on disassociating from reality and pretending the fake high-end snobby world of the fashion blog-o-sphere is the truth. With the reality of her severe allergies and the supposed sight of Coolgirl’s death, Lottie is beginning to have a tougher time keeping her superficial bubble of the world un-popped.
In issue #3 of Snotgirl we follow Lottie Person as she attends a party thrown by “Normgirl.” There Lottie meets Normgirl’s handsome but creeping boyfriend. She also has a run-in with her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, Charlene, who is also Lottie’s old intern. Lottie’s blood boils every time she sees Charlene but she’s chained by social ties. She has to endure the presence of Charlene but can Lottie really do that without creating a scene? There’s that and more in Snotgirl #3.
Both previous issues of Snotgirl were good and #3 is no exception. It doesn’t end on a dramatic note like #1 but it doesn’t have to to generate interest. Snotgirl is bizarre in that it’s interesting to read but it’s unusual for comics. It’s not about superheroes, criminals, or killers. It’s about a fashion blogger. The problems aren’t world devastating or even physically devastating. Snotgirl is firmly in the world of self-made internet celebrities. The drama is exaggerated but it’s intentional as an element of that lifestyle. The problems are the mundane problems of the real world through the lens of people who want to remove themselves from the mundane. Lottie’s just trying not to commit social suicide. And yet it works. I’ve loved each issue of Snotgirl so far. Despite its concept sounding like something that would never make a good comic, it does.
The art in Snotgirl helps readers along as well. It’s very good art. But more than the art, it’s the vibrant use of color that makes Snotgirl stand out to me. It’s what made me initially interested in reading it on its debut. In a visual medium, color choices are important. The color in Snotgirl is brilliant. It’s bright, vibrant, eye-catching. The colors complement the “reality” Lottie and her blogger friends try to maintain. It feels artificial–better and brighter than real life. That’s exactly what Lottie Person wants to be. It’s what she thinks she has to be.
If you can stomach youth slang and initialisms then I think you should pick this comic up. I know Snotgirl sounds unusual but I’d recommend it to any comic fan, especially ones looking to break out of the superhero or secret organization boxes. With the series only three issues in, it’s a perfect time to try it and see if it’s for you.
- Tension is introduced when a confrontation occurs
- Lottie Person manages to be both likable and unlikable
- Color is dazzling as is the norm with this series
- Creates a solid interest in what is going to happen next
- Unusual story setting for comic can be off-putting to certain readers
- Modern slang and initialisms can be confusing