1.22.2015

Review: Soppy by Philippa Rice

Title: Soppy
Author: Philippa Rice
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 108
ISBN: 1449461069
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Rating: 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Sometimes it’s about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold, watching TV and sharing a quilt, or allowing your partner to order take-away pizza again. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.

Soppy is Philippa Rice’s collection of comics based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, Soppy captures the universal experience of sharing a life together.
 



Currently I live in Nottingham and work from my beautiful home studio. I mostly make comics but also spend a lot of time making animations and illustrations too. 

I work in a bunch of different styles and mediums. People keep asking me which is my favourite and I can't choose. It's nice to switch between different materials and techniques. 




Either you're going to love this book or you're going to hate it, but I thought it was one of the most adorable stinken' things I've read in a long time. Perhaps because I'm in a comfortable, happy relationship and can relate to a lot of the little moments found in Soppy, or because I enjoyed taking pleasure in the simplicity of a blossoming relationship without the torture of a love triangle gone awry. I felt like Rice took even the "boring stuff" and made it into a light flavor that triggered fond memories of cozy love.


If I had to describe this book in one word (other than "soppy"), I would call it simple. There is minimal text, a fairly ordinary storyline, and an incredibly limited color palette (you get what you see on the cover...negative/positive space and red). All of these elements reflected the tone, and yet they worked perfectly together to create a soft and sweet storyline.

Rice pours enough of her heart into this book that the love story becomes tangible to the reader. You find yourself relating to the little moments and adoring the declaration of affection jumping off the page. It isn't just sickening sweetness, though. It celebrates the silly moments, the frustrating moments, the selfish and selfless moments, even the mundane every day moments that encourage teamwork. It creates an entertaining little masterpiece to just sit back and enjoy.


Soppy probably wouldn't appeal to those who spend Valentine's Day bitterly sitting at home eating take-out and watching whatever movie-of-choice that helps them cope with being single. But if you like sweet, sappy, and dripping with cuteness, then you'll enjoy this collection of sketches.

This book is a light read and would also make a great gift for the sweetheart in your life.