Inspiration can come from the weirdest places at times. Now here is an original idea. What if you were to take ads from newspapers and Craigslist about lonely hearts looking for companionship? You would put out the word the premise of the book I Saw You would be that and the base of your drawings would come from that one idea. Julia Wertz is the archetype of this crazy but yet daring concept. You will be amazed at the unique interpretations of each cartoonist who dabs his brush of artistic analysis of the affairs of the heart. As much as the idea is based on the one ad, you must wonder how much is also based on the artist too. As Valentines is celebrated each year, we are left to contemplate the darker side of this Hallmark day, loneliness of individuals who have tried in vain to be accepted. Many resort in putting out ads such as these and at the same time expose the sad state of human spurning of caring individuals who want to be part of the fabric of sociability and to be cared for by another person.
This anthology of comics inspired by real-life missed connection ads posted on Craigslist and in local papers around the country will tug at your heartstrings and make you think. Lonely hearts, romantics, and even cynics pore over missed connection ads in search of love, to gawk and giggle, or out of curiosity. These posted stranger sightings and chance encounters lay bare the truths and oddities of real-life loneliness and attractions and bring out the voyeur in the best of us. I Saw You takes this phenomenon and makes it even better.
Julia Wertz has gathered the stars and soon-to-be-stars of the graphic art world, including Peter Bagge, Jesse Reklaw, Tom Hart, Sam Henderson, Laura Park, Emily Flake, Keith Knight, Janelle Hessig, Gabrielle Bell, Aaron Renier, Austin English, Corinne Mucha, Jeffrey Brown, Alec Longstreth, Minty Lewis, Joey Sayers, David Malki, Kazimir Strzepek, Ken Dahl, Shannon Wheeler, Shaenon Garrity, Rodd Perry, Abby Denson, Damien Jay, Sarah Glidden, and dozens more, to interpret these plaintive, hopeful postings in drawings that range from laugh-out-loud funny to disarmingly strange.