About Allie Brosh - Allie Brosh Biography - Allie Brosh Blog

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About Allie Brosh - Allie Brosh Biography - Allie Brosh Blog

About Allie Brosh - Allie Brosh Biography - Allie Brosh Blog

Allie Brosh (aged 35–36) is an American blogger, writer and comic artist best known for her blog/webcomic Hyperbole and a Half. Brosh started the blog in 2009 and told stories from her life in a mix of text and intentionally crude illustrations. She has published two books telling stories in the same style, both of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Brosh suffers from severe depression and ADHD, and her comics on depression have won praise from fans and mental health professionals.

Illustrator known for her webcomic/blog Hyperbole and a Half. Her art is characterized by its simplistic style and often depicts her struggles with depression, depictions that have earned praise for their accuracy in portraying the condition.

Illustrator known for her webcomic/blog Hyperbole and a Half. Her art is characterized by its simplistic style and often depicts her struggles with depression, depictions that have earned praise for their accuracy in portraying the condition.

Allie Brosh Before Fame

She attended the University of Montana and states on her website that she decided to start blogging while procrastinating before a physics final. Brosh wanted to be an author from age eight, and described writing a book at age nine or ten, saying, "It was this epic monstrosity that filled three whole notebooks." Brosh started Hyperbole and a Half in 2009 to avoid studying for her college physics final. She uses the Paintbrush software for drawing her comic. When the blog was fully active, Brosh would upload a new entry every few weeks. In 2010, she said of her career as a writer, “With my crippling ADHD and impulsive decisions this is a perfect job for me. I make my own schedule."

Allie Brosh Contents and style

Hyperbole and a Half has been described both as a blog and as a webcomic. According to Brosh, "Hyperbole and a Half is not really a web comic, but it isn't really a blog either. Basically, it has lots of pictures and words and it really tries hard to be funny.” Each blog post is a mix of text and illustrations describing her life. Several are about childhood stories, such as attending a children's birthday party while heavily sedated or becoming a monster after getting a dinosaur costume. Others are events or thoughts as an adult, such as attempting to move house despite her dogs' behavioral problems, speculation about her character flaws, a grammatical pet peeve ("a lot" written as "alot"), or her depression. Brosh compares her combination of text and illustrations to stand-up comedy: "[my writing] was more one-dimensional than stand-up comedy, in which you can rely on tone and facial expressions, body posture. And I wanted to find some way to commit that to the page. Drawing fixed all of those problems."

The drawings, mainly stick figures which draw inspiration from rage comics, intentionally appear crude.Brosh scrutinizes and refines her drawings,often doing 10 or more of each illustration, spending hours on facial expressions or body positions.Brosh said that each blog entry took around 24 hours to produce. The character representing Brosh loosely resembles a stick-figure with a pink dress, with wide-grinning, unfocused eyes and a triangle-shaped ponytail sticking up which she jokingly calls a shark fin. The character sometimes wears a grey hoodie when particularly depressed.[8] Brosh said in a 2020 interview, "I feel very awkward a lot, and so I want to represent myself with this awkward thing, this thing that doesn't quite look like a person. Maybe it looks like some sort of bug or some sort of alien, because that's how I feel."

Brosh also posted several Youtube videos; some were animated versions of her blog art style while others were video recordings of herself.

Allie Brosh Reception

Brosh first saw her work become popular when one of her posts was linked from Reddit and she found her blog getting "like 100 times more traffic than I’d ever had." By 2013, she had over 380,000 Facebook likes and around 72 million website views and was getting five million unique visitors each month. In 2011 her blog was included in a list of the funniest sites by PC World, and in 2013 Advertising Age put Brosh in its yearly list of "most influential and creative thinkers and doers". A panel from one entry, captioned "clean all the things", became an internet meme.

Linda Holmes of NPR praised her work, saying "Brosh's posts are hugely evocative, gut-bustingly funny, and startlingly inventive in using simple drawings in ways that allow for pauses and comic timing... Brosh draws both giddiness and anger more effectively than perhaps anyone since Bill Watterson.

