A Softer World

feelings
Rating: 4.5/5 – Dark and Thought-Provoking
http://www.asofterworld.com/index.php

Premise
A photo comic featuring strange, insightful, and just plain interesting comments on society and glimpses into larger stories. There’s no story and it’s not quite a gag comic, but it has a unique appeal. They just celebrated their one-thousandth strip, and have a kickstarter for their latest book “Let’s Do Something Wrong” here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1673195448/a-softer-world-4-lets-do-something-wrong

What’s Awesome About It?
A Softer World is hard to summarize. The comics are unconnected in the traditional sense – there’s no continuity, no characters, no running jokes. But at the same time they share a visual aesthetic and an emotional theme that runs through them all and unites them. You never know exactly what you’ll get when you read A Softer World, but you can count on it always being something damn interesting and the kind of thoughts you just plain cannot get anywhere else.

As much as it’s somewhat of a cop-out to say “you just have to read it”, that’s how it is with A Softer World. But if anything, the fact that it captures such a distinct feel while remaining fresh and unique over a thousand strips is a testament to its power as a comic and as a piece of art. While A Softer World isn’t for everyone, it’s one you’d definitely be doing yourself a disservice not to check out.

My Thoughts
A Softer World is something I would personally recommend quite highly. Also, if you like the comic, you’re sure to like other works by the author, Joey Comeau, as well. In particular, the article series/book “Overqualified” (online here: http://www.asofterworld.com/oqindex.php) is excellent (and in my opinion even better than the comic, although they’re different experiences). Joey has also a number of other novels which are quite great, and Emily has a lot of quite interesting photos if that’s your cup of tea. Really, just very talented people coming together for an amazing comic.

Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall – stephen@comicspectrum.com
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