Recommended Read: Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
Since this month’s blog theme is healing, I couldn’t think of a better comic to recommend. It’s the most gentle, affirming expression of the beauty of the human expereince without (really) a human in sight. It takes a feeling we all know: loneliness and gives it, and other similar themes, expression, inquiry, and an okay-ness that transcends its neutral-leaning definition.
Friendship. Melancholy. Comfort. Animals. Aliens. And a lot of adorably misspelled words. Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too almost doesn’t feel like a comic. Instead, it feels like a series of lessons we all need reminding of: Finding joy in sadness… That it’s okay to feel different. Because ultimately: everyone is an alien. So really, in a very metaphysical way: everyone is the same.
Lin-Manuel Miranda put it best:
“Jomny Sun’s incredible writing knocks you to the floor, breathless, then scoops you up and gives you a kiss where it hurts before it occurs to you to cry. Read this book only if you want to feel more alive.”
The most inspiring thing Jomny Sun shows us is how making a comic about experiences and beliefs can be done without pushing a certain way of being on its reader…that, I believe is why the book has such a great effect. See this as proof: the most relatable characters don’t have to be human or creatures we’ve seen IRL. Emotions aren’t delivered in a set form. Connection, in this case, is created with truth and wanting to tell a story that has the power to make people feel better. Or, like Jomny the alien: feel at home.
👽 Read the first 33 pages of Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too here (courtesy of HarperCollins.)