Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection by Nick Seluk

Read March 2020
Recommended for people who believe in the heart and brain
 ★     ★    1/2

Not sure where I came across this little collection, but I thought I’d check it out from the library before I invested dollars in a purchase or Patreon. Turns out Seluk has a whole little collection about the parts of the body, which sounds like it should be up the medical alley. I ordered it, and when our library shut down without warning, it ended up staying on my dresser for months. However, even now I wouldn’t claim to have read every cartoon in the collection. They’re cute, but they are pretty one-note and forgettable. The premise is straightforward, although rarely explicit: Brain is the thinky one that worries, has a routine, and follows all the ‘shoulds.’ Heart is the butterfly (usually literally), chasing good feelings, living for the moment and trying to enjoy himself. The big blue thing is the Awkward Yeti, who is apparently featured more in other comics, and is likely the alter-ego of the cartoonist.

Funny, right? It’s cute, but honestly unremarkable.













A few of the jokes are physiological, like Heart getting a surprise dose of caffeine.







Most of the rest just seem to be variations on Heart or Brain trying to control/mock/encourage the other to go outside their comfort zone.




At the end of the day, I just don’t work like that. I feel like the brain is the one that sabotages me more than my heart. Want another helping of cookies? Heart doesn’t care, but the Brain is the jerk that talks me into it, promising to make it up later. And Brain is the one that gets distracted with every little butterfly thought that comes through the head, not Heart. Heart keeps working away, doing their thing, while Brain is actually the ping-pong.

So it could be that part of me never bought deeply into the main premise for so many of the jokes. No matter; comics shouldn’t be this forgettable. Brain and Heart agree: I’d be better off re-reading Calvin and Hobbes.

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