Today, I’m on the blog tour for the graphic novel The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings! I’ve followed the social media account of the same name (@theofficialsadghostclub) for a long time now, and have always appreciated seeing their relatable, thought-provoking and uplifting illustrations and comic strips online. To find out that there would be a graphic novel focusing on the same themes was really exciting!
Ever felt anxious or alone? Like you don’t belong anywhere? Like you’re almost… invisible? Find your kindred spirits at The Sad Ghost Club.
This is the story of one of those days – a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it’s a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn’t. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, lost and alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything. Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club – a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don’t belong.
This graphic novel focuses on the main ghost, SG, as they navigate a seemingly normal day. However, a day that would seem easy enough to get through for someone without anxiety is a lot harder for SG. When they are invited to a party, they um and ahh about going before deciding that it could be beneficial for them to go. When they spot a fellow ghost, Socks, across the party room, the two begin to talk and find that they have much more in common than they may have previously thought.
It’s definitely a possibility that other readers with anxiety, just like me, will have experienced this exact same setting in real life. Wallflower of the party, not knowing anyone there to talk to, feeling awkward and anxious standing by the wall trying to make a drink or snack last a lifetime. To read this graphic novel and have it affirmed that you’re not the only one who does this was certainly good to see, and I feel that it’ll resonate with younger readers to know that they’re not alone. In a way, it was reassuring to see some of the anxious stumbling blocks that SG faced – leaving for the shops, procrastinating an essay, the endless spiral of thoughts for seemingly simple tasks. It’s great to see this representation on page.
The art in this book doesn’t stray away from the well-known style which is great! It’s something familiar to dive right into, and the style perfectly nails the feelings and tone of the book. The need to feel hidden, like a little ghost in the corner of a room, is honest and relatable. The grey tones of the book also work well for the books writing tone, as I think if it was too colourful it would distract from the issues raised and the topic of mental health discussed. I did feel that there could have been more to it in terms of a more rounded story, but this book worked well as a brief snippet into the lives of two sad ghosts and their chance meeting.
Although the book was short, it was a good length for what it was – essentially a little book of learning that you’re not the only ones with these thoughts and feelings. The Sad Ghost Club acts as great reassurance for those who are feeling alone and isolated in their thoughts, so even though it’s a quick read, it’s a beneficial and important one.
Final thought: An important and reassuring read. 4/5