Heart Farts is a collection of autobiographical comic essays that reflect on life, companionship, and purpose.
Cara Bean’s comics move from silly -dreams her mom has had about New England Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady- to somber -how scattering the ashes of a friend’s dog forces her to confront with the passing of her own dog a few years before. In the middle of the anthology (and in the middle of the mood-spectrum), Cara makes a comic for her students, encouraging them to adopt a philosophy of work-flow to make them enjoy and value her art class. This tutorial on “Flow” can be applied to any task!
Rebecca Viola writes (and her husband, Jason draws) comics about how easy it is to hide behind your profession as a reason for being, how making bento box lunches for Jason’s coworkers is a way of connecting, and meditations on how cats totally have it figured out. Each comic is funny and insightful at the same time!
This three-person anthology is like Rebecca’s bento box, a creative collection of enjoyable short comics of varying moods and flavors. Most of these stories are specific examples of relatable larger themes: the balance between work and life, the balance within work and passions, companionship, loss, and connecting with others. Each story makes you pause and reflect on your own life.