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"A dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles." — BoredPanda.com This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor John McNamee features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to seem “normal,” and why that’s hilarious. Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. Bu "A dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles." — BoredPanda.com This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor John McNamee features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to seem “normal,” and why that’s hilarious. Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But after a shoulder injury forced cartoonist John McNamee to simplify his drawing style and improvise comics, Pie Comics evolved into the beloved strip it is today! This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to look “normal,” and why that’s hilarious.


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"A dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles." — BoredPanda.com This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor John McNamee features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to seem “normal,” and why that’s hilarious. Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. Bu "A dry, sarcastic humor that hits you hard in the chuckles." — BoredPanda.com This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor John McNamee features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to seem “normal,” and why that’s hilarious. Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But after a shoulder injury forced cartoonist John McNamee to simplify his drawing style and improvise comics, Pie Comics evolved into the beloved strip it is today! This third collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor features his most absurdly relatable comics on our futile attempts to look “normal,” and why that’s hilarious.

30 review for Just Act Normal: A Pie Comics Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I know it's the signature art style and illustration of an artist. Sadly, it's not for me. I wish for something more for comics like this talking about life, funny or not funny. It's a fun collection so I expect to have a fun time reading it. However, I don't find the art sequence or the lines funny or fun to read. I appreciate the unique artwork. Other than that it's a quick read without much content.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Edme

    Review originally posted here: https://sammythecritic.blogspot.com/2... 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝟒.𝟖/𝟓 Synopsis: Just Act Normal is a compilation of Pie Comic strips that cartoonist John McNamee published on his Tumblr page. My Thoughts: The book’s structure is divided into six sections: Coping with Childhood, Coping with Society, Coping with Work, Coping with Love, Coping with the World, and Coping with Yourself. Being a gag-a-day comic devoid of any continuity or recurring characters, the only commonalities the c Review originally posted here: https://sammythecritic.blogspot.com/2... 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝟒.𝟖/𝟓 Synopsis: Just Act Normal is a compilation of Pie Comic strips that cartoonist John McNamee published on his Tumblr page. My Thoughts: The book’s structure is divided into six sections: Coping with Childhood, Coping with Society, Coping with Work, Coping with Love, Coping with the World, and Coping with Yourself. Being a gag-a-day comic devoid of any continuity or recurring characters, the only commonalities the cartoons within each section share are their loosely-connected themes. Not unlike humor webcomics such as Berkley Mews and Jake Likes Onions, Pie Comics uses its simplistic childlike art style to its advantage to make astute observational and wryly humorous jokes regarding the human condition with a full-shot injection of absurdism, existential angst, and trope subversions, the perfect recipe to a bitter yet comforting meal. Here are a few of my favorites from each part of this collection which speak for themselves: 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 Besides the simple stick figure designs, the font and writing here felt reminiscent of a Mo Willems book but with more cynicism. These birdies are protective of their turf. Why resolve world issues when you can leave to your children and their children and their… 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 Misery doesn’t love any kind of company. A few decades later: Son, I’d enjoy the fruits of my labor but I’m too feeble to even reach for the remote control without breaking me ol’ back. HER: Hedonistic Exorbitances for Ratbags 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤 They say I’m a dreamer and I don’t care if I’m the only one. In all seriousness though, this one hit hard as a cruel reminder about how most of us will continually wallow in delusions of idealistic grandeur to some degree or another to escape the hardships of reality To be fair, I guess the blood could be red with crimson shades and bubble steaming out to convey that our company’s cutting-edge technology will ‘boil your blood’. 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 You know it’s true love when your partner isn’t afraid to fart and belch in front of you. *Huff*, *huff*, did you even bother rehearsing for this meadow run? YOU DAMN LIAR! What happened to the Hulu and HBO Max package promised in our vows. 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 Says the previously homeless big-head. You’d be shocked by how many people have kids to avoid confronting their personal issues which usually end up being vented onto the kid. Then again, most would tell they were just couldn’t help bringing these “bundles of joy” into this sorry excuse of a world. It’s a Woefully Indifferent Life 𝐂𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 This metaphor applies well for some politicians and their blind supporters. And this is why folks I limit my social media use. Memory Loss is busy transporting the fifth horse Fragility. Final Thoughts: Overall, Just Act Normal was a funny and relatable comic strip collection worth taking a look at if you’re in the mood for a quick read with a fistful of laughs and light existential dread. Thank you NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    So, I don't follow Pie Comics online. I vaguely remembered reading the first collection, Book Learning, a couple of years ago and that there were not enough books in a book called Book Learning. Fast forward a couple of years and I am looking for something to read that is quick and easy and preferably a bit funny as well. Just Act Normal ticks all those boxes, but not much more than that. The style is not really for me, and while I thought some of the comics were mildly funny, it was not as funn So, I don't follow Pie Comics online. I vaguely remembered reading the first collection, Book Learning, a couple of years ago and that there were not enough books in a book called Book Learning. Fast forward a couple of years and I am looking for something to read that is quick and easy and preferably a bit funny as well. Just Act Normal ticks all those boxes, but not much more than that. The style is not really for me, and while I thought some of the comics were mildly funny, it was not as funny as I had hoped. A little bit of escapism, but I am afraid it didn't work that well for me. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this and other reviews on my blog https://www.urlphantomhive.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Just Act Normal by John McNamee is the third collection from this cartoonist, and my introduction to the world of Pie Comics. While the cartoons themselves are quite simplistic, the messaging contained within is sarcastic, dry, and very relatable. Why do we try so hard to be 'normal', and just who defines 'normal' anyway? I certainly understand the appeal of the strip as a running commentary and critique on modern life and human foible, and I appreciate the truth that bears itself out amidst the Just Act Normal by John McNamee is the third collection from this cartoonist, and my introduction to the world of Pie Comics. While the cartoons themselves are quite simplistic, the messaging contained within is sarcastic, dry, and very relatable. Why do we try so hard to be 'normal', and just who defines 'normal' anyway? I certainly understand the appeal of the strip as a running commentary and critique on modern life and human foible, and I appreciate the truth that bears itself out amidst the funny. Many thanks to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read this ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madara

