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Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head & Other Drawings

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  24 reviews
All the Kliban people--from Houdini escaping New Jersey to the famed Genghis and Sylvia Khan.

“Not to put down Crumb or Koren or Booth or Rodgriguez or Trudeau or anybody else, but Kliban’s Never Eat Anything Bigger than Your Head & Other Drawings is the only book I’ve read in years that made me howl. I mean thigh-slapping, roll-on-the-ground, can’t-catch-my-breath howling.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 3rd 1976 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1976)
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Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"Chapter IV - Scott laughed hard when Wanda brought home the contaminated cheese."

I can't explain why that caption sends me into paroxysms of laughter. I also can't understand why other people don't crack up just as badly. But I do know that anyone who does is a person I want to know better.

Kliban's best known for his cats, but his non sequitur one-panel cartoons paved the way for everyone from Gary Larson to J.C. Duffy (witness his "Moot Points" collection). This is my favorite of his non-cat b
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every page is a delight. Don't miss this one!
Lisa Macklem
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, humor
Typical Kliban. When it's funny, it's hysterical. When you don't get it, it's puzzling... moving on...
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Plain weirdness. Raw and seemingly underdeveloped graphical ideas. These two are pretty much defining for Bernie Kliban's cartoon art, and they often work in unexpected ways. There is a stark dadaistic tone oozing through the pores of these cartoons, and it is quite hard to find whether it's more satisfying to read Tristan Tzara or simply take really long looks at Kliban's visual jokes or deconstructions of humor. I definitely opted for the latter over the former. And in spite of a considerable ...more
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
With the exception of the ubiquitous Cat which is usually the only thing anybody knows by this guy, I love B. Kliban. Some of my earliest memories involve finding Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head and Whack your Porcupine on my parent’s bookshelves and not really getting the jokes…just knowing that they were jokes I should aspire to someday understand. I remember being both repulsed and strangely attracted by his drawings of doughy weirdos and their orifices…and of course the occasional b ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cartoons, humour
Another stunningly good collection of Kliban's trademark absurdist cartoons. There are a few more almost political cartoons here than is usual for Kliban, making some quite sharp comments about politics and capitalism, along with the usual mix of outrageous puns ("Why do you stay with that sadist?" "Beats me!"), bizarre juxtapositions, whimsy, and sheer impenetrable (but nevertheless usually funny) absurdity. Highly recommended to cartoon fans with a high tolerance for the bizarre.
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Am I wrong about this guy being really popular? I mean, I think he's really, REALLY funny but his bks are on a press I've never heard of & they aren't represented on GoodReads in a zillion editions. I've always thought (even before I was a sperm in my daddy's eye) that he was classic bathrm reading material - in everyone's home, kindof like a Chairman Mao shirt in China. But now I'm beginning to wonder. It's probably too subtle for the average person. ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This man is amazing, okay? Filthy, hilarious, great art style. I read this one cover to cover a million times, plus "Cat" and "Whack Your Porcupine". I spent years thinking those were his only collections, since I could never find others, but I'm overjoyed to find out there's so much more to his library. I intend to find as many of them as I can.
David Ward
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head & Other Drawings by B. Kliban (Workman Publishing Company 1976)(741.5973). This is a series of one-panel cartoons by the funniest cartoonist who ever walked the face of the earth. Kliban is sort of like Gary Larsen on acid; do yourself a favor and track this one down. My rating: 8.5/10, finished 1977. ...more
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Ok, this book accidentally popped up when I was looking on Amazon, and I remembered it so vividly that I had to add it - it is hysterical and very twisted and occasionally not, but so off-beat. Its worth a flip-though if you find it on a shelf or in a stack sometime. Especially the 'parking meter violation'
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, humor
B.Kliban's books never get old, even after pouring over them late nights with friends and family, drunken or sober. Some will love them, others will get that question mark look to their face and wonder what the hell it is that the other people see in these...
Lena Webb
Jul 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Good advice, great cartoons.
Seizure Romero
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, humor, halcyon-days
“Hands off, bitch. That’s a MAN’S hairspray.”
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Strange, clever, wacky perfection
Ira Lichtenstein
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A very funny book that I first read in college and take out from time to time when I need a good laugh.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mmmm, tasty.
Chris Andersen
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a little better than Cat, just because the subject matter was more varied.
Jeff Lewonczyk
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madness and absurdity, beautifully rendered.
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A definite precursor to (and probable influence on) Gary Larson's "The Far Side", only decidedly more surreal. Highly recommended.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Wagon Of Love Breaks Under the Baggage of Life” made me laugh hard, as did most of this book.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great and funny collection of some one panel gags that feel like reading something from The Far Side.
David Thomas
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I inherited this from my dad's comic collection, along with stuff like a pile of Dell comics, Nancy, and a ton of vintage 60's Mad Magazines. I have to be honest: as a kid, I didn't get the humor at all. I found it totally mystifying. Now, though? Hilarious.

This is a collection of absurd gag cartoons. Think The Far Side but even stranger. Stuff like a guy wearing a turban with machine parts sticking out, with the title "The Improved Gas Turban." Or a guy on an assembly line with crackers on it,
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Bernard "Hap" Kliban was a popular American cartoonist. He became an instant cartoon sensation after the publication of his groundbreaking book Cat in 1975. Some forty years after their initial appearance, Kliban’s quirky, colorful cat illustrations are adored icons and cherished friends of fans worldwide. One of the top cartoonists of the 20th century, Kliban contributed work to national magazine ...more

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