Fangs – Review
Happy Werewolf Wednesday, everyone! This week I’d like to talk about a delightful comic collection called Fangs by Sarah Andersen.
Sarah Andersen is perhaps best known for her comic work online, namely the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, in which she details the sometimes horrible but always hilarious truths of being an adult millennial in the modern day. Fangs is something of a departure from his, in both artistic style and in content. Fangs is the story of Elsie (a vampire) and Jimmy (a werewolf) who are determined to give a romantic relationship a try, given all they have in common and in spite of the vast differences between them.
There’s a lot to love here for werewolf fans and vampire aficionados alike, and it’s frankly refreshing to see a story in which these two types of ‘monsters’ aren’t immediately at odds with each other. It makes sense to me that in a world of “normal” humans, monsters would need to stick together. And that’s what Elsie and Jimmy do, even though it’s not always easy to adjust to someone else’s lifestyle or eccentricities. Fancy dinners can be tricky when you have to avoid garlic, and romantic gestures can be harder when you can’t exchange chocolates.
As a romance, Andersen does a stellar job of keeping this otherworldly tale delightfully grounded in the special mundanities that every relationship has to go through and the unique problems that dating a vampire or werewolf would throw up. The art was also just plain gorgeous to look at and I love that you can tell so much from just a single panel on a page. While I feel it’s unlikely, I’d really love another volume of these two crazy creatures figuring out how to have a life together. The continuing adventures of Elsie and Jimmy, yes please!