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6 Cute Graphic Memoirs About Relationships

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Ashley Holstrom

Staff Writer

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

Fall is always romantic in my mind, and I’ve been reading so many cute graphic memoirs about relationships this year. These don’t necessarily embody that feeling of sitting on your couch with tea and a cat while it rains against the window, but they come close.

will you still love me if I wet the bedWill You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince

Liz Prince is maybe better known for her Alone Forever collection of comics on life as a single lady, but this one is an adorable (and pocket-sized!) collection about her life with her boyfriend. Themes include: Butt grabs, cuddle farts, and silly talks.

Cat Person by Seo Kim

Seo Kim’s collection is similar to Liz Prince’s, where each page is a separate slice-of-life comic. Cat Person may look and sound like a single lady anthem, but it’s bursting with cute comics about her relationship. And her cat. Because cats.

my lesbian experience with lonelinessMy Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata, Jocelyne Allen (Translator)

Here’s the opposite of a relationship! Nagata Kabi is anxious and sort of reclusive, so she seeks out an escort agency to help get her out of her shell. The cover makes this look like a goofy comic, but it’s a really introspective memoir about working through her mental illnesses.

Soppy by Philippa Rice

Help, this book is too cute! I read it in one sitting, awestruck by the happiness and comfort of a relationship where the big gestures aren’t as important as the daily moments.

Get Over It! by Corinne Mucha

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a cute one about relationships. It’s about a breakup. But it’s still a goodie! Reading Corinne Mucha’s work felt like reading my own diary from a time of heartache.

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley

Here is a happy ending for you. Lucy Knisley chronicles her on-and-off relationship and then wedding planning with her now husband. I love this one so much.

What about you? Share your favorite comics about relationships in the comments, please! I need more, more, more.