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I Thought You Would Be Funnier

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The best-of-the-best of what's left on the cutting room floor from critically acclaimed Shannon Wheeler's cartoon submissions to The New Yorker magazine. Now in a collectable hardcover format.

A cartoon collection from the mind of Eisner Award-winning, Harvey Award-nominated and current New Yorker magazine cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler! It's the best-of-the-best of what's lef
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by BOOM! Studios (first published June 1st 2010)
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Anthony Chavez
Sep 20, 2012 Anthony Chavez rated it liked it
The self-deprecating title alludes to the fact that this collection is comprised of cartoons that were rejected for use in the New Yorker, but one should not make the mistake of thinking that these cartoons are somehow inferior to Wheeler's contributions to the publication. In many cases, they're much funnier and more provocative; however, there are many blatantly obvious so-so ones. It's a short collection and the real funny ones get overshadowed amongst the so-so ones very easily. Worth the co ...more
Malbadeen
Had it at 4 stars (I was begrudging the book for not being longer - Come on Wheeler, get rejected some more) but I find myself picking it up more often than a lot of others, as well as seeing certain comics pop into my head at various social functions (especially the killing the conversation with Wikipedia one- - - ohhhh, aren't you curios now?)So an additional star for staying power (which is more than I can say for my ex <------wa-ha-ha-ah! That's not even true but it was just too easy to p ...more
Christian Lipski
Wheeler's rejected submissions are easily as funny as the cartoons that New Yorker Magazine did accept, but for some reason they didn't take these. Their loss is your gain. Wheeler has some great concepts at work here, expressed simply in a single panel. I interviewed Wheeler about his book before its release for Examiner.com:

http://www.examiner.com/x-44112-Portl...

Highly recommended! Funny and witty guy.
Colby Allen
Jul 04, 2012 Colby Allen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I agree with the book's title.
Rick
Jul 17, 2010 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Best known for creating the iconic slacker Too Much Coffee Man, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler always entertains with his humorous observations of relationships, politics, and society, in multi-panel stories or as in the case with I Thought You Would Be Funnier, single gag panels. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, this volume collects Wheeler's cartoons that the respected publication rejected. Though always funny and insightful, several of the strips may have been to caustic for the magazine. ...more
K.
Aug 05, 2011 K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Thought You Would Be Funnier is the newest cartoon collection from The New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, composed of art that never made it to print… until now. With the noted New Yorker style, Shannon brings a sense of humor to the commentary of society itself. Many may recognize Wheeler’s name from his most famous work, Too Much Coffee Man. He submitted a large number of cartoons to The New Yorker before finally having one accepted in February 2009. Since then, more of his cartoons have ...more
Simon Sweetman
Mar 29, 2016 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing
A great collection of single-frame cartoons. Some very good stuff in here.
Ming
Dec 28, 2014 Ming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty funny, though I'm not sure I got all the gags.
Derek Parker
Apr 18, 2014 Derek Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great collection of Wheeler's dingle-panel comics.
Davelowusa
There are some really great cartoons in this book, but they are too few, overwhelmed by all the pretty-good and sorta-bad cartoons. The vast majority of this collection lacks the punchiness of Wheeler's best work at The New Yorker. And dare I say it, much of this material is just too obvious (one of the worst things a single-panel cartoon can be). Example: Man pulls a clown out of the refrigerator and asks his wife "Does this smell funny to you?"

The high points are nice and high, but the rest i
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Kirsten
I am a big fan of Wheeler's work, and this collection is just great! Wheeler's style here is lively and clean, with great facial expressions sometimes evoked with the smallest quirk of a line. There are all cartoons rejected by The New Yorker, and in some cases I can see why -- the cartoons are often caustic and weird. Occasionally they just don't strike me as that good. But for the most part this book is riotously funny and I sort of want to pin 3/4 of the book to my office bulletin board, whic ...more
Melle
Sep 08, 2014 Melle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy the New Yorker
Shelves: witty, cartoons, droll
Subtle, witty fun.
April
Jan 12, 2013 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Aptly named.

Or, maybe context really is everything. I always enjoy Wheeler's cartoons when I encounter them in The New Yorker. Singularly.
Amie
Jul 21, 2013 Amie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In addition, I recommend the author's series, "Too Much Coffee Man."
Jesse
Very funny and spot-on. I only wish it had been longer.
Shannon Wheeler
Jul 04, 2010 Shannon Wheeler rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I learned that my work looks better when one is drunk.
Timothy Dillon
Mar 11, 2015 Timothy Dillon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny little comics
Jim Hardison
Mar 31, 2011 Jim Hardison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny stuff.
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