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Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Michael Kupperman has already indulged his love for Mark Twain in the pages of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but the recent publication of Twain s (real) autobiography has inspired the cartoonist to a full-blown book-length master- piece of hilarity. Twain s own introduction says it all: GREETINGS, STRANGER OF THE FUTURE. If you are reading this, it means the written word ha ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 14th 2011 by Fantagraphics Books
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Peter Landau
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to throw the word genius around casually, so I told my genius children to go to their genius-painted room and leave me in my genius chair to ponder the genius that is Michael Kupperman and his genius tome. It is pure genius mixed with enough humor and art drawings to attract an audience of mammals, reptiles, insects, extinct animals and even humans. The genius of Michael K. is that he was there, ready and willing, to accept this document from the long-thought dead Mark Twain and had ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I've liked Michael Kupperman since I read "Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret," one of the funniest books I know. His art in that book is so crisp and detailed, like an etching. The other books I've read by him (this pseudo-Mark Twain memoir and Tales Designed to Thrizzle) are far less exciting. There are moments of comedic genius, but the work is largely disposable, forgettable. He's also switched to simpler art style that probably lets him work faster. The result is a step back in quality. Any ...more
Kevin Hodgson
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sorry to say, this book did little for me. And I love Mark Twain, and enjoyed Kupperman’s latest book.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a strange and bizarre book! According to Kupperman's accounts, Twain never died, and has been living on for hundreds of years getting into all sorts of trouble. Adventures you can look forward to includes his encounter with JD Salinger, a trip to the moon, alien abduction, secret societies, and time travel.
Quinn Rollins
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I kept seeing book reviews in odd places for a new book by Michael Kupperman. The 2011 hardcover graphic novel is Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. As a fan of graphic novels, and a casual fan of Twain's writing, I thought I'd pick it up. I guess I didn't read those reviews (or even the title of the book) very carefully, because what I was expecting was some kind of adaptation of Twain's recently released autobiography. That made what I got even more of a treat.

Kupperman's book opens with a
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I think Michael Kupperman is one of the funniest people producing humor today, and "Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010" doesn't fall off his high standard. The book is basically a series of riffs on America's great writer, exploring the global hijinks he's gotten into since his purported death in 1910.

Kupperman conjures Twain as a roaming schemer, game for anything to gain a fortune, find a bit of trouble or win over a hot dame. Twain/Kupperman's narrative has the overheated tone, bizarre non
Oct 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
You start off with a quotation from Twain's obituary: "America's greatest author died today at his home, surrounded by ... etc., etc.", followed by another quotation: "The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated ... again" -Mark Twain, 2010. At least, that's how I would have done it. When you're writing a book about the secretly-extended life of a famous historical personage who has actually been quoted (well, misquoted, but ...) about erroneous reports of his death, how can you not take adv ...more
Nick Rudzicz
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
1) ''I pledged the monsters not to release their album until the nineteen-sixties, and then, disguising myself as a pile of clothes, I very slowly made my way back to England.
Winston was upset, but tried not to show it -- typical Winston. As for me, I went underground again and joined the French Underground, where I became known as 'The Nazi Stranglers,' because I strangled Nazis and they thought there was more than one of me!''

2) ''And then I saw it: a patch of gravity directly behind us. I man
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is pretty silly. I actually had no idea what I would be reading when I picked this up. Mostly I just noticed that it involved Mark Twain and I generally enjoy things published by Fantagraphics so I decided to check this out from the library.

I'm not really sure how I felt about it. It's silly, it's funny (at least in concept). It didn't actually make me laugh, or even chuckle. Maybe it made me smile? I can't remember. I guess I just have a cold, black heart. Or I'm just not easily amuse
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
A pleasantly ridiculous confection from Michael Kupperman, of Snake 'n' Bacon fame, this was a very entertaining and quite compact. If you're a fan of Mark Twain, it sometimes is sort of amazing the number of lifetimes he crammed into his 75 years - failed soldier, frontier journalist, riverboat pilot, inventor/investor, lecturer, man of letters, snooty Hartfordian. Kupperman simply asks: why stop there? His Mark Twain continues on after the "exaggerated rumors" of his 1910 death, adding careers ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, humor
This is an entertaining read, though at times a bit silly, so don't read it all in one sitting or you'll be annoyed!

Mark Twain, who faked his death, was involved in a lot of extra-mortem activities that shaped our history. You didn't know? This book explains everything. Mark Twain was more than just a literary great, he was an astronaut, Italian, Woodstock musician, a friend to ants and an olive chocolatier. Amazing. I hope I can be half as great as this man.

