Title: Soppy: A Love Story
Author: Philippa Rice
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: December 2
Source: Andrews McMeel Publishing on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
Check out this book on Goodreads.
The wildly popular web comic SOPPY–with more than half a million notes on Tumblr–is the illustrated love story of author Philippa Rice and her real-life boyfriend. True love isn’t always about the big romantic gestures. Sometimes it’s about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. 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 and illustrations 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, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us. (Source: Goodreads)
Soppy is a comic, I think originally a webcomic, chronicling a relationship between two artists (according to the page cover Rice and her boyfriend). I can remember first seeing panels of this comic on Tumblr and thinking it was the cutest thing I’d ever seen, I still feel that way now. The comic celebrates the little moments in life and romance which we sometimes overlook and miss out on, but which deserve the most appreciation.
The romance of this comic all stems from the every day. I enjoyed the scenes of the two of them lazing around the house together especially. The book really centers around this and it’s basically the whole book. It was all very sweet and romantic, which was just perfect. I think the most important thing in all of this is that this romance is conveyed in very few words. There isn’t a lot of talking in this comic and yet Rice is able to really fully represent this romance just through the gestures, the style, the colours, everything. The sweetness and the naturalness of the relationship shows through so much and it’s really easy to enjoy and kind of end up desiring.
The style of this comic is quite simple. For the most part it’s built on blank backgrounds, but there are some more detailed settings and landscapes in certain panels which work well. The style is sort of unrefined, less clean than a lot of other comics that I really like, but it works well. It definitely has the quality of an online comic, which serve it well because it makes it easy to share pages and panels with people without having to read the whole book in one sitting. But it also makes reading the book in one sitting super easy too.
I enjoyed the colour palette. It’s basically red, black, and white. That’s all. So it’s very simple and digestible. It’s also really memorable. The colours and contrast stand out and have this very memorable quality which is unique to the comic. So the style is really well defined and contained to the comic, making it very Soppy rather than anything else. I think red and black is also really striking and works really well, especially because red is a colour of romance but its used in this instance for a romance that’s not “in your face” and is more subtle.
I really loved this comic and highly recommend it. I found it sweet, cute, memorable, easy to read, and something I’ll certainly reread. I will definitely be buying this when it comes out.