Date Completed: 6/27/2016
This graphic novel was filled to the brim with beautiful pictures. This is the fictionalized memoir of Margaret, a.k.a Madge. She is an art student in the 70s, able to attend college on grants and loans for the first three years, but when grant funding runs out she decides to drop out and work at a café instead. There she meets the motley crew that is the 1970s American café. Filled with sexual harassment and drugs, this lifestyle is not always pleasant, but it is fast paced and fascinating from the outsider perspective. I was also fascinated to see what has changed and what is still the same about restaurant life, particularly the gossip and easy drama. Over Easy was very well put together, from the flow of the story to the monochromatic color scheme, juxtaposed with the storyline itself which follows the chaotic nature of restaurant life. I enjoyed the first half more than the second half, and I felt like there was never quite a conclusion, but this book had me laughing consistently from start to finish.
Mimi Pond was a writer for the Simpsons and has been nominated for two Emmy awards. She has also written several graphic novels and comics.