Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things!
A Heart and Brain Collection
by Nick Seluk
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 02 May 2023
This book of inspirational and hilarious comics directly addresses the mental health challenges we’ve been through collectively as a species, with specific illustrations and new content that help people feel understood, seen, and encouraged.
Delivered with a humorous but sensitive touch, Onward to Good Things contains short graphic novel elements in three sections to tie together the themes and comics in one continuing short story that will help propel the author's millions of fans—and brand-new readers—toward a brighter and more laugh-filled future.
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A delightful collection of both humorous and heartwarming comics. I have been a fan of Heart & Brain for years and was super excited to see a new collection from Nick Seluk.
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the digital ARC!
I have followed Nick Seluk's Awkward Yeti comics online for a few years and have been a big fan of them. So I was very excited to get an ARC of his latest book, Onward to Good Things. This book is a fun read, with lots of comics about Heart and Brain and various other organs that the Awkward Yeti had to deal with.
I have always loved how relatable the comics are because they talk humorously about issues like anxiety, depression, work and life stresses, and different health issues. What really stood out to me in this comic collection, though, was the way the comics were organized. The comics become progressively more hopeful as you get towards the end of the book and I enjoyed how uplifting that was to read the comics in this way.
Overall, I really enjoyed this comic collection and will most likely buy it when it is published. Onward to Good Things will be a great reading choice to those who enjoy funny and relatable comics about life and the stresses that come with it.
It's the return of Heart and Brain! Okay, not really a return, as they haven't gone anywhere. But it is the latest installment of their graphic novel collection. Onward to Good Things! Contains three different sections, all with a different focus/prompt.
Heart and Brain is a webcomic series, and you've likely seen their comics wandering the web. They're cute, charming, and highly inspirational at times. More importantly, they often help people feel seen, as they portray similar experiences to what we've all been through.
As always, I love Heart and Brain. So obviously, I knew I would adore Onward to Good Things! And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Honestly, in many ways, I feel like this was exactly what I needed to read right now.
Nick Seluk, the mind behind Heart and Brain, does such an excellent job capturing these little moments. They're not quite slice-of-life, but they certainly are relatable. I love that the series has been branching out and including other organs, such as the stomach. So funny!
This comic series is perfect if you need little reminders about the importance of self-care and work-life balance. Or even if you just need a laugh or two. Whatever the reason, please consider picking up Onward to Good Things!
I love the heart and brain comics. I see myself in them especially heart. He is me and we are a hot mess lol
I’m feel like the pandemic started this massive nostalgia flood for a lot of people when it comes to media. Like, online I was seeing so many people talk about rereading and rewatching the books and movies they loved in middle and high school while I was sitting there reading Percy Jackson and and watching the twilight movies.
And then Stephanie Meyer released a new Twilight book and Rick Riordan announced a new Percy Jackson tv series.
How is all this relevant?
I used to share these comics on Facebook when I was high school. One friend and I shared them back and forth with each other constantly we just thought they were the most relatable comics and I think we thought of ourselves as heart and brain but I don’t even remember who we thought was who.
I totally forgot about these comics and honestly probably never would have looked at these characters again but it feels so fitting that this book is coming out of the pandemic and it fits so perfectly into that pandemic fueled nostalgia kick.
I've been a big fan of Nick Seluk's Heart and Brain comics for a while now and this book fully delivered his usual wit, wisdom, and charm. I found myself laughing out loud because of how relatable his comics are. He captures the awkward, authentic, and endearing qualities of being human so well. I also love the personal notes he shares at the beginning of each chapter, connecting even deeper and more vulnerably with the audience.
This book is the perfect balance of sad reality, hilarious relatability, and inspirational hope.
I've been following Heart and Brain for awhile now on Instagram and love them! I was so excited to see this book become available on Netgalley. I loved this comic! I enjoyed the level of comedy it brought and find the content highly relatable. Would highly recommend!
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
I have been an Awkward Yeti fan for years. These Heart & Brain comics connected together with some letters from the author were great to read. Nick Seluk really sends to capture the workings of the mind and heart, taking a full story in sometimes just one panel.
I found myself constantly chuckling or saying "awwww..." and asking my wife to look at what I'd just read.
If you are an Awkward Yeti fan, you are probably already sold (and have you played his card game?). If you aren't, would be a great gift to give to someone who is struggling or moving into a new phase in their life (graduation season is coming up!).
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. #HeartandBrainOnwardtoGoodThings #NetGalley #AwkwardYeti
Thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley, for the copy of Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things!
