Poorly Drawn Lines

pdlcoverAuthor: Reza Farazmand
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Plume
Genre(s): Webcomic, Graphic Novel

Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Spoilers:  Low
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If you’re not already familiar with Reza Farazmand’s thrice weekly webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines now is the perfect time to find out what you’ve been missing. To be honest, even if you didn’t realize it at the time you’ve probably seen some of Farazmand’s work before. His often hilarious comics with their deadpan commentary wind up all over the Internet – Tumblr to Reddit and elsewhere.

Poorly Drawn Lines has a very distinctive style and I love it.

It’s simple but versitile.

Farazmand employs his talents in any manner of ways, drawing both animals and humans generally talking shit to one another. (As funny as I find it sometimes, if you’re not cool with language and characters frequently being called assholes then you may not enjoy this as much as I did.)


Poorly Drawn Lines isn’t just a series of comics taken from the website. It’s also a collection of new comics never published before in any format as well as random short essays and stories by the author. They generally follow along with the same general sense of humor. Often they poke fun at the way we live our lives day to day, pointing out the absurdities with more absurdities.

It’s self-depreciating at times and that’s fine. It can, however, get a bit repetitive. This is really my only complaint with this book. There are times when the negativity – as amusing as it can be – gets a little too overwhelming. I think Poorly Drawn Lines works great as a webcomic because you get all of that in short bursts three times a week. As a book, though, I think the comics and the stories could get to be a bit much if you jump in to it all at once.

So if you’re going to read Poorly Drawn Lines – which you should – I recommend reading it in shorter sittings.

That said, it’s a very fun book. I really enjoyed it. But I enjoy the webcomic. If you’re on the fence about this book I highly recommend checking out the site first and then checking out the book!


A review copy of  Poorly Drawn Lines was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Nerdophiles was in no way compensated for this review. Our opinions are ours and ours alone.

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