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Funny Papers: A Novel (The Funny Papers Trilogy #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Funny Papers chronicles cartoon icon Derby Dugan's beginnings in the rough-and-tumble world of yellow journalism in turn-of-the-century New York, when Hearst and Pulitzer owned tabloid America. The aptly named Georgie Wreckage, a sketch artist for Pulitzer's daily World, rockets to fame as the creator of what becomes a hugely successful cartoon franchise in this, the firs
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 9th 2002 by Picador (first published 1985)
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Kate Vane
Georgie Wreckage is a sketchman on a newspaper, illustrating the news. He sees, draws and is haunted by gang wars, ferry disasters and dismembered corpses. But Georgie’s world is under threat. Colour printing is coming, photography is breathing down his neck. There are inventors everywhere and everything is changing.

The future is in the funny papers but Georgie can’t be funny. He can’t make things up. Then a chance encounter leads him to draw a young street vendor named Pinfold and he is cursed
There's a good deal of historical slang in Tom DeHaven's "Funny Papers" and clever use of history at the turn of the last century. He set out to give a background for the invention of the Sunday funny and he does a great job. However, don't be fooled by the funny in the title: there are some dire characters that make up his dramatis personae and some don't make it to the end. A pretty clever work overall, but I just wish I could have had one character to root for. The danger of writing the picar ...more
Oct 01, 2007 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comics fans, Kavalier & Clay fans
The spirit of the book and its many memorable characters is infused with the joyful creative energy of the late 19th Century. I love books about that period, and the fact that Funny Papers is centered on the birth of the newspaper comic strip makes it all the more enjoyable.

Funny Papers is a glorious mixture of humor, drama, pathos, education, and literary sleight-of-hand - a true portrait of the period it illuminates. Secondary character Walter Geebus is wide-eyed and callow in Funny Papers -
De Haven delivers another rich and detailed period piece with an equally rich cast of characters. It was nice to finally read about the long history that lead into "Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies".
While the first chapter of this great American trilogy focuses more on history than characters and is the least satisfying of the three, it is still a remarkable novel that gets the series off to an amazing start.
Very well written and funny! Took me months to read cause I have been in a reading funk.
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Tom De Haven is the author of five novels, Freaks' Amour, Jersey Luck, Funny Papers, Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, and Dugan Under Ground; a collection of three related novellas, Sunburn Lake; and a three-novel series, Chronicle of the King's Tramp, which includes Walker of Worlds, The End-of-Everything Man, and The Last Human. His latest novel for young adults, The Orphan's Tent, was publishe ...more
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