I'm always obsessed with this type of illustration. I first stumbled upon this illustration on Instagram, and always like the storyline. It's short but has a punch to it. Lots of time, it's related to what I have been struggling with, and it feels nice to feel seen. It's fun and hilarious but also touches on mental health, how we need help following the logic or our feeling, a kind of everyday struggle. These simple yet valuable illustrations make me feel understood, seen and encouraged.
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. All opinions are my own.
I have been following Heart and Brain on Facebook for a long while. I think their page is my most shared one. So I was very excited to be able to review this book. It didn't disappoint, that's a lie.... the lack of gallbladder and it's stones made me sad.
Funny and positive comics that both your brain and heart will love.
I follow the artist on social media and I always find their comic panels hilarious, while being charming. The dynamic between heart and brain is adorable
Heart and Brain is so funny, I was so excited to read this comic and was not disappointed!
Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
I love heart and brain. They, along with the other organs, never let me down. They’re always a good laugh and they’re relatable. I love it.
This compilation of comics is slightly different from Nick Seluk's usual, he inserts a little more of himself here. And while I feel like reading these comics tells us so much about his thoughts, fears, and personality (and internal organs), it was really nice to see him insert more of his humanity in this one.
And honestly. If you don't adore his comics, you're a robot and we need to check your oil levels.
I've been following Nick's work for years and have always related deeply to his comics. This collection is no different. In fact, this one feels even deeper than some of the others, given what he went through and how he grappled with the consequences of some of his actions. It's a good balance of funny and insightful. There are several panels that I wanted to share with people and say "see? This is exactly what it feels like!" It's not exactly a book that makes me happy, but it makes me feel less lonely. It's a quick read and it gives you quite a bit to think about. Definitely recommend it.
When I first started seeing some of this authors comics of Heart and Brain I couldn't get enough. Super awesome to have them in book form. I love the way the author takes real issues like mental health and emotions and gives them a voice and image. I also love how each organ has each own personality. Some of these are way to real like the tongue bulling everyone into wanting foods. I would truly love to see a comic with a lactose intolerant person's organs represented.
Would recommend to anyone who loves humor and serious topics addressed.
Another excellent collection by Nick Seluk. There were so many pages in this one I wanted to share with my middle schoolers who deal with depression, loneliness, and anxiety. I can't wait to buy a copy or two to share with them, so they can see they aren't alone and that there is truly a light at the end of it all. I imagine I'll have lots of the comics hanging on my office wall. Wonderful, wonderful collection!
Thanks to Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The illustrations were adorable and surprisingly identifiable to how most of us have been feeling these past few rough years.
I know personally that I am still dealing with the depression and anxiety of the past 4 years and my heart and mind really don't like eachother much. But this collection by Nick Seluk shows we are not alone and there will be a time our brain and heart will agree that a brighter future is possible.
Highly recommended to at least make you smile for a few hundred pages.
Thanks to @netgalley for the opportunity to read this eArc in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
This was such an amazing comic! I have seen this all over social media, and when I noticed a netgalley arc for it, I had to swoop in!
Nick tackles sensitive topics with lightness, straight forwardness, and cuteness. His little personal letters throughout touched my heart as a reader, although (I’m not sure if it was a formatting issue) there were many typos in them. That was distracting, but his message was clear. Heart and Brain obviously steal the show featuring other parts of the body, telling a battle of wills within reality. It’s imaginative and creative and thoroughly enjoyable. Loved it!
This book is funny and relatable while also being sweet. These comics are not meant to be entertaining but honest and emotional. If you follow the Awkward Yeti online this is very on brand.
Pretty much all the sections and comics focus on mental health and self-love, so keep that in mind. However, it's not a self-help book as much as a companion if you are going through the same.
Overall, it's a great reading experience even if a little repetitive sometimes.
I have been following this author for many years! His comics got me through undergrad and graduate school when I wanted to relax and not study anymore. I was a biology major so I always told myself it was relevant to what I was studying anyways. Sometimes his comics actually related to the topic I was studying and it helped me memorize my material better. I enjoyed reading his full book and it definitely brought me back to the days when I was cramming for school.
I really enjoy how relatable this book is for the struggle of mental health, but is not heavy because of the hilarious comics and inspirational aspects.
Thanks to NetGalley, Nick Seluk, and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this Advanced Reading Copy.
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things has, as it says on the cover, heart. The short comics are all funny and relatable while also being sweet and heartfelt. While I am someone who has not followed the Awkward Yeti, I have been aware of the Heart and Brain comics for a few years now and have always enjoyed the comics that I’ve seen in the past. I would recommend this to anyone; if you’re someone who follows the Awkward Yeti, someone who’s never heard of the Heart and Brain comics, or somewhere in the middle like me.
It was a funny and tender book. The characters and the significance of the brain and heart make a wonderful dynamic pair.
100% recommended for a sweet, cute and funny time.
