Review: My Giant Nerd Boyfriend
I am so happy I found the webtoon “My Giant Nerd Boyfriend.”
“A height difference of 30cm and above might seem adorable to some, but it usually causes a lot of minor inconveniences. Follow Fishball as she navigates the Malaysian life with her 199cm-tall, geeky boyfriend.”
“My Giant Nerd Boyfriend” is an exercise in slice of life minimalism. Many times in slice of life, we think that there needs to be a lot of time given to develop characters, setting, plot, and other story devices.
The plot has to feel “real” so that we’re able to indulge in comparing their protagonists’ lives to our own and maybe even learn something about ourselves. “Nerd Boyfriend” abandons this for a minimalist approach to storytelling.
The words are sparse from the get-go. Fishball introduces herself and her boyfriend and that’s it. Then we get a series of short but well thought out panels that develop their relationship into something that is adorable, relatable, and admittedly I’m jealous of.
The premise is kept simple so that we are free to focus on the drawings to see what their story is about.
The first few panels are just quick little snapshots into their relationship, but then the story starts to develop a little bit more with what I call “the stubble story.” From there, we get more than one series of panels which show the interactions between them.
I couldn’t help but laugh as he rubbed his stubble on her when she complained about him not shaving for a while due to work obligations. But then she takes revenge on him with a course object and then rubs the hell out of his face.
The comic will continue to be successful as long as the comic is able to keep up with creating this simple but adorable and engaging couple’s dynamics.