The thing with picking up random bundles of comics is that you’ll often come across gems that may have otherwise escaped your notice entirely. Boobage fits that type of comic completely – a small press, autobiographical one-shot about writer/artist Monica Gallagher’s thoughts and feelings on life with her small breasts.
It’s brief, but told with sincerity and a refreshing frankness, accompanied by wonderful art that – despite the potentially mundane subject matter – is nicely inventive in its composition.
It’s gently affecting and, though of course it’d be a stretch for me to say I truly understand the specific issues that Gallagher faces, I can at least empathise and see why the way the female form is endlessly portrayed in the media we consume can cause people to feel different or inadequate.
Most people, when they think of comics, think only in terms of superheroes. Though Boobage is most definitely not the first autobiographical or non-superhero comic I’ve read, it’s a good reminder of the limitless possibilities of comics as an art and storytelling form – and it’s a reminder that we may all be different, but all of us have some form of insecurity that can sometimes be very defining to us, mostly without anyone else even realising.
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