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Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Vol. 1 (Tales Designed to Thrizzle)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  518 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Fans and comedy cognoscenti alike, basking devotedly in the glow of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, have made it the smash hit humor comic of the decade. And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman s revered series are finally collected into one deluxe hardcover. Even better, Kupperman has taken the original two-color printing and made the entire book full color These t ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Fantagraphics
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Feb 01, 2010 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who want to be Thrizzled!
Recommended to Kate by: Patrick Wensink
These tales thrizzled ma nizzle fo' shizzle!


This great piece of literature is highly contagious and very humorous. I thoughly enjoyed Michael Kupperman's twisted sense of humor. Some of the highlights included:

* Sex Blimps/Sex Holes
* Boy Bank!
* Pagus, Jesus' Half bro
* NSYNC In "Pirate Scum We Are"
* Snake 'N' Bacon
* Night-time Toilet Section
* How to recognize different kinds of trees and the criminals that hide behind them.

Oh, and let me mention one more time Pagus Jesus' half bro and
Michael Kupperman is freakin' greater than Pagus, cheese squirted from cow udders and then fashioned into sculptures of Michael McDonald, AND chimpanzee ping pong tournaments...COMBINED. He also happens to be the funniest comic writer I've read in, well, my entire life. If he formed his own religion, I would follow religiously, happily donning whatever kind of body hair stencils he tells me to wear.
Apr 13, 2013 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John Hodgman fans, and people willing to overlook the whole "-izzle" thing
Recommended to Alan by: Visual style
If you like your facts a little less than factual and your graphic art a little more retro, then Michael Kupperman's compilation Tales Designed To Thrizzle, Volume One is likely to be right up your armadillo-bowling alley. Not that this collection from celebrated indie comics publisher Fantagraphics has any armadillos in it, actually, but there is still plenty of skewed, surreal art within these covers to unsettle your day.

Take for example the "Fabulous Nut Bra," or the recurring glimpses of "Th
Hilariously absurd. I was laughing out loud.

Sample lines:
"This one started out as a novel, then I realized the story would work better within the medium of pubic hair."

"Pornographic coloring books are so in right now, man... I just went to the drugstore and they were all out of pink crayons."

"Empathovision is sued out of existence after the special program 'Beating of a Lifetime.'"

"Elderly People! Do YOU have adequate Giant Giraffe Insurance? Call 1-800-555-7261 NOW and our caring, sensitive s
This is a very silly volume. The artwork was deliberately incongruous, mildly entertaining, and occasionally funny. The best jokes were in the text such as the book review of an imaginary history of food, which claims that capers “are created by force-feeding arugula to cats and then waiting three hours” or the ads for “Dr. Learning Series of Booklets” offering such titles as: “WHAT GOES ON INSIDE YOUR EAR? Wouldn’t you like to know? The truth will amaze you.” or “TELLING BABOONS. They won’t lis ...more
May 05, 2010 M. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix
The thing about this volume is that certain elements are actually laugh-out-loud hilarious, caused me to buckle over in my desk chair & quickly look up in the hope that nobody in my work place had heard my outburst. Unfortunately, there's also a lot that's completely stupid, almost to the point of irritation. There are also long segments of prose that are seriously never worth it. They slow the book down and are remarkably unfunny.

I have no positive or negative vitriol towards the art. I wo
I actually met this guy at my library before I heard of his work. He, his wife, and their toddler son were delightful! The wife seemed to have the more charismatic personality of the two, but maybe he just saves it for his comics. At any rate, I read some of his stuff in a comic compilation book and thought it was so-so. But this book made me laugh outloud many times. Amazing graphics and truly witty writing. Off-the-wall is putting it midly. And I love his out-of-date advertisement style. My fa ...more
Like Clowes, Ware, and Crumb, Kupperman appreciates retro advertising & design - those forgotten back pages of magazines filled with dubious claims and send-away offers. But Kupperman gives his stories of Depression-era America and his noir-satires a huge injection of absurdism for that postmodern touch.

(After you're done with this collection, you too will love Pagus, Jesus' evil half-brother!)
The book has its moments, and the art is pretty great, but a lot of the humor seems to boil down to "look how random this is. Isn't this so zany and rannnndommmm?" I feel like it's trying really hard, and I want to find it funny because of how damn hard it's trying and how many different styles it's trying to lampoon at once, but absorbing all the random just ends up being exhausting.
The Irrepressible Crank
What I learned from this book? Simple. Don't get on the wrong side of Twain & Einstein. This book is simply the funniest thing I've read since John Hodgman stopped being hilarious and took up tweeting full time. Plus, it has REALLY GOOD PICTURES! Double win.
If vaudeville-style one-liners really tickle your funny bone, this is the book for you. While I really appreciate both the innocence of this kind of humor and the varied drawing styles, the thrizzle is all fizzle.
Jinny Chung
Unfailingly hilarious. Kupperman is truly a fresh piece of somethin' else.
This came into the library today and several of us were laughing our heads off!
Absolute surrealist comic(s) genius from start to finish.
Scott Parker
"Hey Barbara! What does Sue got that I don't got?"

