oh no

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 20 Mar 2019

Member Reviews

oh no it's just a masterpiece in form of comics.  I've been following it for a while now, in it's facebook page and all around the internet. Been saying 'oh no' to anything that slightly inconvenience me because of this comics. So seeing that it was turning into a book I can have in my hands and in my shelf for when I want to just wind up sitting somewhere to read and enjoy some fun comics? Amazing! 

It's a collection of very amazing comics that has you laughing, chuckling or just simply smiling at the humor whenever you are. I read it all in the bus coming home to work, and all you could see was me smiling at the screen of my phone as I read it.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the chance of reading this ARC in exchange of a honest review!
Was this review helpful?
Like a lot of people, I've seen Webcomic Name online but kind of only knew it as the "oh no" comic. These were cute, but like a lot of other webcomic compilations I felt like this got repetitive after a while, especially since the punchline was similar every time. It was nice, but I wouldn't pick this up again and I wouldn't pick up more in the future. I think it's kind of difficult to review because this happens with a lot of webcomic books where people say "Oh, I've liked what I've seen before" but it isn't really enough to constitute a whole book.
Was this review helpful?
Alex Norris's collection from the widely loved Webcomic Name is full of some of the best comics to date and several that have never been seen before. oh no (named for the comic's running gag) is a unique take on "relatable" webcomics, framing daily disappointments in a truly hilarious way. Norris's occasionally absurd art compliments this off-kilter collection perfectly.
Was this review helpful?
Considering the amount of webcomics I seem to come across, I’m surprised I haven’t seen this one before! 

I’ve seen reviews that have called this repetitive, but that’s the joke! It works, and there’s nothing wrong with that, in fact I found myself relating to the little guy through most of the pages. I think for anyone who needs a pick me up (I’ll admit I hadn’t had a very good day when I read this one), this is definitely worth a read - it’s short, it’s quick with the jokes, & it made me laugh a lot, which is always a good sign.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC
Was this review helpful?
The humor of this book hinges on one running gag, that just got really old really quickly. As in, within the first few pages kind of quickly. I didn't think it was clever or funny, and I really don't know who would. Definitely cannot recommend this book.
Was this review helpful?
This was alright. Quite fun and for just three panels a page some of what's in here is really funny. I love the blob and have been seeing it around the internet for a long time.

 I realize that the main theme of this book is "oh no" and it works wonderfully at the beginning and I do find myself laughing, but after a while it loses it's charm no matter how relatable the comic strip is.
Was this review helpful?
Free copy provided by NetGalley
"oh no" is a fun and relatable comic about life, disappointments and laughing at ourselves. I didn't expected to feel so close to the comic in so many levels. The art style is simple, but matches the book's premise.
A very quick read, fun and simple (as life should be, sometimes)
Was this review helpful?
I absolutely love these web comics, so I was happy to see a whole collection was being published!  They're so cute and relatable, especially to a cynic like me.  I loved the book!
Was this review helpful?
Webcomics are a constant on my Facebook feed. Beyond the ones that crop up when my friends or other pages post them, I also follow comics like They Talk and Fowl Language. For me, it is a nice way to replicate newspaper comic strips, while being able to tailor the content specifically to my enjoyment, rather than reading a bunch of comics I don’t like to get to the ones I do. It is fascinating to see publishers like Andrews McMeel picking these webcomics up and publishing them alongside the major newspaper strips. I’d encountered some of the “oh no” gag comics before, and I thought I would give this collection of comics from Webcomic Name a shot.
This is usually where I give a stunningly brilliant tease of the plot. However, given that every single strip is a one-page stand-alone sequence, there isn’t really a way for me give a hint of the overarching plot. What I will say is that each comic is based around the standard three-panel design, and every single one uses “oh no” as the punchline.
Every. Single. One.
As a gag, this lost steam very quickly. What seems funny when it occasionally comes across your newsfeed absolutely struggles when it is presented in large doses. Occasionally some of these wrapped back around to funny, and the collection seemed to find its sweet spot around two-thirds of the way in, but this really doesn’t stand well as a collection. I love reading through collections of Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, or Far Side. They are able to present themselves as a functional unit with diverse strengths. You won’t find that in oh no.
If you are a diehard fan of Webcomic Name and the “oh no” gag, then this collection might work for you. But for casual fans, avoid snagging this book.

