Carrie McNinch is a zine and mini-comic veteran of the first order. As the editor of Food Geek and an early innovator of diary mini-comics, she has gained a following by allowing readers into her personal life, sharing her experiences as a lesbian cartoonist whose anxiety and disconnectedness have led her into depression and alcohol abuse. Assassin and the Whiner Vol. 15 is one of the most compelling mini-comics I’ve read to date. For a diary comic, McNinch has taken great care in drafting daily entries, something that sometimes gets brushed over in other daily comics. You get the sense that McNinch is deadly serious when she discusses her comics as type of therapy. By reflecting on the serious and mundane together, you begin to see that McNinch’s hang ups aren’t at all strange or alien but intensely personal; you probably know someone who suffers from similar issues, if you yourself don’t. Assassin and the Whiner is a great human story reflecting on personal struggle, loneliness and the little victories that keep us all sane.
Keep an eye out for other mini-comics by McNinch in the Zine Collection or check out Food Geek.