In Uglyfat, Cathy Hannah chronicles her childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood that lead to her eating disorder. Starting at an early age, Cathy has received a relentless and harsh message from peers and popular culture: you’re not pretty enough, and you’re too fat. Even within cultures one might expect acceptance for being “different,” like punk music, art school or roller derby teams, Cathy often felt like the odd one out, until she stopped eating, and started obsessively exercizing.
Cathy tackles self esteem issues, and societal expectations of beauty head on, not making excuses for anyone, not even herself. Uglyfat paints a complex picture of how we are all perpetrators and victims of societal standards of beauty, and how much we strive to feel included, but often feel like we’re trapped on the outside. Cathy’s deft cartooning, honest storytelling, and a peppering of humor keep you turning pages until you crash into the end of the comic.