Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story is exactly what it says, in comic strip form. It’s charming and insightful and adorable.
Debbie Tung’s comics are deceptively simple, mostly one-pagers of standard panels, but her self-figure is so cute and relatable. She uses dot eyes and a few lines for features, but I both know what she’s feeling and want to hug and protect her. I like that she has friends and later, a perfect-sounding boyfriend she appreciates for complementing her; she’s not a friendless loner. She just knows herself and what she needs and likes.
The comics are grouped into rough time periods. The first section covers going to grad school, followed by her developing relationship with the boyfriend, their wedding, starting a job, and making career choices.
Everyone can likely relate to some of the incidents shown here, because everyone has times when they need to be by themselves. Put together, though, this becomes an educational portrait of what it’s like to live this kind of life. Tung isn’t apologetic or embarrassed that she is how she is. Instead, she values the comfort of coziness and solitude, accompanied sometimes by a good book or a cup of tea.
There are comics on her website, or below are a few of my favorites. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)