In October 2011, Brosh made a blog post entitled "Adventures in Depression" in which she revealed that she had severe depression. After that post, Brosh's blog was inactive for more than a year. In May 2013, she made a long follow-up post chronicling her struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. Her site got 1.5 million visits in a day, and the number of supportive comments from people indicating that they were worried about her surprised her. The two posts from 2011 and 2013 are her most popular.

The two comics on depression became popular with people who could identify with her depiction of the mental disorder, and people who had never experienced depression said they understood it better. Her work was praised by critics and psychologists who appreciated her depiction of the illness.Jonathan Rottenberg, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida, in Psychology Today, said, "I know of no better depiction of the guts of what it’s like to be severely depressed." Brosh said seeing how people related to her work helped her: "Depression can be such an isolating experience, and it's deceptive, you know, you think, 'Surely I'm the only one that's ever gone through this, or felt this depth of misery.'"

According to The Globe and Mail, the success of the 2011 post "rocketed Brosh to serious virality, landing her a book deal."

Allie Brosh First book
Brosh's first book was released in October 2013. Entitled Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, it is in the same style as her blog and includes some posts from the blog along with new stories. It was published by Touchstone, an imprint of CBS’s Simon & Schuster.The book's release was delayed as Brosh underwent major surgery for stage IV endometriosis.Brosh went on a six-city tour for the release, arranged by the publisher. She made appearances on radio and television and got support from fellow authors, including Elizabeth Gilbert. Brosh used social media to help with publicity, revealing the cover on Facebook and Twitter and participating in a marathon "ask-me-anything" session on Reddit before the book's publication.

Hyperbole and a Half sold more than 350,000 copies in one month.It was on The New York Times Best Seller list (Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous) for 12 weeks and on the NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List for 31 weeks.The book was the American Booksellers Association’s No. 1 pick for November, and it won a Goodreads Choice Award in the Humor category.Zosia Bielskib from The Globe and Mail said of the book, "Brosh brings levity to many trademarks of depression, from emotional numbness to suicidal thoughts to paralysis around simple life tasks such as returning a DVD," and further called her an "unlikely poster girl for depression".Bill Gates praised her book, saying, "While she self-deprecatingly depicts herself in words and art as an odd outsider, we can all relate to her struggles. Rather than laughing at her, you laugh with her. It is no hyperbole to say I love her approach—looking, listening, and describing with the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian."

Allie Brosh Subsequent withdrawal and second book

After the first book's release, Brosh's online presence became sporadic again, and after a tweet in November 2014 disappeared again from social media.Brosh made a few public appearances; she appeared on WTF with Marc Maron in November 2014,on an episode of YouTube series Tabletop[12] and on a Comic-Con panel in June 2015, and she gave a talk in 2016 on the JoCo Cruise.

In August 2015 she announced that she was working on a new book called Solutions and Other Problems.The release date was postponed a number of times, and by 2018 it was marked "unavailable" on Amazon. In June 2020, the book reappeared on Simon & Schuster's website with a new cover and updated page count and description.In September 2020, Brosh publicly announced the book with a new post on her blog. Solutions and Other Problems was released on September 22, 2020. It became a New York Times Bestseller (Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous), and as of November 1, 2020 it had been on the list for four weeks.Ailsa Chang of NPR said that what was most striking about the work is that Brosh ricochets between zany moments and sad moments within pages, and a key theme of the book is showing compassion to yourself.

Allie Brosh Personal life

As of 2013, Brosh lived in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, Duncan. She had married Duncan in December 2012, having been together for around eight years before that.In a post on Reddit in June 2020, Brosh said that since then she had divorced, but also remarried, and that after moving around multiple states was living in Bend again.Brosh's younger sister Kaitlin, who had bipolar disorder, died in 2013. Brosh referred to her sister's death as a suicide. Brosh underwent major surgery for stage IV endometriosis in 2013.

Brosh has said that she "lives like a recluse" and her work as a writer tends to encourage this behavior. Brosh has been active on Reddit and likes it because it was the place where her first posts got popular. With her history of having long periods of being inactive online, her fans have shown concern and speculate about her health. On this, she said, "I have been trying to make myself be more responsible. There’s a part of me that wishes that I could sort of disappear and fade back into the mists when I need to. But I know that’s not how reality works. I’m trying not to disappear for quite so long, or as completely".

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