Months before it was even published, Allie Brosh's debut collection of comics and essays, based on and named for her wildly popular blog, became an Amazon bestseller. Since its publication earlier this month, Hyperbole and a Half has hovered among Amazon's top-selling books, was named one of our Best Books of the Month, and has attracted widespread praise.
I asked Brosh if she had a theory--or maybe a superpopwer--to explain the surprising success of her autobiographical MS Paint figures. "Probably how much I think about my own thinking," she said. "I spend a lot of time analyzing my own thoughts."
In particular, her blog posts about depression have resonated with fans, as has her brutal honesty, her quirky humor, her crazy dogs, and her frequent f-bombs. Andrew Sullivan has called her blog "inspired" and Cory Doctorow calls Brosh "an Internet-era treasure, an unexpected wonder of the 21st century."