One of our favorite webcomic artists is Liz Climo. We posted her comics quite a few times, because they are both cute and funny.
Climo is a character artist on The Simpsons, and her animal comics started out as a hobby. She was surprised to find how many people really liked them, and developed quite a following online. Her first book, The Little World of Liz Climo, came out last year. Her children’s book Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad was launched this past May.
Today, Climo’s latest book, Lobster is the Best Medicine, is available for purchase. It’s full of comics about friendship. It contains 25 comics from her blog Hi, I'm Liz, and 75 new comics. They feature the animals you’ve come to love: the rabbit, otter, bear, alligator, lizard, shark, elephant, penguin, anteater, and more, all doing everyday things with their interspecies friends. The simple yet absurd humor comes from their individuality, which is sometimes misunderstood by another of a different species. But it doesn’t matter in the end, because they are friends and are supportive, no matter what. The comics are quirky and gentle, but never syrupy.
In the introduction, Climo tells about moving to a new city and missing old friend, but also making new friends. She says,
I love my friends, and I started drawing these comics as a way to make them laugh. After wasting so much time worrying if my drawings were any good, I realized I actually don’t care as long as they make my friends happy, because that’s exactly how my friends make me feel every day. And now, hopefully, they’ll make your friends happy, too! So if you’ve picked up this book and haven’t put it down yet (thanks, by the way!) consider giving it to an old friend, or a new friend, or just keep it for yourself. And if you’re in a new place, starting a new journey, or even feeling a bit lonely, hopefully these comics will keep you company for a bit and make you smile.
Lobster is the Best Medicine will make a great gift, for Christmas or any occasion, for someone you care about. Or anyone who needs a smile.
Lobster is the Best Medicine from Liz Climo is available from Running Press and from Amazon. Visit Climo at her blog.