Andrea Long Chu


    THE PROTAGONIST of Alex Norris’s Webcomic Name, hosted on Tumblr since July 2016, is a simple pink cartoon blob with four pseudopodal limbs, two dots for eyes, and a single line for a mouth, which Norris tends to draw just shy of an em dash, with the result that its owner often reads as both a little happy and a little sad, or maybe just one of those, or maybe neither. In every strip, the blob wants something. It tries on a bra or gets a new job or has a fling. It overeats and oversleeps and underprepares. It looks in the mirror, tells a secret, has a sex dream, takes public transit; it flirts,