I would give this book a million stars if I could! I see so much of myself in these comics. Heart and brain are the ultimate duo!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing!
Thank you for approving me for this book! It was just what I needed. I saw myself in a lot of the comics and enjoyed my read. Would definitely recommend to friends. And I want a physical copy, so adding that to my wish list.
A lighthearted collection of comics about dealing with anxiety and general self care. I liked how Nick Seluk related Heart’s and Brain’s struggles to his own personal journey. He added depth to the jokes and showed readers that things really do get better, even if it doesn’t currently feel like they will.
I have been following Seluk for a few years on Instagram and his posts never fail to make me smile. I love being able to have his book as a new addition to my library.
This was such a cute, funny and relatable journey that I think we can all see ourselves in. Change is scary. Going after your dreams and passions is scary, especially when you don’t have a safety net. But it can also be so rewarding. What a delightful comic! Cant wait to get into the rest of this series!
An adorable anthology of one of the cutest comics I have seen.
Definitely perfect for a gift, or something to flip through when you're wanting something a little softer and cuter.
I have absolutely fell in love with Nick Seluk's Heart and Brains comics. I remember seeing these occasionally on Facebook all the time and I just love how funny and adorable they are. I feel like each one of the comics is almost exactly what goes on in my brain and maybe many others when it comes to wanting to follow your heart but your brain says think again. While they are short and simple, each comic is so hilarious when it comes to saying what are brains and hearts are actually saying. I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves little comics from upcoming cartoonists and just lovers of punny/amusing comedy.
I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. First off let me say I have already followed Nick Seluk and the Heart and Brain and Friends for a long time. That being said I was super stoked to get picked to review the new book before it was published. It took me over a month to read this not because I did not love it but because I wanted to enjoy little bursts of amazing comics. So that is what I did. I really enjoy his honesty in these and how the comics are so relatable. If you haven't read more by this author definitely do that soon!a
I love the Heart and Brain comics and am happy to say this one didn’t disappoint. I relate so much to these characters and cannot recommend these comics enough.
The "Heart and Brain" comics are always whimsical truths about life. Each book has something to love, and this volume is no different. Nick Seluk continues to bring openness and honesty through the lives of his "vital" characters. They present the realities of what all of us struggle with on a daily basis in light-hearted, yet poignant ways. In each comic, the reader will find something that resonates, humors, and challenges.
I admit to loving The Awkward Yeti and following the (mis)adventures of Heart and Brain regularly, so this collection is an ideal book to use for both enjoyment and to break up more stressful reading, or whatever else I need breaks from.
Some of the comics speak a little less to me than others, but that is to be expected. That said, what makes them so popular is that they highlight things that most of us can relate to. So the ones that connect, which is the vast majority, almost feel like they were written for me. I imagine many other readers feel the same.
I would recommend this to any reader who likes to have a light but not meaningless book at hand for those moments you simply need something different. This is also a great gift, a gift of humor is usually welcome.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things! is a hilarious collection of comics depicting the battle between brain and heart (with some cameos from other body parts!) This collection of comics is a relatable representation of real-life scenarios like work-life balance, anxiety, self-care, and much more.
I just love social media comic strips, ok?
Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I felt seen and I loved it!
Illustrations are simple but cute and they're perfect for these sarcastic scenarios. Many of them, I swear, happen in my mind every day. It was so funny to read my exact thoughts (I should say "internal fights") and I spent a lot of time smiling and giggling on those pages.
I hope people will give this book a try: it's a very well deserved 4-stars.
ARC was given by NetGalley & Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This review is being published before the release date (May 2, 2023)
Content/Trigger Warnings: Depictions of mental illness, depictions & mentions of anxiety, depictions of depression
Wow, this book hit me right in my feels and think meat. There were so many panels in this comic book that hit close to home and some panels such as Heart fighting the trigger dragon, that were so relatable. Actually, I think this is one of the most relatable comic collections I've read so far. Though I'm not new to Seluk's work, this is my first time reading anything of his in a bind-up collection. I really enjoy Seluk's work because there's so many important topics being discussed like mental health.
Speaking of mental health, this was such a great collection to show that progress isn't linear especially when it comes to our mental health. How change can be scary and can have a huge impact on our mental health. I think this collection speaks volumes that to anyone who has any mental illness or just starting out on their journey, helping their mental health. Seluk's way of bringing to life a tug-o-war between Heart and Brain is such a cute, yet accurate way to show that this is how we feel and experience things sometimes. And by the end of the book, it was nice to see how all the time, effort, and love was put in, we see Heart and Brain somewhat on the same wave length as each other. You just know that even if things don't feel okay right now, they will get better and you will get on that path to better things.