    Oh boy... I've previously seen some of John McNamee's work and it has always seemed so relevant (even if this word is overused). The impostor syndrome, feeling like you don't matter and the world would be the same without you, the pressure we put on kids... I really enjoyed reading this collection and now I want to get my hands on previous collections! Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Just Act Normal is my first Pie Comics Collection and I quite enjoyed it. The drawings are really simple but also cute and fitting. Unfortunately, the humor wasn’t 100% for me. I laughed at some of the comics, but too little for a 4 star rating. Nevertheless, it was a quick and pleasant read that anyone could enjoy. Thanks to Oni Press and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    If you're looking for some fun and lighthearted comics to pass the time with, this book is just for you! John McNamee has created an excellent collection of comics to brighten up your day. These comics are goofy and amusing! Honestly, the random twists and turns these comics take had me smirking along the way. This isn't a serious set of comics by any means, but ones that will make you chuckle, smile and roll your eyes at. The illustrations are very simplistic, but also have a fair amount of col If you're looking for some fun and lighthearted comics to pass the time with, this book is just for you! John McNamee has created an excellent collection of comics to brighten up your day. These comics are goofy and amusing! Honestly, the random twists and turns these comics take had me smirking along the way. This isn't a serious set of comics by any means, but ones that will make you chuckle, smile and roll your eyes at. The illustrations are very simplistic, but also have a fair amount of colour to keep your attention. Overall, this is a great comic selection for people seeking a wee bit of comedy in their life. Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and One Press for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    nadiaizzaty

