“I Saw You . . .: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections” Edited by Julia Wertz (Three Rivers Press, 2009)

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The next time you pay a visit to Craigslist (and I’m sure you check it every day now for the job postings), look under the “Personals” column and you’ll see a option titled “Missed Connections.”  It’s where men and women seeking women or men recount a recent chance meeting with someone who captured their heart in the blink of an eye.  Perhaps it was a short but sweet conversation over the purchase of a latte; or gazing into one another’s eyes on the train to the work; or even a smile from a distance.  We all see people each day, strangers whom we wonder might be; strangers who might even be the one.  But then the opposite of serendipity blocks your path and you never see the person again.  If this is the case, then Missed Connections is for you; where you can pour out your heart to that human who stopped you in your tracks for a second, with the lone hope that he or she may one day read it and somehow find you.

In the fall of 2006, Julia Wertz, cartoonist and creator of The Fart Party, put up a blog requesting comic strips from volunteers inspired by “Missed Connections.”  Soon her inbox was overflowing!  In I Saw You . . ., Wertz collects them together, providing a short introduction to why and how she did this.  The result is a very entertaining book featuring a wonderful variety of artwork from some of today’s finest graphic artists as they take a sentence or two and turn it into something happy, or something sad, but always an entertaining piece of art.

So whether you’re looking for a laugh, or for your heart strings to be pulled by some sad words and some sad eyes, I Saw You . . . is the book for you.  A perfect paperback to read through in your spare time, while on the bus to work in the morning, as you glance up at that special someone looking right back at you, never to see them again.

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Originally written on March 9th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.