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and the topics it was addressing. I think this is such a fast pace read that addresses really important topics like work, mental health, and balance. If you're someone who finds themselves looking for discussions of mental health or looking for a new comic collection to fall in love with, then give this collection a chance! I had a lot of fun and as I mention, I always enjoy the panels the author put out!
Being a huge fan of the comic strip this was a great book. Nice coffee table read and I would recommend to anyone looking for a little laugh at the end of a busy day. Heart and brain accurately demonstrates what goes on inside someone's mind.
I’ve never felt so scene as I do within the world of Heart and Brain. How often I’ve felt or experienced many of the things these two are going through. Nick Seluk recreates many typical daily life moments in a humorous way that lets us know we are not alone in these moments. I would recommend this book to everyone. It was such a fun read that had me giggling to myself. I am plans in the near future to check out some of the other books in the series.
Cute! If you like the online comic, then this will be your cup of tea. It's funny to see our emotions represented as little characters, it helps put things in perspective and laugh at the weirdness of the human brain.
And I learned a good lesson: if I keep trying to better myself, then at what point do I actually stop and relish in the person I actually am? Thanks for the reminder!
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things! is a hilarious and lighthearted comic about the fight between the brain and the heart. This comic is divided into three sections with added comments by the author.
I’ve seen heart and brain comics on social media, and they always make me laugh. This comic is funny and relatable; the heart wants something, your brain wants something, and the tongue wants something else. Several organs made brief appearances.
The heart desires to be adventurous and playful, whereas the brain desires to be responsible and mindful before making any choice.
The comic has touched upon topics like anxiety, work-life balance, stress, self-care, going forward, etc. All of these are shown hilariously.
I liked the illustration; it was catchy and simple.
I would highly recommend this comic.
You probably know that these comics depict all the things the Heart and the Brain (and other organs) don’t agree upon. Truth being told, it’s hilarious and accurate at most of times ‘cause sometimes we want to follow our reckless, adventurous heart, but the mind tells us to be more thoughtful at making choices, which isn’t always the best option.
In this new comic compilation, we see the Tongue always craving for sweet food, and the Lungs trying not to be sick since the person doesn’t exercise regularly, lol.
To me, most of them were relatable situations and it ended up with a nice view of life: how we can and should find a middle ground for both Heart and Brain. Worrying and being anxious about the past and the future might stop you from fully living your life, so that’s when you gotta listen to you guts and your heart and just try to sit back and relax, enjoy the little things like a walk in the park or just having fun with your loved ones.
I know adulating is hard and we don’t really help our case by being anxious, but some cases are treatable and sometimes you just gotta accept what you have and move on. Some things will always hurt and we will probably never understand them but at least you can feel them, accept them and move on. Overcome that ache and start life anew.
I love Heart and Brain comics as long as I've seen one on social media. This hilarious collection is extremely more precious to me as a reader because the author of this book leans into the topics of mental health even more than the former volumes. Seeing them talk openly about their adhd and anxiety before jumping into the comics made the comics even more relatable. This book is for you if you just wanted a little laugh or a pick me up. This book is also for you if you wanna just stare at a page of comics and feel represented. Ultimately, this book is for you if you want to keep going with flowers of hope growing in your heart. And brain. Because that's what this book is about.
Truly, special thanks to Netgalley for this advanced reading copy.
I've seen these comics on social media before and was super excited to be approved to read this. It was just what I envisioned it would be and it is super cute and totally relatable. I will definitely be being a copy of it!
Thank you for the EArc Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing. Heart and Brain is full of reminders for those of us who may be more neurotic in life and have some anxiety about every day things. I could really relate to most of the topics in this book and I really enjoyed the illustrations. Quick, laugh out loud funny read. Being as this was my introduction to Heart & Brain will be seeking out the others in the series.
THANKS TO NETGALLEY FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
This heart and brain series is so relatable. Loved it.
I enjoyed this set of comics featuring the heart & the brain! It’s relatable & a novel way to feel a little less alone if you struggle like we all do from time to time.
If you are at all familiar with The Awkward Yeti or Heart and Brain, you will love this book. If you're not familiar, it might seem odd at first; a comic about a heart and brain? Huh? Just wait. Give it a chance. I promise it's worth it.
The way Heart and Brain (and all the others of course) balance each other out makes this comic extremely relatable to most anyone, especially anyone who suffers from over thinking, anxiety, wanting to rush into things without thinking..... All the things that make humans, well, human.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest and unbiased review. That is what you are going to get!