    The book is quite interesting with the funny illustration . About what is happening in our daily life - expectation vs real life . Hehehe . Some part makes me laugh as well because it is so true what is happening in real life . Hihi. The book will be published on 17 Nov 2020. Thank you Netgalley for the e-ARC in return with an honest review .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    Unfortunately, most of these comics were pretty forgettable to me. I just finished it two days ago and already can’t remember most of them. I do recall that the comic is broke up into sections related to coping with and attempting to act normal within different aspects of your life. Such as yourself, the world, and work. My favorite panels were under the ‘Coping with Love’ section. I definitely found those entertaining. I’m sure if you’re already a fan of John McNamee and his work then you’ll en Unfortunately, most of these comics were pretty forgettable to me. I just finished it two days ago and already can’t remember most of them. I do recall that the comic is broke up into sections related to coping with and attempting to act normal within different aspects of your life. Such as yourself, the world, and work. My favorite panels were under the ‘Coping with Love’ section. I definitely found those entertaining. I’m sure if you’re already a fan of John McNamee and his work then you’ll enjoy this one as well. However, this was my first foray into his work, and I can’t really say I related to much of what was written. That’s just my opinion though. Your mileage may vary. Received via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean Huber Bookmama789

    Just Act Normal: A Pie Comics Collection by John McNamee, Out November 2020. This is a lovely collection of simple and incredibly relatable comics full of dry sarcasm and biting wit. There is something for everyone in this collection as we laugh at what can even be considered normal these days. Some of these were laugh out loud while others weren't really my brand of funny, but the collection as whole is fun and enjoyable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This was exactly the laughs I needed today. Goofy graphics with sardonic commentary about all the futilities of life that made me laugh out loud so many times. I will be sharing these comics forever. They are equally hopeful and dark... a little like the Peanuts and Calvin Hobbes met and had a comic baby. John McNamee just gets me. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I wanted to like this book, but so much of the humor is depressing or vulgar that it fell flat for me. Some of these comics are very clever, looking at the world in offbeat and surprising ways, but even though I occasionally laughed at particularly good panels, the book as a whole did not impress me. Much of the humor depends on a dark, negative outlook on life, and many of the panels involve foul language. Sometimes, the artist bleeped the s-word and f-word, but other times, he spelled them out I wanted to like this book, but so much of the humor is depressing or vulgar that it fell flat for me. Some of these comics are very clever, looking at the world in offbeat and surprising ways, but even though I occasionally laughed at particularly good panels, the book as a whole did not impress me. Much of the humor depends on a dark, negative outlook on life, and many of the panels involve foul language. Sometimes, the artist bleeped the s-word and f-word, but other times, he spelled them out completely. I didn't appreciate it either way, and often felt like the author was depending on the offensive words for a laugh, rather than crafting an excellent joke. However, even though I found this book disappointing, I am sure that many people will find it delightful. If someone enjoys dark humor and doesn't mind vulgarity, this may be a good fit for them. Some of these comics are very clever, offering hilarious, twisted insights on life, and I can see why people enjoy this comic series. This book just wasn't for me. I received a temporary digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Need advice for coping with anything? Society, work, love, this book has you covered. Some were very funny and only one or two that I had seen before.

  14. 5 out of 5

    DeAnne

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I won't lie, when I see something described as being dry or sarcastic humor, I will definitely want to check it out. I really enjoyed this collection of comics as they perfectly suited my sense of humor. They took a real look at many of the cliches of growing up, as well as real situations that a lot of people face, with a sarcastic twist. I feel the simpler art style really lends to the quick jokes and humor of each comic and *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I won't lie, when I see something described as being dry or sarcastic humor, I will definitely want to check it out. I really enjoyed this collection of comics as they perfectly suited my sense of humor. They took a real look at many of the cliches of growing up, as well as real situations that a lot of people face, with a sarcastic twist. I feel the simpler art style really lends to the quick jokes and humor of each comic and thoroughly enjoyed the read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aleetha

    This is hilarious! In this collection, he drew how human cope with life then put some humor in each panel. I can not explain in details. You should read it yourself. What I want to say it is as amusing as the first one. I wish I can get the chance to read the second collections. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Indrima Upadhyay

