Dater's Dozen by Melaina


Dater’s Dozen by Melaina is a fun little mini. I really enjoyed this book. It’s the kind of autobio comic I enjoy, personal, friendly and does not take it self too seriously. The art is a nice simplistic style, that at times, is reminiscent of John Porcellino. The story itself, is an engaging journey following Melaina through a series of disastrous dates. The story makes me feel a little old at times, as I forget how painful the awkwardness of attempted courtship could be. I am kind of surprised by the long list of mini comics that she has listed in the back of Dater’s Dozen, but this is the first thing that I have seen by her. I know that she is friends with MariNaomi, and you can see that carry over into this work in the type of story that she is telling. It’s not a direct type of related cartooning, but more like a similar grouping(do I make sense here). In the world of reading autobio comics by dudes, writing about their relationship mishaps, it’s nice to see it from the other side.

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