I do not follow Nick Seluk on social media, but every once in a while one of the 4 panel comics will pop on my feed and I will laugh and/or cry at the relatability of what the heart and brain are battling with. This books illuminated so much about the struggles Nick Seluk deals with and how he rationalizes the relationship between not only his heart and brain, but many of his organs that can and do effect his mental health in one way or another. I was reading this at night and was cackling away which led to waking up my angry roommates, but ti was totally worth it. It was healing in many ways in that I felt seen by the comics which was enough to make me cry, but I was laughing as well because I had never imagined the battle being as humorous as the comic make them out to be.
I liked the way that the books was divided with different "themes" and the coordinating comics that related to the theme as well as the intro to each theme. The intros themselves were very real and made it clear that Seluk struggles but has to find humor in the horrible. Very much making light of what many would think should not be made light, especially in such a flippant manner, but it was soothing and brought me piece in a way that I was not expecting. Funny and uplifting read!
This was so cute and I was laughing the whole time. I could relate to almost all of the comics and it really brightened my day. I would love to see some more of these!
I’ve enjoyed the Heart and Brain series, and this book is no exception. But this book feels heavier to me. It’s always funny how the heart and brain want different things, and the author has captured that in the past. But a lot of this book I felt like they were both just…bewildered. Don’t get me wrong, that is super-relatable; it’s just a little heavier to read.
It did end on a more positive note, which I appreciated.
In all, an enjoyable book with unique perspectives - would recommend to anyone.
This book resonates with those of us who fight a daily battle between what our hearts want and what our brains says we need, but does so with gentle humor. Each comic is relatable and made me smile.
This is a really great collection. It's a nice balance of older comics and new ones that haven't been posted online before. I really enjoyed the little messages from Nick and the glimpse into his thoughts and life. He posts a bit about his life on social, but it was nice to see a bit more.
I think this would be great for anyone who is struggling with life changes or going through a difficult period mentally or emotionally. It's also great for Heart and Brain fans who will enjoy the new comics and for hose who are learning about these characters for the first time.
Anyone who has ever experienced challenges with their mental health will find Seluk's collection of comics deeply relatable. What's great about this book is that it takes a nuanced topic like mental health and makes it so accessible - it's hard to believe anyone would be put off from its topic once you meet its characters. The brain and heart make a dynamic duo (and the tongue and intestines as well). I found myself wanting to share so many panels that made me feel seen.
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy via NetGalley.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
At time it may have caused me to be a little teary eyed as it hit a little too close to home but for the most part there were lots of smiles and one or two laugh out loud comics. I can completely relate to heart. Down with responsibilities!!!!!!!!!!!
I follow the Awkward Yeti and was really happy to get an ARC of this book.
If you also follow them on social media, you'll realize that you've seen many of these before too. It was nice, however to get a chuckle from them again. If you have depression, anxiety, and/or low self-esteem, you'll find many of these relatable. Many of these are laugh-out-loud funny, others are more heart wrenching, and some will make you think. The author also has a one-page introduction for each part, as well as a short intro to the book which were also relatable. I would recommend this to anyone, really. Whether you're a fan or are just discovering heart, brain, and the rest.
My appreciation to Andrews McMeel, author Nick Seluk, and NetGalley for gifting me a digital copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
Loved every page and every cartoon, so heartwarming and earthy. Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy.
I love the Awkward Yeti, and this collection did not disappoint! I enjoyed the humorous comic strips the most, and felt like it did get a little overly mushy/self-help feel on some parts... but covid was a weird time and I can see how that period influenced this collection.
I've read some of the other Heart and Brain books and enjoyed them, so I knew I would enjoy this one.
This was a fine graphic novel. It explores life in a humorous but sensitive way. It is relatable. It was nice to read something more personal from the author. He explores anxiety and depression. The author also urges his readers to be more kind to themselves. I think if you want something to read between heavier books, you should pick it up.
I love the heart and brain comics so much. They are cute and relateable! Heart and brain are so loveable and the comics bring so much light to experiences everyone goes through.
I have been a fan of Nick's Awkward Yeti persona for years, especially the Heart and Brain comics. My husband is 100% Brain, so it's a good thing he has me 100% Heart to balance him out and keep him fun! Heart and Brain are probably the cutest most accurate anthropomorphized organs ever, I also get a real kick out of gallbladder he's just doing his best and no one appreciates it!
But seriously Nick has an amazing ability to tap into our more complex emotions; depression, anxiety, worthlessness, and making you feel less and validated for feeling that way. This new collection of comics does just that once again and it is truly some of my favorite reading I've done this year.
This is a joyful book that takes the complexity of listing to your heart and/or your head in comic form. Nick Seluk continues to entertain while tapping into human emotion. You will find your self with in these pages.
Heart and Brain are at it again in Onward to Good Things. I’ve seen a lot of these comics before but that’s because I’m a fairly loyal Instagram follower of Nick. The self sabotage comics in particular really resonated with me and the battle of tongue vs stomach always makes me giggle.
“Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things” is a delightful collection of comic strips. I already knew some of Nick Seluk’s work, but that was my first time seeing it in book format and I loved every single page. The written texts in the beginning of each section were great additions to the comic experience. It’s easy to see that the content of these comics is taken from real life experiences and feelings. Life is complicated and conciliating what our brains and hearts wants is a difficult task, so it’s refreshing to see relatable and often complex experiences being shown in a humorous and lighthearted way.
Thank you NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book.
I've been a long time fan of Awkward Yeti on Instagram. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed it from cover to cover and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
A huge thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Heart and Brain are back, and more socially awkward and anxious than ever before!
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things! by Nick Seluk is a graphic novel that follow the many (anxiety ridden) adventures of a heart and brain. From existential crises to straight up escapism, Heart and Brain are an adorable duo that totally won't make you literally rewire your entire thinking process on account of how gullible you are.
I have read and love all the other comics of Heart and Brain, and I'm absolutely thrilled to see that there is plenty more to be published.
While Heart and Brain have been amongst my favorite all time comics for ages now, this particular book really struck me as being so important for EVERYONE to see. The first section, called "Anxiety" really drives home the struggle between the two and the strain we all put on ourselves and our bodies daily.
I read this book in one sitting, and wow. I laughed; I felt seen. It’s so comforting to be reminded that being human is a universal experience. And what a treat to see my brain and my heart as cute little babies who just don’t know better and can’t help the way they are. I feel more connected to humanity and more endearing towards myself after reading this.
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things! by Nick Seluk is a sweet, inspirational comic book that has adorable characters and real life impact. The Heart and Brain characters are so relatable and I love that the comics address, mental health and real life issues with humor and hope. This is a great book and I hope that the illustrator and author makes many more.
I've been seeing pieces of this comic online for ages and absolutely love it! it's cute and hilarious, has a simple way of explaining anxiety and other mental health issues in easy to understand ways while also remaining light hearted and fun to read.
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things! by Nick Seluk was such and enjoyable read. Through short comic strips, big truths are revealed about priorities, self-doubt, life challenges, in such a fun way! I would suggest this book to everyone, and especially my students at the university, since it can make the readers reflect on so many things about themselves, and help them grow.
I love reading these online and I loved looking through this book as well. Seluk has a way or really reaching you and being able to relate to you through his comics.
Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!
I have been a fan of Nick Seluk for some time and absolutely love the Awkward Yeti and can relate to Heart and Brain on soo many levels. I was so excited to have a collection of these comics all together in one place. I've already read through it twice and bookmarked my favorite comics to be able to look back at them regularly.
Thank you to Netgalley, Nick Seluk, and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
If you are familiar with Nick Seluk's Awkward Yeti instagram account, this wickedly smart and sweet book with come as no surprise. The illustrations are darling, but the jokes and punchlines are thoughtful and incisive. There are a lot of pages that I empathized and identified that made me laugh even more. The focus of many of the pages are a bit heavier than a typical comic, but they are all handled authentically and respectfully while still adding the quirk of humor.
The addition of the author's personal journey to different sections was an interesting addition that really brings home the personal nature of the topics as well as the humanity and vulnerability we all share.
A warm hearted fun read that I think will appeal to a lot of people.
It's funny - how do you rate a comic book?
Well, I suppose!
I'm fairly familiar with the comics from Awkward Yeti so seeing a chance to read the collection early was delightful, but also very touching. The comics are of course funny and relatable, but there were enough that were actually saying something in a cute funny way that cut kind of deep!
Both Brain and Heart had good points lol.
Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for a chance to read this for an honest review.
I found the heart and brain comics on Instagram a few months ago and love them. They are just so funny and cute!
The artistic style is great, eye catching and detailed.
As someone who tends to over analyze and stress I found those sections hilarious and relatable.
Although he didn’t show up much this book I just love the gallbladder, he’s my favorite!
This is definitely a great book for those who want to have a few laughs and look at some adorable comics.
**Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Nick starts off with a little introduction about himself and how creating these comics was a form of therapy for him. He had taken a look at his life and realized that there were things he needed to change and figure out. The fact that he has anxiety is a big part of everything, and the comics right after the introduction are about what happens when we listen only to our heart or only to our brain: one alone is not the answer, and Heart and Brain need to work together to create a balance.
The collection is divided up into three parts: Anxiety Machine, Growing Pains, and Onward to Good Things, about which Nick says, "I am an anxiety machine who has been through major growing pains, and I'm looking onward to good things." For the most part, the comics aren't funny in a way that will make you laugh, but they are relatable, especially to those who also have anxiety like me. I saw a lot of myself in Brain - always overanalyzing everything, worrying about the past, the present, and the future. But, I also related a lot to Tongue and the amount of unhealthy choices he makes when it comes to food. Depression will do that to you. Along with Brian, Heart, and Tongue, some other organs make an appearance such as Bowels, Fat, Lungs, Stomach, and Teeth. And, it wouldn't be a party without Anxiety and Negative Thoughts!