    With dry, sardonic, biting wit dripping in sarcasm, this collection of pithy, relatable comics leaves you chuckling more than you'd expect. It is adorable, quick and pleasant to read. I personally devoured the entire thing in less than 45 minutes and since I don't follow Pie Comics online, the style, the art, everything, was all very new to me and I honestly loved it to bits. I'd suggest you go ahead and take a chance with it, especially if you’re in the mood for a quick read, a bunch of LOL mom With dry, sardonic, biting wit dripping in sarcasm, this collection of pithy, relatable comics leaves you chuckling more than you'd expect. It is adorable, quick and pleasant to read. I personally devoured the entire thing in less than 45 minutes and since I don't follow Pie Comics online, the style, the art, everything, was all very new to me and I honestly loved it to bits. I'd suggest you go ahead and take a chance with it, especially if you’re in the mood for a quick read, a bunch of LOL moments, while simultaneously easing the existential dread. A special thanks to NatGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this super awesome book to review! Thanks a ton.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I found these simple drawings/comics pretty funny & could easily relate to quite a few! They're geared to adults, maybe with a drier sense of humor.... anyway, I mostly smiled through out the reading, & laughed out loud a couple of times. It's a fun book for a quick laugh, that adults will largely be able to relate to! This was the 1st I'd read of this artist, but his 3rd offering.....so I'd be interested in seeing his previous work. I received this e-ARC from Oni Press via NetGalley, in return f I found these simple drawings/comics pretty funny & could easily relate to quite a few! They're geared to adults, maybe with a drier sense of humor.... anyway, I mostly smiled through out the reading, & laughed out loud a couple of times. It's a fun book for a quick laugh, that adults will largely be able to relate to! This was the 1st I'd read of this artist, but his 3rd offering.....so I'd be interested in seeing his previous work. I received this e-ARC from Oni Press via NetGalley, in return for reading it & offering my own fair & honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Raf

    ⭐ 7.75 stars out of 10⭐ Witty and sharp but a bit dry. Keywords: comic, contemporary, social critics, comedy, 4-koma style REVIEW Just Act Normal is a collection of short stories that mostly criticized the way our society works. The topics are vast, ranging from bad parenting, expectations, life meaning, and even love. The tones are comedic, some are utterly funny and sharp. Those really hit the marks since I myself is an adolescence currently in quarter life crisis.. But some others feel a bi ⭐ 7.75 stars out of 10⭐ Witty and sharp but a bit dry. Keywords: comic, contemporary, social critics, comedy, 4-koma style REVIEW Just Act Normal is a collection of short stories that mostly criticized the way our society works. The topics are vast, ranging from bad parenting, expectations, life meaning, and even love. The tones are comedic, some are utterly funny and sharp. Those really hit the marks since I myself is an adolescence currently in quarter life crisis.. But some others feel a bit dry. Still it's a great quick read to fill your boredom with. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-copy of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    rita carstairs

    Thanks to the publisher, the author and NetGalley for providing me a free copy of this comic in exchange of an honest review The reason I found a few of these hilarious was because I could really relate to some of the everyday things it was based upon. I think what makes a great comic is exactly that: making fun of events and people we have to live with everyday. There were a few vignettes who touched some sensitive matters - like gender identity and gender roles - who were a bit harsh, but the Thanks to the publisher, the author and NetGalley for providing me a free copy of this comic in exchange of an honest review The reason I found a few of these hilarious was because I could really relate to some of the everyday things it was based upon. I think what makes a great comic is exactly that: making fun of events and people we have to live with everyday. There were a few vignettes who touched some sensitive matters - like gender identity and gender roles - who were a bit harsh, but the other ones were hilarious. The drawings were basic but it completely matched the vibe for the comic, so it was the perfect call.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katya Vinogradova

