Not only is Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed one of the greatest comic book titles of all times, but it’s also in my humble opinion a great gateway book for someone looking to get their significant other into reading comics. Now hold on, because usually with a statement like that people assume I’m talking about men getting their girlfriend or wife (and whatever title in-between) into comics. While it could definitely help with that, if there’s interest to begin with, I actually think this is a better book for the female comic reader looking to get her boyfriend or husband (and whatever title in-between) into comics. Yeah most people only think of the struggle one way, but I imagine that it’s just as difficult to get a man into reading comics as it is a woman. Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed is an easy book to sum up, it’s a relationship book. Here’s the catch though, it’s a collection of single page stories that capture a couple’s intimate moments together. It’s all the good moments so don’t expect it to explore the deep and complex relationship between a man and a woman, but rather all those weird strange moments that you don’t actually tell anyone about. You know what I’m fucking talking about so don’t play dumb, we all do it. The weird shit that we say that would be utterly embarrassing out loud in front of other people, but between the two of you it’s a cute and normal moment. Things like, “will you still love me if I wet the bed?” and of course if you’re in a relationship where such questions are asked then you already know the answer to that question. My favorite response to my wife’s strange and bizarre questions is, “Yes, but it will change the dynamic of our relationship forever!” Usually it has something to do with barf, but I’m not here to talk about me.
Liz Prince’s collections of stories are funny as hell and will leave you with a smile on your face. I actually read the book on a plane by myself and it made me want to see my wife all the more. Some of its mature, so of its immature, but all of it’s relatable.
The art is interesting as it doesn’t lend itself to labeling. When I say one page stories that begin and concluded on the page you’d think webcomic or comic strip. Those are the two most common styles of this occurrence, but Prince’s style is a mix of the two. It’s in all black and white, but it isn’t clean and clear like a comic strip. It’s messy and stylized like a webcomic, but Prince leaves in sketch lines and doesn’t conform to typical webcomic styles of oversaturated coloring.
I love the style. I love that the character’s clothing changes and that they wear modern clothing and hair styles. I love that it’s rough and intimate, but then also cartoonish at the same time. The art grabs you as much as the dialogue and humor does.
The collection itself is small; it’s like the size of my hand… which doesn’t help you at all. Okay it’s like 4x6. It’s small and I love small comics. I don’t know why, I just do and this one is a great read which only made me like it more. If you’ve ever been in a cutesy relationship then you’ll like this book… like a lot.
Writer/Artist/Creator: Liz Prince Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Price: $7.00 Website