"Haven't you noticed? Her breasts are oddly lumpy and smell like nuts! You should try the FABULOUS NUT BRA!"

Tales Designed to Thrizzle is a remarkably silly book. Ostensibly an homage to the golden age of comics, each page is filled with incredible non-sequiturs, sight gags, and random fits of rage. Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Print off this page and mail it in with $19.95 to receive your own wonderful copy.


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Hilarious bits of absurd humor doled out in two-three page bursts. Kupperman is an adept visual mimic, skilled at turning out the heavy-lined styles of old woodblock prints and over-the-top ads that used to promise hidden knowledge in Bronze Age comic books.

His sense of humor is fine too, wry, conceptual and always subverting the authority of the visuals that inspired him. John Hodgman is a good comparison. If you don't find a quick hidden history of Sex Blimps and Sex Holes to be promising (be
Sort of a less funny Perry Bible Fellowship. Only not.
If I was really high I think I would have loved it. Just on a general day-to-day basis though, I couldn't really get into it. I'll probably give it another go before I take it back to the library, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope.
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Someone gave this a starred review. I'm not entirely sure I understand why.

I would, however, like to see a snake'n'bacon spinoff.
Oct 23, 2014 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: justok
Don't want to be negative about something I enjoyed so much, but this in graphic novel form kind of works against itself. I think it probably worked better in small digestible bits on the internet. But so much absurdity bound together is a bit overwhelming. Absurd is key word here. If you don't enjoy absurd humor, you will not like this at all. Some of the jokes sailed right over my head, but most of the humor is dead-on.
Not as good as later issues of the series or the Cartoon Cabaret, but still pretty funny. Pointless anecdote: I met Kupperman at MOCA and he signed issue #8 and drew two trains having sex and told me I would understand when I read it (spoiler: the issue has a part where two trains have sex). Jason was signing next to him and had a way, way longer line which made me think that he must just be that much more popular. Turns out it was because he spent 20 minutes on a sketch he was doing for someone ...more
Each panel of these tiny comics is twice as insane as the last. This book is brilliant.
Bryce Holt
This is off the wall nonsense, but it has it's moments of comedy. If you're big on bee apiaries being used as hats or find "sex blimps" being a more classy alternative to those ridiculous "sex holes" dug into the ground, then this is your book. It jumps from one random topic to another, but it wears extremely thin about halfway through. Maybe I should have done this in small doses rather than all at once, but suffice to say, as I love random events and random comedy, it just was too much.

Collecting the first four issues of Tales Designed to Thrizzle into a single hardcover volume is a fine idea, and confers a certain dignity that Michael Kupperman's strange cast of characters just somehow deserves. As with other works by Kupperman, the quality of the content is all over the map; some of these bits are unbelievably hilarious, others are just odd (and not really very funny). But Kupperman has such a unique and cryptic sense of humor that it works anyway, and even taking a large do ...more
Tom Kilobees
Wildly absurd and finely illustrated, 'Tales Designed To Thrizzle' sees Michael Kupperman assuming the role of a sort of Gen-X Glen Baxter (although Kupperman's work is much more accessible than Baxter's bone-dry surrealism). 'Thrizzle' is told in the format of classic anthology comics like Detective and Action, and its humor manifests in bizarre characters and concepts (Snake N' Bacon, The Scaredy Kids), outlandish advertisements ("Fall Down Stairs For Fun And Profit!"), constant non sequiturs, ...more
Patrick Hudson
I really enjoyed these silly stories. It's old fashioned laughs - Mad Magazine via Monty Python and 1980s-style indy satire of a Fantagraphics/Raw Comics variety. It's great fun, but all in a bunch like this it gets a little relentlessly random. It's also hard to find any bite here - it's good-natured chuckling media and that take themselves too seriously - broadwat shows, old fashioned comics, cop shows etc. However, it's beautifully crafted and frequently brilliantly funny and highly recommend ...more
Bizarre and absurd throughout, only occasionally hilarious.
apiary hats!
Oct 22, 2011 Twan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics

Collection of short stories, adverts, film reviews, choose your own adventures stories and loads of other things all sharing on thing in common - they are all off their tits mental. Some of it had me laughing out loud like a silly boy. Artwork is top notch, as are the production values of this lil' hardback number.
Steve Sanderson
I love this guy! Everything he does is so off the wall. And at the same time seems like something you should have thought of yourself - if you had time, talent, and gobfulls of psychotropic drugs, not to mention a more than moderate predilection for obscure pop culture.
Utterly hilarious! If you enjoy stuff like 'Look Around You' and 'Tim & Eric's Awesome Show: Great Job!' you'll love this. It makes fun of old timey comics in the same way as Look Around You pokes fun at the BBC's old schools programmes.
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