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Oni Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This is a wonderful collection of comic strips that grows on you as you keep reading. John McNamee has his own outlook on life, and many might find similar ideas to their own in this collection of musings. I would describe John as a hopeful pessimist, who sees life for the epic fail that it mostly is, but still marches on, with a vague hope for a slightly brighte I received a complimentary copy of this book from Oni Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This is a wonderful collection of comic strips that grows on you as you keep reading. John McNamee has his own outlook on life, and many might find similar ideas to their own in this collection of musings. I would describe John as a hopeful pessimist, who sees life for the epic fail that it mostly is, but still marches on, with a vague hope for a slightly brighter future. John's insights on life, relationships, work and hobbies are hilarious and relatable. His illustrations are minimalist, bordering on primitive, and that was the one drawback for me at first. I couldn't relate to the stick figures as well I should have. But then towards the middle of the book, the author gave an explanation to the nature of his style, and that warmed my heart. True, not all people are blessed with natural artistic talents, but anyone who would like to create art has the right to do so, and should be given the chance to succeed in their own way. All in all, this is an an enjoyable book, perhaps not on par with the most brilliant examples of this genre, but still a great collection worthy of your time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Loves Books)

    **Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!** It's kind of remarkable how simple lines and drawings can be arranged in a way that just speak directly to you. And sometimes it's sad you can relate, or that it strikes a chord, but it's always reassuring that you're not the only one, you know? I've seen a few of these comics around social media, and I've always enjoyed them, so I jumped at the chance to read a collection of them. And I loved it! There were so **Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!** It's kind of remarkable how simple lines and drawings can be arranged in a way that just speak directly to you. And sometimes it's sad you can relate, or that it strikes a chord, but it's always reassuring that you're not the only one, you know? I've seen a few of these comics around social media, and I've always enjoyed them, so I jumped at the chance to read a collection of them. And I loved it! There were so many that I wanted to immediately share with my friends or my family and be like "relatable!!" to. I laughed often, was shocked sometimes, and even had a few "woah, that's hilarious and dark and is it bad I'm laughing??" reactions. And in case it's not abundantly clear in descriptions, or from knowing the author is from The Onion, these comics are for adults. Like, VERY adult. Not all, but the ones that are...definitely are. It tackles coping with marriage, life, childhood, work, etc., in incredibly funny, surprisingly poignant, and often subtle clever ways. I appreciated that they directly spoke to a lot of the dark sides to adulthood and those feelings of being lost or without purpose. Like I mentioned, it's nice to see I'm not alone in having to confront existential dread, and that I can even laugh about it all. And if that doesn't convince you to read this book, just know that one of my notes when I was reading and preparing for this review was "I, too, have opinions about grout." I think that's pretty compelling to read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Thanks to NetGalley and Pie Comics Collection for the digital review copy of this one. Slowly clawing my way out of that reading slump and getting caught up on all the wonderful titles that publishers and NetGalley have granted me the last few months. I have needed every one of them. Rona, man. It’s a bitch. Anyway. This collection. Is adorable. And relatable. And exactly what I think we all need right now. This is McNamee’s third collection in conjunction with The Onion, but I do believe it’s my Thanks to NetGalley and Pie Comics Collection for the digital review copy of this one. Slowly clawing my way out of that reading slump and getting caught up on all the wonderful titles that publishers and NetGalley have granted me the last few months. I have needed every one of them. Rona, man. It’s a bitch. Anyway. This collection. Is adorable. And relatable. And exactly what I think we all need right now. This is McNamee’s third collection in conjunction with The Onion, but I do believe it’s my first. Must remedy that, and soon. These absurd comics take a hard look at what it means to be normal, and why that’s all garbage anyway. There is no normal. There is just us, and what we do and how we live. This collection began back in my day, the early ’00s when we all had flip phones and texted by hitting a number button 4 times to get an S. Those were the days. Once McNamee simplified his illustration style, his entire world opened up to explore any and all subjects he could think about. It’s amazing what we can do when we readjust our perspective of “good,” or “normal” and just let ourselves create the way we can or want to. I’ve done a lot of that this year, too, and it’s been freeing and enabled me to create a wider variety of art than my previous expectations allowed. Anyway. This collection. It’s out in November, so if you need a laugh in these wild times like I did, it might thaw your cold, dead heart and make you smile, just a little. It may make you feel seen, and it may resonate with you, and we need more of that right now. Always, but especially right now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    mohini☆