Near the end, Nick discusses his reluctance at first to ask for help or take medication that might make things better, and after eventually doing both of those things, realized he did have control over his life after all. I didn't expect this kind of inspiration in a comic collection, but I was pleasantly surprised. The artwork is also very cute and well-done. Thank you for bringing some light to this crazy life.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
I've seen Brain and Heart comics online before and they have always been so relatable. This is an entire book of relatable scenarios viewed in a humorous way. As much as I love Heart and Brain, Tongue stole the show- "haggis casing". Love this book so much!
I follow this artist on Instagram and was so excited to see them come out with another book! The full-color photos really pop and reading this book of comics is definitely eye-catching. Taking the human organs and using them to show the emotions often associated with them is a clever way to make the reader really think what is my brain, heart, or stomach really telling me- in a literal sense. A lot of the situations the characters/body parts are put into are realistic and provide a connection that made me laugh and sympathize with. The heart and brain as best-frenemies provided comedic turns but also thought-provoking ideas that lends this fun comic book a deeper-level of entertainment.
The Heart and Brain comics are so important! This collection of The Awkward Yeti's drawings are as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking. So many of us have seen ourselves in Seluk's art and I'm so glad that he was willing to open up and share his hardships with anxiety and ADHD with readers. This latest installment of his comics is great! I truly enjoyed every page and felt so seen. I highly recommend this to everyone who has ever felt that their own heart and brain are at odds.
This was a fun and relatable set of comics about the interaction of our rational and emotional sides. It was great.
Very cute and relatable collection of Heart and Brain comics. The comics were loosely grouped into sections, which helped tie the comics together across theme. These were very relatable, and I think anyone who enjoys Seluk's style will like this!
"What if it's all going to be okay?"
This was a wonderful read. I know the author's works and comics from different social media sites and enjoy them and I enjoyed this collection just as much.
The comics were heartwarming and hopefully yet felt funny and relatable at the same time, and I'm sure many will feel the same. I especially liked the structure of the three part act and the author's comments and personal feelings added along the way. You can tell he poured a lot of himself into this. It touched many topics of mental health and well-being.
The art style is the same one as in previous books, but it still works very well. It's difficult to pick a favourite disjointed organ, but the spleen cameo was hilarious.
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I thought this was a super cute book. The illustrations were great too. I would recommend this to anyone for a quick fun read.
This is the feel good pick me up I think we all need right about now! If you are familiar with the Heart and Brain comics, this book offers up a lot of them in one place, organized into three sections (Anxiety Machine, Growing Pains, and Onward to Good Things) that each begin with a foreword from the author/iillustrator.
Clever, witty, heart-felt, relatable, uplifting, sarcastic, funny, and at times profound, these comics address the topics of mental health, anxiety, self-doubt, uncertainty, hope, gloom, and more. I highly recommend this book for anyone needing a positive little boost to their day.
Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for gifting me with an ARC to review. I enjoyed it!
I follow @theAwkwardYeti on Instagram and knew I had to read this collection of Heart and Brain comics. There was so much relatable content in a humorous way.
Thank you NetGalley, Nick Seluk, and Andrews McMeel Publishing for an eARC of this book! All opinions were my own.
I love these little cartoons! They are so wise, poignant, and timely. Nick Seluk, once again, hits the nail on the head. Recommended!
If you have seen the Heart and Brain comics on social media, then this cute little comic will make your day. Join Heart and Brain as they move side by side onward to good things. It’s sure to make you smile and laugh.
A cute book of comics about mental health, social anxiety, and growing up. #HeartandBrainOnwardtoGoodThings #NetGalley
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for the eARC!
I've loved Nick Seluks Awkward Yeti comics for years and Heart and brain are some of my favorite characters.
This one deals with some pretty serious subjects but does it in a way that's so charming and relatable.
Did not forget to be kind to yourself.
Such fun. This is just a favorite comic of mine and it makes me smile and laugh every single time. The heart and the brain along with other body parts have the most fun but also are insightful and heartfelt too.
Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things is a collection of comics from the popular creator of The Awkward Yeti series and the Heart and Brain series. A majority of the book focuses on mental health in a relatable but lighthearted way. The book is broken down into 3 sections but the comics can be read individually.
I have followed Nick Seluk’s work for some time. I enjoy the balance of humor he brings to more serious topics. The style of his illustrations is simple but effective. I own several of his books, including the children’s ones, and look forward to adding this one to my collection once it is released.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing!
