1. Johanna says...

    This really brightened my day. I deal with social anxiety and this goes through my head a gazillion times a day. Glad I’m not alone. :)

  2. Megan says...

    This makes me really happy!!! I love Sad Animal Facts so much and am excited to see more of Brooke’s other stuff!

    This is just such a nice community of women, I feel so lucky to have found it seven years ago!

  3. Morgan says...

    This reminds me of the most amazing play, Mouthpiece. It’s a two woman play who together make one character in the wake of her mother’s death. It’s been made into an incredible film this year too. Here’s the trailer for the play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILvNjYJo-G0 (can’t find the movie trailer, but it’s really worth seeing if you notice it playing at a film festival in your city!)

  4. Laura C. says...

    I am a chatty person and I don’t mind to speak to strangers – so far, but I love this! Great illustrations Brooke! Thank you!

  5. Rahel says...

    So excited to see Brooke’s work here! Awesome!

  6. Nadine Hughey says...

    I’m nodding in my head.

  7. Erin says...

    So fun seeing Brooke’s work here! I love following her on Instagram! :)

  8. steph gilman says...

    Brooke, you are just the cleverest of clever.

  9. Heather says...

    Just the LOLs I needed today! My partner and I moved to a new city a few months ago and have been missing hanging out with a good circle of girlfriends. To remedy this situation I downloaded Bumble BFF and now have two fun friend dates lined up for the weekend. It feels almost like dating! I am excited to hang out with my new friends but also a little nervous. This comic is so, so relatable and gave me just the little push I need to have fun and listen to the voice inside my head that says “Go out and enjoy these new connections – you can do it!” Lots of love and many thanks to Brooke Barker and the COJ team. <3

  10. Aw! Nice to see friday comics are back. I always loved the ones you featured from Mari Andrews. This one is so true and sweet. Can’t wait to see what other illustrators you feature!

  11. Johanna says...

    I relate to this so much and love this entire post, but especially that last panel! For every time we are the brunette, we’re better able to be the blonde and help someone find a connection.

  12. Lauren E. says...

    Just wondering how you got right inside my head?
    Love this. So much.

  13. Njeri says...

    You know when something resonates so much with a past experience, you feel like it was an entire READ of yourself? Goodness. I cry-laughed.

  14. Colleen Wenos says...

    I’m kind of in the “like it or lump” friend making stage of my life. I ramble and make friends in running group and have never been happier.

  15. Justine says...

    Love this so much!!!!!

  16. Cynthia says...

    Love this

  17. Emily says...

    This is me. I’m just going to laminate this and hand it out after each awkward conversation.

  18. Sharon says...

    this one pretty much some up all of my adult new friendship interactions… I am rarely (if ever) disappointed when I listen to my friendlier inner self, but my ever “too cool” outer self still always tries to embarrass me out of it…

  19. Kelly says...

    Oh my gosh, this just made me laugh so hard! Thanks!

  20. El says...

    My kindergartener told me on our walk home from school: “I made a new friend today.” Me: “how do you make new friends?” Him: “you just play with them and then you’re friends!”

    (Has never felt so simple to me. But maybe it should be?)

    • Oneida says...

      Haha! My kids say, “I asked if they’d be my friend and they said yes” to explain the new friend they made. If they havent asked yet, they aren’t labeled friends yet. If they say no, they move on. I agree, it’s so simple when you’re a little kid! Let’s all be kids!

  21. Owl says...

    I’m not sure why exactly, but this made me tear up!

    • Maria says...

      Exactly :)

  22. S says...

    Awkward moments are good. They allow you to find the people who are cool enough to be cool with awkward too.

    • Marissa says...

      Agreed! Embrace the awkward, work through it- no shame!

  23. R says...

    That’s a great idea! Love these..Also have you ever seen theCooperReview stuff by Sarah Cooper? It always cracks me up :D

  24. Carter says...

    Ha!! You truly never know what is going to land! Thank you for this.
    xo,
    from both me and my inner voice/judge/cheerleader/doubter/…

  25. Chelsea says...

    I’m moving to Amsterdam in January and this made me tear up :/ It’s nice to know other people feel this way too!

  26. JM says...

    “This is a weird story, stop!” hahaha yep

  27. Oh, this really rings true for me! I’m a new doula and I’m struggling with making professional connections. I need to listen to that second version of myself a little more. Thank you.

    • Sasha L says...

      Hi Emma! Just want to say thanks for being a doula. I was (am) one too. Hang in there, sending you lucky vibes for making some doula friends.

  28. Kate says...

    Oh my god, so true. The number of complete strangers out there in the world who know weirdly personal things about me due to situations like these is a much higher number than I’m comfortable contemplating….

  29. Denise says...

    HAHA! I love this! That’s so me – awkward story person after a LOT of internal dialog about what to say that isn’t awkward! :)

  30. Kara says...

    LOVE THIS

    So relatable !!!

  31. Laurie says...

    Yay Brooke! Thanks for giving me a LOL on a day when I needed it :)

  32. Becca says...

    Love this 💕

  33. So true! Love the com!

  34. Maybe I’m feeling sensitive, but it made me tear up! What a beautiful description of how it can feel to try to connect with people!

  35. alison says...

    aghhhh! I LOVE brooke’s stuff! So glad to see her here!