Corinne Mucha and Heather Radke combine their respective skills – comics and essays – to make “So Nervous #1” a very well-organized look into the odd little things that make them cringe. Heather focuses her essays on her social fears – “What am I supposed to be doing?” at a concert, talking and making friends with people who terrified her, etc. So many little things cause her anxiety, so she misses out on experiences she later wishes she had participated in. Corinne’s comics are mostly about being a hypochondriac, although she’d never admit that’s what she was. Then, there are all the little things that freaked her out as a kid, like the teddy bear in the window of the witch’s house or black lights. The final essay and comic are geared toward how they personally deal with their respective anxieties and how tips for others to deal with their own.
This collaboration between Corinne Mucha and Heather Radke is a quirky zine dedicated to anxiety. The cover, which pictures a girl biting her fingernails with a nervous expression on her face, sets the tone for the rest of the zine. There are anecdotes from a hypochondriac (or a hypochondriac in denial), stories about yoga and meditation, lists of things that can be scary (like a teddy bear or a kitchen timer), and expressions of regret about trips not taken due to anxiety or fear. The essays, by Radke, depict a nervous but brave girl who is a little nerdy and a little unsure of herself. The essays are a somewhat chronological portrayal of her struggle with anxiety and how she has coped with it throughout her life. It is very easy to relate to her, and the reader will undoubtedly like and sympathize with her. Mucha is her usual hilarious self, and her comics never disappoint. Her tone is a little less serious than Radke’s, but although you know that she is making fun of herself, you also know that there is some truth to her revelations. Overall, this zine is a quick, enjoyable read. We all are worried or scared or anxious at some time in our lives, although some more than others, and this zine’s openness and humor towards the subject will both amuse and inspire readers.