The Peanutbutter Sisters collects seven short-to-longish comics, all of which take a to-varying-degrees-magical realist look at life in these United States, with a primary focus on New York City. The energetically drawn and lushly inked artwork is perfectly suited for the stories here and has the appearance of being nourished by that Jillian Tamaki and Michael DeForge – or at least of having grown out similar artistic ground. Regardless, we can recommend this work to fans of DeForge and Tamaki.
Here's what a few of of Hara's fellow comickers have to say about these stories:
"Rumi Hara's The Peanutbutter Sisters is a celebration of the power, imagination, and ingenuity of women, expressed as a fever dream. In one story, two girls face off in a bubble gum-chewing contest and blow bubbles so big that they consume them; in another, a goddess merely needs to point to trigger a swarm of "Bombadonnas" to create destruction and chaos. The short stories are punctuated by surreal imagery of the Builders at work at a lumberyard, dressed in matching crotchless suits made of fur. Reading it feels like you're going on a psychedelic trip with Hara, and she's taking you by the hand deeper and deeper into her beautiful, magical, fantastical world." — Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream and the forthcoming graphic memoir, It Won't Always Be Like This
"Striking stories that are precious but not polite, mysterious but inviting, untethered to reality but also the realest thing you could read." — Lisa Hanawalt, author of I Want You
"What a pleasure it is to lose oneself in Rumi Hara's world—one both familiar yet strange—with so many delicious details that you'll never want to leave. A delight!" — Sarah Glidden, author of Rolling Blackouts