The Sad Ghost Club started out as a zine but I hadn’t heard of it until I saw this graphic novel, detailing a day in the life of a sad ghost.
It’s quite adorable, maybe aimed at a middle grade age but can be appreciated by anyone who has felt like a sad ghost, myself included. SG suffers from social anxiety. They just want to fit in and have fun like anyone else, so why is it so hard?
SG accepts an invitation to a party then immediately regret it, filled with anxiety about what will happen. I can totally relate. I find the longer I have to think about a social thing, the more I worry about it, even if I enjoy myself in the end.
SG meets another sad ghost, one who suffers from depression, and we find out that more people feel like a sad ghost than you might think.
I’m a big fan of ink and water on textured paper so I loved the style and I think black and white suited the tone. I usually prefer colour but this didn’t need it.
You can find out more about The Sad Ghost Club and buy merchandise on their website. Because I’m doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge as “Read Not Much Harder” I’m going to tick off “a book that demystifies a common mental illness” even though I didn’t need it demystifying.
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