The illustrations are kind of boring
Dave Zackin
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with less plot and shorter descriptions. Also, about Mark Twain's 20th Century adventures.

Each page is a new chapter. Each chapter is an absurd concept that could be an outline for a much longer story. Kupperman is wise to avoid milking any individual idea (Twain in space, Twain on loveboat etc.)for more than a page.

I laughed out loud while reading, but had a hard time getting through more than six pages at a time. Twain's deadpan narration plays well against
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Turns out that after writing about Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain didn't indeed die like history tells us but faked his death and then went on some wild and mostly hilarious adventures. Featuring a cast of hot broads, Al Eintstein, ventriloquist dummies, spies and a boat load more. A really funny and absurd read. Chuckles were had, some even after I hadn't been reading the book for a while. Geddit.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Utterly ridiculous and chock full of silliness, I'd definitely recommend this if you enjoy random, humor. Conan O'Brien endorses the author, if that gives you any indication of what you are in for.

If nothing else, you can read about the zany adventures of Mark Twain teaming up with Albert Einstein, hunting Yeti and accidently being on board the rocket ship that first landed Americans on the moon.

Basically, it's Forrest Gump, minus the Oscar-bait story line.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! If you fancy the humor of John Hodgman then I think you'll be in stitches with this read. It's my first (of what I hope to be many) grand times opening a book by Michael Kupperman. I'm so tempted to put a fifth star up there, but I have to save those...or do I? I'm not sure, but a solid 4.5 here.
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Kupperman's wild and absurd stories about one of my favorite characters of his, Mark Twain, reminded me of the unadulterated stories spewing forth from the mind of a child in Axe Cop, except with marginally more knowledge of 20th-century history. But the format (more book than comic) was somehow less fun than Tales Designed to Thrizzle or Snake and Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Mark Twain fakes his own death in 1910, and goes on to fight in both World Wars, stow away aboard the Apollo 11 mission, seduce Mamie Eisenhower and supplement his rising and falling fortunes with work in advertising and wacky morning "zoo radio". It doesn't add up to much, but goes by pleasantly enough and only weighs about a pound.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Um, one of the funniest books I have ever read in my entire life. This is clearly written for closet schizophrenics (I'm using this in the strictly clinical term) like myself who believe that vampires can be big fans of literature. Also, Mamie Eisenhower is the world's hottest babe, period. i learned that in this book.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, but not as consistent as some of Kupperman's other stuff. Some of the humor was a little easy, though the illustrated parts were good stuff. Also, I was surprised at the number of typos and occasional misused word (such as "passible" when he means "passable"), but perhaps that's more of an editorial flaw...
Jason Coffman
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Michael Kupperman is the funniest man alive, and here's more proof. Thrill to the adventures of Mark Twain as he inspires Einstein, writes gangster pictures, gets frozen in a block of ice, parties with Hobnoberella and Jonah the Biblical Figure, guest-stars on "Fantasy Peninsula" and "Falcon Hole," meets the Princess of the Moon, and countless other amazing tales!
Oct 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I knew that this would not be anything high-brow (Mark Twain kept alive by a wizard's curse?), but this was just silly to the point of being nonsensical. I didn't want to waste any more time reading it.
Jason Dikes
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Kuppermann's talent is his ability to combine visuals and words into unique comedy. When trying to do straight writing with little artwork, it doesn't work as well. The funniest bits involve Twain's career writing scripts for porn movies.
Tom Blumer
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an easy to read fictional account of Mark Twain's life if he still lived. It is completely over the top, which made it fun to read. Part text, part graphic novel. A book not to be taken too seriously.
Christofer Reimar
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
It's not nearly as fantastic as Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but it's good with more than a few laugh-out-louders.
Khairul Hezry
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humour
Absurdity for absurdity's sake is a tough act to pull. Not many writers can get away with it. Michael Kupperman sadly did not. Mark Twain's Autobiography promises a rib tickling read but most of the time falls flat.
Anthony Sako
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, humor
Some good one-liners, but the stories were much shorter and more random than I expected.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
My favorite part was the Highlander/Santa crossover
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
So much milk came out of my nose.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I could see what he was aiming for, but he didn't always get there. Still, a fast, humorous read, and the art is ok. I think I'll pick up some real Twain next time.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mildly amusing, but would have been better if it was more Twain-like in the writing style. 2.5 stars
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