    What had me pick this up: That cute cover with simplistic art style and it's promise of "dry, sarcastic humor". It was a short and sweet ride. I enjoyed the art style that complimented the themes of the humor so well. It was quite hilarious at times but still lacked the punch it needed. This was a collection of comics that brought out several topics like struggles and coping with childhood, society, work, love, world and yourself to the table all while being light and funny. I liked how it was al What had me pick this up: That cute cover with simplistic art style and it's promise of "dry, sarcastic humor". It was a short and sweet ride. I enjoyed the art style that complimented the themes of the humor so well. It was quite hilarious at times but still lacked the punch it needed. This was a collection of comics that brought out several topics like struggles and coping with childhood, society, work, love, world and yourself to the table all while being light and funny. I liked how it was all divided in several parts dealing with each topic. Overall, it was a very relatable and interesting graphic novel anyone would surely enjoy! Thanks to NetGalley and Oni Press for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha

    3.5🌟 I loved this comic. It was deep and relatable, and humourous. It was sarcastic, and took a very different take on many serious issues people are facing nowadays. People want to fit it, and they get upset when they can't. Following dreams is hard. Being a child sucks. Being an adult sucks. How it feel to be different than other people around you. This comic deals with all this issues and more. The art style was simple, which made the jokes even more funnier. It's really amazing how simple dra 3.5🌟 I loved this comic. It was deep and relatable, and humourous. It was sarcastic, and took a very different take on many serious issues people are facing nowadays. People want to fit it, and they get upset when they can't. Following dreams is hard. Being a child sucks. Being an adult sucks. How it feel to be different than other people around you. This comic deals with all this issues and more. The art style was simple, which made the jokes even more funnier. It's really amazing how simple drawings and simple lines could portray so much. About the humour, it wasn't for me, a laughed at a few pages but the rest wasn't that funny, but it still cheered me up. If you're in a mood for a short and fun read, this would be a good choice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    ~I received this book free from Netgalley for an honest review~ Such a lovely quirky read. This book has so many little comics in it that there is bound to be something for everyone. I found that so many of them spoke to me and had me chuckling aloud. The illustrations are perfect even though they are very simple. I read it on my kindle and I found that all of the strips translated very well to black and white, there wasn't any time that I struggled to make out the illustrations. They do also loo ~I received this book free from Netgalley for an honest review~ Such a lovely quirky read. This book has so many little comics in it that there is bound to be something for everyone. I found that so many of them spoke to me and had me chuckling aloud. The illustrations are perfect even though they are very simple. I read it on my kindle and I found that all of the strips translated very well to black and white, there wasn't any time that I struggled to make out the illustrations. They do also look lovely in colour. This book was exactly what I needed to cheer me up, especially with everything kicking up again. It is surely one that I will go back to in the future. I am already excited to share some of them with my husband, I mean where does all the toilet paper really go?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Just Act Normal by John McNamee is definitely a relatable and very current comic strips collection about the pressure, struggles and mishaps of trying to “be normal” and fit in in today’s society. The so called “dry humor” is exactly my type of humor actually. I laughed a lot reading through these comic strips and found myself thinking out loud “yep, this is exactly how this works these days” about so many aspects portrayed in the book. I liked the simplistic art style because it was still fun to Just Act Normal by John McNamee is definitely a relatable and very current comic strips collection about the pressure, struggles and mishaps of trying to “be normal” and fit in in today’s society. The so called “dry humor” is exactly my type of humor actually. I laughed a lot reading through these comic strips and found myself thinking out loud “yep, this is exactly how this works these days” about so many aspects portrayed in the book. I liked the simplistic art style because it was still fun to look at and it didn’t take anything away from the message of the several scenarios. Overall, an enjoyable read, with some bits that I’ll definitely go back to look at and possibly even think about in many occasions of life. I also makes you question what exactly is "being normal" in this day and age, because we're all unique and there is just no possible way to "be normal" in everyone's eyes. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for allowing me the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for my honest review. #JustActNormal #NetGalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Luna

