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    1. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
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    3. Orlando Bloom Has Ruined Everything
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    4. The Fluorescent Light Glistens
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    5. Nighthogs : A Pearls Before Swine
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    7. Get Fuzzy #5 : A Get Fuzzy Collection
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    8. Who Let the Cat Out? : Mutts X
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    9. A Day at the Beach : The Ninth
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    10. Striking A Chord: A For Better
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    14. The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958
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    1. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
    by Bill Watterson
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    Asin: 0740748475
    Catlog: Book (2005-09-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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    2. The Complete Peanuts 1955-1956
    by Charles M. Schulz, Matt Groening, Gary Groth
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    Asin: 1560976470
    Catlog: Book (2005-04)
    Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    Sales Rank: 14361
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    The New York Times best-selling series continues!

    The third volume in our acclaimed series takes us into the mid-1950s as Linus learns to talk, Snoopy begins to explore his eccentricities (including his hilarious first series of impressions), Lucy's unrequited crush on Schroeder takes final shape, and Charlie Brown becomes...well, even more Charlie Brown-ish! Over half of the strips in this volume have never been printed since their original appearance in newspapers a half-century ago! Even the most dedicated Peanuts collector/fan is sure to find many new treasures. The Complete Peanuts will run 25 volumes, collecting two years chronologically at a rate of two a year for twelve years. Each volume is designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken) and features impeccable production values; every single strip from Charles M. Schulz's 50-year American classic is reproduced better than ever before. This volume includes an introduction by Matt Groening (The Simpsons) as well as the popular Complete Peanuts index, a hit with librarians and collectors alike, and an epilogue by series editor Gary Groth. ... Read more


    3. Orlando Bloom Has Ruined Everything : A Fox Trot Collection
    by Bill Amend
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    Asin: 0740749994
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 132150
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    Meet ten-year-old Lord of the Rings nerd Jason Fox and his high-school freshman sister, Paige. Jason can't believe he and his sister are both vying for front-row seats to the release of the movie. There's no denying that things will never be the same with heartthrob Orlando Bloom's involvement in Jason's favorite series. Don't forget their underachieving older brother, Peter. With three strong adolescent personalities in one household, colorful stuff often hits the fan; dad Roger usually ducks to avoid it, while mom Andy tries to keep it from staining the rug. Orlando Bloom Has Ruined Everything lampoons memorable moments from 2003 and 2004, such as the East Coast blackout. In the FoxTrot version, an "ink outage" renders several days' strips only partially drawn. "I called Funky Winkerbean. He says the ink's out over the entire grid," Jason reports. In another series of strips, Jason's latest money-making scheme involves creating an animated film to rival the box office blockbusters of Pixar and Dreamworks: "It's the tender story of a leech's search for his missing son. I'm calling it Finding Hemo. The success of FoxTrot has yielded consequences creator Bill Amend may never have imagined. The strip has been used as a question on the game show Jeopardy! and as an answer in the New York Times crossword. It's a fitting irony that FoxTrot has become a fixture of pop culture, the very phenomenon it parodies with such keen wit.

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    4. The Fluorescent Light Glistens Off Your Head : A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books)
    by Scott Adams
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    Asin: 0740751131
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 1500
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    The notion that Dilbert creator Scott Adams has secretly bugged every office, cubicle, and conference room in America-a belief widely held by Dilbert fans-has been debunked by pointy-haired experts. This discovery leads to an even more sinister yet inescapable conclusion: that the lunacy you thought was unique to your workplace is spreading with a viral malignancy across the nation's business landscape. Yes, the Corporate America brand of insanity has garnered a majority market share among white-collar managers and so-called leaders at companies large and small. Product features (let's not call them "benefits") of this insanity include inflated executive salaries, irrelevant performance objectives, insipid management fads, inscrutable e-mail, interminable meetings, and oppressive work environments. Dilbert is the inadvertent poster child for the Corporate America brand. In his 25th collection, he and his power-hungry dog, Dogbert, provide much-needed comic relief to working stiffs toiling in cubicles everywhere. Dilbert is featured in 2,000 newspapers and is read by 150 million fans in 65 countries and 19 languages.

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    5. Nighthogs : A Pearls Before Swine Collection
    by Stephan Pastis
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    Asin: 0740750097
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 4014
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    You never know who you'll bump into at a diner at night. It could be a rat with an anger-management problem. Or an overly sentimental pig. Or a zebra with a story or two to tell about a crocodile. Or even a goat who just wants to be left alone. Welcome to Nighthogs, where the door is always open, the light is always on, and the coffee is as scorching as the humor. In this third collection of the immensely popular Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis again takes us into the world of Rat, Pig, Zebra, and Goat, and he shows once more just how outrageous-and how hilarious-the unpredictable can be. Always surprising (and only occasionally depraved), Pearls Before Swine is one of the sharpest comic strips in newspapers today. So pull up a stool, have a cup of joe, and enjoy.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nighthogs totallly rocks!
    This book is great!! Every day when we get the newspaper, i look for the Pearls Before Swine comic first, and here's a book filled with 'em! All my friends and i love the comics! Stephen Pastis is amazing! You have a choice, get this book and laugh you pants off, or don't, and NOT know what rat said to pig on page 37!! ... Read more


