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El Show de Cowboy Wally

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  235 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
¡El estridente y divertido tararí-tarará del mundo del espectáculo!
¡Prepárate para el Show de Cowboy Wally!
Leyenda de la televisión, estrella del escenario y de la pantalla, y emprendedor de éxito. Sin mencionar al bocazas gordo, repugnante y engulle-cervezas, de aficiones y principios discutibles. Sí, es Cowboy Wally, la estrella de la innovadora primera novela gráfica de
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Paperback, 124 pages
Published 2006 by Planeta DeAgostini Comics (Vertigo Comics) (first published 1988)
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Dominick
May 22, 2012 Dominick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is funny stuff. Great graphic novel about a documentary being made chronicling the rather dubious career of "entertainer" Cowboy Wally, including his film version of "Hamlet" and various other bits. Frequently laugh out loud funny, sometimes just because of non-sequitur jokes (reinforced eggs that "Can't be beat" kind of stuff) but often becasue Baker has an uncanny sense of rhythm, both verbally and visually. The writing's occasionally a bit glib but is generally sharp, and the art offers ...more
Mike Jensen
Mar 04, 2011 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first exposure to the strange work of Kyle Baker is the story of a debauched and selfish former cowboy star down on his luck. Part social satire, part satire on fame and those who think they need it, and part playful exercise in futility, this book ranges so far that it is beyond me to sum it up. I read it for the extended plot line about producing a film of HAMLET in a prison, which is just strange. While I do not pretend to understand why Baker created this character or this story (stories, ...more
Joe
May 24, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this upon publication in 1988. I am man enough to admit it was the last time I actually wet my pants from laughter. NO kidding.

This is a fort. Lock the door.
Roybot
Mar 27, 2015 Roybot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


The Cowboy Wally Show is wildly, wonderfully uneven. Kyle Baker's faux documentary of the "rise", fall, and return of the eponymous entertainer approaches the subject with a bit of a "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" approach. The result is a delightfully scathing look at the entertainment industry filled with quotable dialog, laugh out loud gags, and heavy doses of absurdity. Written when Baker was 23, what TCWS lacks in subtlety (it doesn't know the meaning of the word) it mak
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Myles
Check this book out ladies and gentlemen. Holy cow. I haven't had this much fun with a graphic novel since, I don't know, Bone? A coworker dropped this on my desk the other day saying it should fit my sense of humor. And it did. And I must give him a lot more credit as a judge of taste. The Cowboy Wally Show isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it should be.

Cowboy Wally is an actor, television celebrity, media mogul and producer of films, and the Cowboy Wally Show is the documentary of h
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Frostajax
Feb 25, 2016 Frostajax rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a work of comic - and comic book - genius. If you've never encountered it, go find a copy.

It is absolutely brilliant satire of the worst kind of celebrity entertainment culture. It starts on a high point and just keeps getting better. "The Cowboy Wally Legend" will make you laugh, with brilliant lines like "You see, before [Cowboy Wally], there was something of a stigma attached to being fat, loud and stupid" or a little boy blurting out "Mom says the reason you don't wear rings is
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Bill Williams
Sep 23, 2015 Bill Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading The Cowboy Wally Show again almost twenty years after its publication, this reader was struck by two things. One, it dovetails perfectly with the film Idiocracy. In the meta-story, an irretrievably stupid man finds momentary success as a performer on a kid’s television show. Guided by slightly less dumb enablers, he has adventures in movie making, beer drinking, and small arms fire.

Second, in terms of form, The Cowboy Wally Show feels like a webcomic. The story starts with a documentaria
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Korynn
Dec 02, 2008 Korynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
I had not read much of Kyle Baker's early work other than "You are Here" and this book is more akin "Why I Hate Saturn." The Cowboy Wally Show is an intriguing mix because parodies vaudeville,the silent movies and the comedy shows of yesteryear and late nite but it is placed in the corrupt yuppie eighties Hollywood. There is also some wonderful Woody Allen type patter thrown in. Our villain is Cowboy Wally, a Hollywood star who has almost no claim to fame or talent but somehow manages to pump ou ...more
Mark Schlatter
Mar 15, 2014 Mark Schlatter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
One of my all-time favorite graphic novels. This was a grail novel for me back in the day --- I had heard of it (mainly through quotes seen on rec.arts.comics on Usenet), but didn't see a copy for years. I finally picked up a used copy and was underwhelmed for the first read. Later reads, however, just cemented for me the comic genius of the work. The last of the four acts in particular melds great comic timing, horrible jokes, and just enough pathos to add some emotional impact. One of my favor ...more
Matt Lohr
Kyle Baker's graphic novel was a bit ahead of the curve at the time of its release in exposing the seamy underbelly of entertainment figures. The humor's edge had blunted a bit with time, but his approach, which basically turns the graphic novel into an episode of E!'s True Hollywood Story, is still novel. The jokes land with some brio (I laughed out loud more than once), and Baker's art is always enjoyably cartoonish. Worth a look if you're a fan of Baker's work and showbiz satire.
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Jun 29, 2010 Dr. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Child Feminists
Shelves: comix
Disappointing. I love Kyle Baker from her other graphic novel "Why I Hate Saturn," so I gave this a chance despite the dubious cover. It had some OK moments, like a chopped-down modern version of "Hamlet" in three pages, and some great barbs against modern day Male Chauvinism in entertainment, but mostly I give it a firm "meh."
Lynn
Oct 04, 2008 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one Easter weekend in one sitting at the Beehive in Pittsburgh.... I was hiding from my own reality at the time.

Funny graphic novel. I wouldn't say one of my favorites, but certainly worth a whirl.
Chris
Jul 20, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that's not reading Secret Invasion
Recommended to Chris by: sane people, nuts, morons, chimps that can sort of read and ever
A true sequential masterpiece. It reads like the movie W.C. Fields made in an alternate universe and it won Oscars for best film, original screenplay, actor, and is remembered as the greatest comedy ever filmed. In that universe, Baker is not working on a sequel.
Paul
Jan 10, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kyle Baker gets it!

Great comedy timing with simple yet very nice art.

His characters are completely believable, and his comedy is simply dead-on!

Alls that was missing was a 'Yippe Kay Ay...' from the main character.
Rahadyan
Jul 28, 2011 Rahadyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1988, Kyle Baker's The Cowboy Wally Show is an acerbic parody of the entertainment industry. If Baker were writing/drawing this today, he'd include the reality series trend, but otherwise it still holds up very well. Recommended.
Bill
Feb 18, 2010 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What did I learn from this book? Jailhouse productions of Hamlet are the best productions of Hamlet.
Twan
Jan 26, 2013 Twan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Darn tootin
Frederic
Nov 30, 2016 Frederic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to Kyle Baker, read when it came out. The artwork is brilliant, and it's roll-on-the-floor funny. One of my all-time favorites.
Christian Lipski
Jun 24, 2009 Christian Lipski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Mock-documentary about a loveable and hateable cowboy entertainer who doesn't know the meaning of the word 'stupid' and gets to look back on his career, the highs and lows.
Tim
Jun 09, 2009 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, deviant, subversive, rowdy, tragic, perfect? This is one of my drunken fantasy favorites.
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Kyle John Baker is an American cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and animator known for his graphic novels and for a 2000s revival of the series Plastic Man.
Baker has won numerous Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards for his work in the comics field.
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