I have always found Nick Seluk's comics to be funny and relatable, which they continue to be, but what makes this particular collection stand out is that it also feels very personal. Seluk is honest about the hard times he had due to COVID lockdowns and his personal life and it reflects the themes and message of the comics. There are a couple of dark ones in there, but the vast majority is all about being kinder to yourself and looking at things in a more positive light. I loved that about it.
The art is a bit wobbly at times, not as clear lined and detailed as it sometimes looks online, but you can feel the emotions in the strips and that's the main point.
Delighted thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the shot of happy endorphins this book gave me!
Well these are just incredibly relatable. The internal clashes, the despondency over world events/the news, anxiety, things just going wrong.
I feel these. A lot.
And I bet a lot of other people do too.
I have been following Heart and Brain’s adventures for years and they never fail to entertain me. This book is a collection of quirky, funny and relatable real-life situations that will make you smile, giggle and shake your head at your own silliness.
Anyone can recognize themselves in these, and our own quirks are turned into hilarious comic strips. What makes it so fun to read even though it touches on some very serious subjects such as depression and anxiety, is the fact that the organs being the characters makes it possible to break down the situations and get some perspective.
This book gives us fun AND the very important message that as long as you’re kind and patient with yourself, it’s okay to struggle to find balance between your heart and your brain.
A great set of comics, with a really touching theme. I appreciated Nick's honesty in tackling some of the more difficult topics of growing up and getting older, not only through the comics, but the intros to each section. They added extra humanity to the book.
Cute and hilarious comics about daily life situations. Very relatable. Would recommend to everyone! I look forward to reading more Heart and Brain comics.
Heart and Brain content makes up the majority of my social media recommendations, simply because it is adorable and relatale. It is funny, quirky, and also tells us things about us that we don't really think about through simply illustrations. I can't help but smile at everything in this book, and highly recommend it.
Thank you Netgalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing and Nick Seluk for letting me read:
“Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things!
A Heart and Brain Collection”
I love the Heart and Brain comic strips. They are so fun and lighthearted - no pun intended!
I love the Humor between these two and how you can see that it’s taken from real life situations. The illustrations are kept simple but they work very well. The colors are popping and draw your attention.
The topics he touches with his illustrations are really important. Work. Balance. Anxiety. Stress. Mental health… the list is long. But it’s done with Humor and love. There are some larger bits of texts explain hour anxiety and so on. It’s all done in such an uplifting way.
I especially loved the bit about having to sleep and the brain counting the minutes… that’s… so me!
At the end of the book, you can’t help it but smile…. Everything is going to be great…. Until it isn’t. 😂
Although this is not my first exposure to Nick Seluk's humor and heart/brain comics, it is my first set that is together in one book. AND IT'S GREAT! I love this compilation just as much as his funny updates and little strips I see on-line. I always love his humor between the heart and brain! Nick Seluck is the perfect perspective and voice to help me find the humor in myself and the little quirks of my heart wanting one thing and my brain knowing better. I love that he touched on topics like anxiety, work life/balance, self care and even forgiving yourself (and finding the homor in your own flaws). It's a great mix of funny but also loving and I must admit I'd missed this little heart and brain and loved spending the evening enjoying their little world.
A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.
I love Heart and Brain so much! This was a great collection of their comics and so real on what anxiety is like. Love!!
I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yet again the author and artist has succeeded in conveying important messages through, what look like amusing comics on the surface, but signify much more. I feel remarkably seen and it's almost comforting to see how even successful adults (oops, I'm an adult too) deal with such indecision and anxiety. It's healing and like a warm hug to see these fluffy looking organs talking about what goes on in our heads all the time. Don't get me wrong it's not self help doom and gloom at all, there is resolution and like the title suggests, we do move on to good things! It's hilarious and will make you spit out your drink even at times, but seeing just how ridiculous all of us feel at times is lovely by itself
I have been reading Heart and Brain for a while now so seeing a book about it is wonderful. I am still so amazed as to how much it makes me laugh but how much it might educate!
I always delight in this series that manages to deal with very serious topics like anxiety and physical ailments in a funny and engaging manner.
I love this series on Instagram and this collection didn't disappoint either. I like how relatable the four panel strips are and enjoy the little puns (on book covers etc.). It is a fun, wholesome read , which though can be finished quickly in one-sitting, is best consumed slowly and periodically.
Thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley, for the copy of Heart and Brain: Onward to Good Things!
I have followed the artist on Instagram for a while now, and these comics always make my day. I love the dynamic between the heart and the brain, and the other organs. This collection tackled topics that really resonated with me in such a humourous and fun way.
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