One of Those Days

Yehuda and Maya Devir. Random House, $30 (272p) ISBN 978-0-593-23143-2
The Devirs share upbeat, slickly drawn gag-glimpses into their married life in this collection of their viral online comic. Though each one-panel cartoon stands on its own, a loose plot forms as the couple moves to Tel Aviv and settles into marriage and, later, pregnancy and parenting. Their mild domestic antics include sharing a bathroom, bedroom escapades, watching the World Cup, and fighting off mosquitoes at the park. Though some installments turn epic—Black Friday shopping is depicted as a postapocalyptic battle—for the most part the comic remains grounded in mundane details. The big visual draw is the attractiveness of Yehuda’s and Maya’s lounging-around-super-hero-style cartoon selves, pinup characters who frequently appear in underwear or swimsuits and look good even when picking hair out of the drain. The book does have a padded feel to it, as each comic is printed twice (in black-and-white and in color) and they are interspersed with promotional illustrations from the couple’s Instagram, like a celebration of their one millionth follower. The material isn’t significantly different from other family strips, but this coffee-table volume should sate the couple’s sizable audience. Agent: Seth Fishman, the Gernert Co. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 10/16/2020
Release date: 11/10/2020
Genre: Comics
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