Corinne Mucha‘s storytelling style and sense of humor are completely her own, which is what makes her comics so inspiring to me and so fun to read. One of my favorite things she’s done is Is It The Future Yet? from May of 2010. The three stories in this zine all deal with the future in some way, but to dig a little deeper, they’re all about her anxiety over whether she’s headed towards the kind of future she wants, and whether she even knows what that is.
The first story, “Future Dreams,” is the one that especially blows me away. It’s about Déjà vu, about feeling like you can sometimes sense things before they happen, and how this can lead to neurotic, superstitious thoughts (which Corinne eventually snaps out of):
I can actually relate to this feeling, but could never have broken it down as simply or comically as she does in this story. As I wrote in January about Dan Moynihan’s “A Scene From the Backseat of Pre-Gameboy Childhood,” I love it when an artist goes out on a limb with something that feels unique to them, and yet it still manages to ring true for other people.
The second story, “I am Constantly Imagining the Future,” shows Corinne wondering if she’ll become a less anxious, more together person someday. It ends with a hilarious fantasy of being able to talk to her future-self on the phone:
The zine closes with “Tell Me My Future,” a more grounded story (at least compared to the first two) about Corinne getting her fortune told by a palm reader. It’s a heartfelt, uplifting story that ties the issue together nicely.
Is It The Future Yet? was made specifically for Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago, and I can’t seem to figure out if they still have copies available… If not, think of this as a case study in what I love about Corinne’s comics. You can’t go wrong with anything available on her website, especially The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions, which won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Mini-Comic in 2012, and her graphic novel Freshman, which I also hope to write about someday.
April 2013 – SMOO 4, 5, and 6 by Simon Moreton
March 2013 – Painful Vices by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg
February 2013 – Ochre Ellipse #3 by Jonas Madden-Connor
January 2013 – Not My Small Diary #16
December 2012 – Ramble On #2 by Calvin Wong
November 2012 – Veggie Dog Saturn #6 by Jason Young