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Curated by the editors of McSweeney's, this unconventional book explores the intersection of text, humor, and illustration in art created by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists. A refreshing mixture of high, low, and sideways, the selection features nearly 300 images from dozens of contributors, including David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Leonard Cohen, Chris Jo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Chronicle Books (first published 2009)
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Kathleen
Hours of entertainment. Unwieldy in bed (!), this is best viewed sitting up with lots of light. This book should be larger, some of the reproductions are so small that I gave up trying to make them out. A handsome, high quality book full of treats.
Splendy
Dave Eggers and friends collected a bunch of artwork for a gallery in New York. The work is the intersection of fine arts and humor. Some call them “comics,” but that’s an umbrella term that just doesn’t seem to fit. He jokingly mentions how they struggled the term to define this time of work, but the answer is as plain as the curls on his adorable little head. It’s art!

If you’ve ever wandered around the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, then you know that the exhibits are based on much more
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Anne
This book was a holiday present from a very good friend. I was so excited and happy when I opened it! Yes it has been a long read but I read it in pieces, each page is so interesting.

This book is like my older son's definition of "Good for me -- it's good, and it's for me!" Good in that it is an example of possibilities -- I tend to think "Oh, I can't write on this, it's a picture!" Or, in the alternative, "I shouldn't draw all over these notes," even though this is what I've been doing since I
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Jeanine
Found this in the Half Price clearance section and I'm glad I picked it up.
The book is a well-selected survey illustrating the art style of combining drawings and words for a humorous effect -- but in a very understated way. The results are a blend of graphic design, comic, and social commentary. Think David Shrigley, Banksy, Shel Silverstein, and you're on the right path.

Thoughtful essays are part of the package, with the writing caliber what you would expect from a McSweeney's publication. T
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Heather
This book was so disappointing. I was tricked into buying it because I love 99% of everything McSweeney's puts out, PLUS, if you flip through it, the only pages that you will open up to are hilarious or thought provoking. Blatant book trickery. One of the few images that made me laugh was this:

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almost Canadian

See? That was the best part of the whole book.
Tim
This book really went out there and gave it 110% today. The review just went in it's favor and I gues it just pulled through. Very enjoyable for the $4.90 (!) someone else paid for it. Pettibon, Silverstein, Kalman, Crumb, & Mamet really made the plays. Anytime David Shrigley is in the starting lineup I am FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINED. Here are his statistics, you will not find them lacking.
Eric
It's great to see text-based fine art—by artists such as Tucker Nichols and Brian Rea—getting its due in this quasi-catalog for an exhibition Dave Eggers put together recently. The book as a whole suffers a bit from the inclusion of lesser artists, but overall it inspires me to make my own "things like this."
Adam Wilson
A well-curated assemblage of well... that's the question. The only thing in common with all the artists featured in this book is their folding together of text and illustration. It invites surrealism and articulates something about the strangeness of our times.
Kate
Jan 02, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: doodlers, sketchers, hoarders, clippers
Recommended to Kate by: Sarah
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Making art is liking finding one's way without a map.

Music has lost its power. So has visual art. So has prose. Now it is the sole responsibility of the writers of limericks to describe the human condition.
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