Book Review: Heart and Brain – An Awkward Yeti Collection (Nick Seluk)

Book Review: Heart and Brain – An Awkward Yeti Collection (Nick Seluk)

Heart and Brain by Nick Seluk

The Awkward Yeti

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk is a popular cartoon strip, primarily online. There has been book collections and other specials, but unlike Peanuts or The Far Side or Wizard of Id, etc; The Awkward Yeti has been primarily online.

You can find The Awkward Yeti online at – The Awkward Yeti – Nick Seluk. It is a relatively wholesome comic strip that details the body organs; brain, heart, stomach, liver, gall bladder, lungs, fat, tongue, etc. in humorous circumstances with their owner (or on their own).

Heart and Brain

Particularly, I enjoy the back and forth between heart and brain. The childish, youthful, fun filled antics of the heart versus the cold, calculating, analyzing, realistic brain. Or the neurotic parts of the brain versus the ‘forget it’ portions of the heart. And thats where this collection of comic strips shine through.


As per GoodReads, the summary reads:

From paying taxes and getting up for work to dancing with kittens and starting a band, readers everywhere will relate to the ongoing struggle between Heart and Brain.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection illustrates the relationship between the sensible Brain and its emotionally driven counterpart, the Heart.

Boasting more than one million pageviews per month, has become a webcomic staple since its creation in 2012.

Heart and Brain – GoodReads Page

My two favorite characters from the series – Brain and Heart. Their polar opposites but both compliment the other in ways thats only possible due to WHO they are (well, WHAT they represent anyway). This might be my favorite yet of the three books.

Nearly each panel is both funny, and sentimental and/or intelligent and witty/wry. Not all are huge ‘guffaws’ or “lol”, but nearly all are chuckles or a smirk inducing joke, with the added weight of the sentimentality or intelligence behind the panel due to the characters (brain and heart) involved.

I think the great thing about the characters of heart and brain, is how much it gets to the “heart and soul” of us. (See what I did there?) It gets right down to what makes us (as humans) tick. And it embodies our neuroses, our depressions, our ticks, our reasons, and our thoughts. It gets to how sometimes we’re flighty and want to run around in a sunflower field full of butterflies, and sometimes, we need to tamper that with doing our taxes or figuring out our budget for the coming weeks. Nick writes as someone who knows depression and anxiety, and it makes the characters relatable for those of us who also have these symptoms and see ourselves in the characters.

We see ourselves awake at night, thinking about something we did or said thirteen years ago. Or someone worried and paranoid or anxious about a test / promotion / etc. The best thing about the strip is its relateability. There is a few other compilations, as well as much of his stuff online. I fully suggest checking all of Nick Seluk’s other works out as well, especially the other Awkward Yeti works.

My GoodReads Rating: ****
My LibraryThing Rating: ****
Global GoodReads Rating: 4.33 (as of 7.24.21)

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