    I’ve not read any of the Pie Comics Collection before and Just Act Normal was a fun introduction to the series and artist. The humour for some of the panels really connected and there was more than one occasion when I laughed aloud. Not everything made me laugh but humour isn’t universal. There wasn’t anything within these comics that I disliked. Some was just more “me”. The way the collection is divided by subject is fun and I like the straightforward art. I would certainly read more. Thank you I’ve not read any of the Pie Comics Collection before and Just Act Normal was a fun introduction to the series and artist. The humour for some of the panels really connected and there was more than one occasion when I laughed aloud. Not everything made me laugh but humour isn’t universal. There wasn’t anything within these comics that I disliked. Some was just more “me”. The way the collection is divided by subject is fun and I like the straightforward art. I would certainly read more. Thank you Oni Press/NetGalley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Blake

    Avid readers of "The Onion," a new book has arrived just for you! If you have been concerned about sibling dynamics, parenting, growing up, dealing with society, self-worth, online shopping, religion, politics, or are just bored and need someone to tell you to read a book, this is the book for you. Peppered with some advice on learning, growing, and adapting, John McNamee dishes out a serving of comedy and absurdity that is much needed in our current climate. Perhaps you have been searching for Avid readers of "The Onion," a new book has arrived just for you! If you have been concerned about sibling dynamics, parenting, growing up, dealing with society, self-worth, online shopping, religion, politics, or are just bored and need someone to tell you to read a book, this is the book for you. Peppered with some advice on learning, growing, and adapting, John McNamee dishes out a serving of comedy and absurdity that is much needed in our current climate. Perhaps you have been searching for a way to achieve the "all day feel goods" that doesn't require whiskey and coffee. If so, buy a copy of "Just Act Normal" today. I promise you won't regret it! Bonus: since it takes a little over an hour to read, this is the perfect workday bathroom break companion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Honestly, I didn’t finish this book. Maybe it’s not my type of humour. I hadn’t seen this author before. I am a fan of web comics, particularly Poorly Drawn Lines, Catania Comics, and War and Peas. However, this just wasn’t my kind of humour. Yes, it’s funny, but it’s not laugh out loud funny. At most it’s “hmm” funny. The book is very satirical and I love that side of it, I just don’t want to sit and read it for an extended period of time. If I followed the author on social media, I’d enjoy the o Honestly, I didn’t finish this book. Maybe it’s not my type of humour. I hadn’t seen this author before. I am a fan of web comics, particularly Poorly Drawn Lines, Catania Comics, and War and Peas. However, this just wasn’t my kind of humour. Yes, it’s funny, but it’s not laugh out loud funny. At most it’s “hmm” funny. The book is very satirical and I love that side of it, I just don’t want to sit and read it for an extended period of time. If I followed the author on social media, I’d enjoy the odd comic popping up on my news feed. But I just don’t want to sit and read multiple comics. It’s no hate to the author, I liked the drawing style and it is funny. Just not my kind of funny.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruth J

    This is the third collection from the author but the first I have read. This book collects together short comics about what it means to be “normal”, in childhood, at work, in love and more. The artwork is simplistic (which is addressed in a strip of its own) yet effective and the humour is a great blend of sarcastic and oddball. All of them were amusing and several had me laughing out loud! The artist does a great job of mining everyday life for those relatable moments but then taking them a step This is the third collection from the author but the first I have read. This book collects together short comics about what it means to be “normal”, in childhood, at work, in love and more. The artwork is simplistic (which is addressed in a strip of its own) yet effective and the humour is a great blend of sarcastic and oddball. All of them were amusing and several had me laughing out loud! The artist does a great job of mining everyday life for those relatable moments but then taking them a step further to highlight some of the absurdities of modern life. Enjoyable fun read.

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