Review will be available at the provided link on 3/14/19
Was this review helpful?
A very funny collection of Oh No comics.  Quite funny and have you saying oh no alongside the characters :)
Was this review helpful?
I'm unfamiliar with Alex Norris, and after reading this I'm surprised I've never seen their work before! Extremely relatable and funny, I read this quick, flipping the pages and thinking to myself 'yep. Been there.'

Unique and creative artistic design and well done comics overall. Highly enjoyed! :)
Was this review helpful?
This was a super fun compilation of comics from the popular online comic, Webcomic Name.   This captures so much of the angst that particularly younger people feel in today's culture, from introversion to online behaviors to sex and so much more.  

The author even pokes fun at the style and repetitive nature of the comics by setting up the Table of Contents and Introduction to the collection calling out the running gag inherent in the "oh no" comics.  Despite the necessarily repetitive nature of the gag, I found myself laughing out loud throughout the collection and being taken by surprise at the various ways the author addressed popular culture with the simple use of "oh no." 

Overall, it was a quick and fun read that also served to make you think.  What more could I ask for from a webcomic collection.  Definitely a fun, recommended read.
Was this review helpful?
Not to be for me, unfortunately. I didn't find the jokes very funny or relatable and I couldn't connect with the art style.
Was this review helpful?
I have seen these comics and when I saw that there was a whole book, I had to read it.  I love the illustrations, so simple and so poignantly wry - in a very good way.  Brilliant  in such a few words and 3 simple panels/pictures.  Some of these made me laugh out loud.  I re-read the book and found it just as funny.  Definitely on my to-buy list for gifts for a few family members.
Was this review helpful?
Well, that was unfunny. Instead of actual jokes we are given the outline of a joke, but lacking any specificity, the result is unskilled art and an entire lack of writing. It would be like picking up a novel and just reading the chapter names from the table of contents instead of the actual text.
Was this review helpful?
3.5

This little book of comic strips about a pink blob was much more poignant than I expected which was a pleasant surprise. I vaguely remember seeing some of Norris' webcomics floating around but if I was asked to talk about one then I would be hard pressed to recall any.

The deadpan comedy prevails however, it quickly seems to lose its charm as the content get real repetitive real fast. Which is why the ratings was on the lower level but that won't stop me from following Norris' comic and waiting for new ones to drop.
Was this review helpful?
A series of catastrophes and disappointing experiences fill the pages of this cartoon book about a blob. Not exactly for the inspirational or motivational section at your local bookshop--but obviously, that's the point.. Sorry, we do have a sense of humor but need to pass on this one. Some of the other reviews appear to be much more positive than ours. Perhaps we just didn't get the purpose of the book. It seems to be filled with cartoons for cynics and naysayers (albeit--almost witty at times).
Was this review helpful?
This one was definitely not for me. The running gag was monotonous and actually became tedious within the first fifty pages. I do not understand how the synopsis for this collection could include the word "hilarious."
Was this review helpful?
Alex Norris’s little pink blob has continued to bring me joy on the internet for the last three years. It is so easy to relate to the little pink blob’s struggles, confusions, and efforts and realize, “Yep, that’s me,” and it’s all the more comforting to know that we’re not alone in this thing. oh no is a collection of very self-aware comics that cover an array of life’s topics like shopping, relationships, sadness, and more! The last panel of each comic, generally, depicts the little pink blob disappointedly uttering “oh no” but disappointed is the last thing you’ll be when reading this book.

I have also posted my review to Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.
Was this review helpful?
A book of brightly-coloured one-page comic yucks, where the errant simplicity of everything is a virtue, and where every third and final panel features a quote of the book's title.  I can see the wit involved (the one entitled "Wish" speaks volumes), and the execution offers a lot more variety than I initially feared, but it got too self-referential and I didn't become a fan.  More of a "ho hum" than an "oh well".
Was this review helpful?