    6. Driving Under the Influence of Children : A Baby Blues Treasury (Baby Blues Treasury)
    by Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott
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    Asin: 0740750054
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 384716
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    7. Get Fuzzy #5 : A Get Fuzzy Collection (Get Fuzzy Collection, 5)
    by Darby Conley
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    Asin: 0740746634
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 23845
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    Dogs and cats can be cute, cuddly, and faithful companions. They also can be ornery, unpredictable, and hilarious. Get Fuzzy is all about the latter. In his latest collection, New York Times best-selling author Darby Conley has found uncommon humor and insight in our common, everyday pets.Get Fuzzy has fast become one of the premier comics on the funny pages. Readers of 400 newspapers worldwide enjoy the antics of this award-winning strip. The Wilco household includes Rob the bachelor, Bucky, the cantankerous cat with an attitude, and Satchel, the loveable-but-clueless dog. If animals really could talk, one would expect them to sound like Bucky and Fuzzy. Often, it's the subtle nuances of the strip-from Bucky's hilarious facial expressions to Satchel's dopey innocence-that pack the biggest laughs.The strip's dry wit and razor-sharp reality earned it the National Cartoonists Society's prestigious Best Newspaper Comic Strip in 2002. Get Fuzzy captures the non-glamorous essence of being a pet owner in a way people who own and operate dogs and cats are sure to love. ... Read more


    8. Who Let the Cat Out? : Mutts X (Mutts Comics)
    by Patrick McDonnell
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    Asin: 0740750062
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 8558
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Animal lovers everywhere adore Patrick McDonnell's charming but pointed Mutts. The strip strikes a delicate balance between lighthearted fun and social commentary-on the human condition as well as the animal world. The deceptively simple comic follows the adventures of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat, an unlikely best-friend team, and Shtinky Puddin', Sourpuss, Guard Dog, and Crabby. Patrick's distinctive cartooning style effectively relays the all-too-real concerns of his characters with entertaining, clever, laugh-out-loud banter. Infodad.com describes Mutts as "humane and funny and gentle and caring and heartfelt and-did we mention funny?" The site goes on to say that the strip "includes enough hijinks and outstanding art (yes, art!) to please anyone with a taste for animals and amusement." Mutts has been syndicated by King Features since 1994 and enjoys a circulation of more than 500 daily newspapers. Muttscomics.com, the strip's official Web site, has experienced great popularity since its launch in 2003.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mutts X--an instant comic strip classic
    Just as the other books in Patrick McDonnell's "Mutts" body of work resonate with humor, whimsy, thoughtfulness, and wit, so too does his latest compilation, "Mutts X."Mooch and Earl and their environment, causes, pals, and activities are explored using a droll eye and deft pen.It's amazing how McDonnell can communicate thought-provoking ideas through such deceptively simple characters.It's all here--again: silliness, sensibility, and sensitivity.For total Mutts immersion, be sure to check out the official website:www.muttscomics.com. ... Read more


    9. A Day at the Beach : The Ninth Sherman's Lagoon Collection
    by Jim Toomey
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    Asin: 0740751301
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 8873
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    Sherman the dim-witted shark and his cast of characters in Sherman's Lagoon provide enough laughs for a barrel of monkeys, not that they've ever seen any. The Lagoonies, as they're known to regular comic strip readers, are a motley crew-mostly of sea life-known for their acerbic humor. There's Megan, Sherman's wife (a soft-touch despite the tough exterior). Fillmore the sea turtle makes up for Sherman's lack of intellect. Hawthorne the hermit crab resides in a beer can and is always in a "crabby" mood. Ernest the fish is a computer whiz, and Thornton the polar bear stumbled upon the island while floating by on an iceberg. Captain Quigley is the only human (or "beach ape") who resides in Sherman's Lagoon. He lost his leg to Sherman and is now out for revenge, but never quite gets close enough. To round out the cast there's Bob the bottom dweller. Enough said. Readers love Sherman and his friends for their hilarious reflections of human behavior as seen through a seawater lens. Jim balances the lighthearted antics of this quirky group by promoting the importance of marine conservation. Sherman's Lagoon is quite a catch! Sherman's Lagoon has been in syndication since 1991, currently by King Features, and boasts a circulation of more than 200 daily newspapers on five continents.

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    10. Striking A Chord: A For Better or For Worse Collection
    by Lynn Johnston
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    Asin: 0740753150
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 19508
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    For 25 years, award-winning cartoonist Lynn Johnston has attracted new readers and intrigued longtime fans with her uniquely humorous stories and drawings in For Better or For Worse. During that time, more than 30 books based on the daily comic strip have sold in excess of 1.6 million copies. Striking a Chord continues that impressive record, delivering the latest For Better or For Worse collection just in time for spring. Johnston's acclaimed strip centers on the everyday life of a Canadian family, humorously portraying both the good and the not-so-good events that are shared by the Patterson clan and their extended family of friends and neighbors. Parents Elly and John; children Michael and his wife, Deanna, Elizabeth, and April; Grandpa Jim; and dogs Edgar and Dixie all live out the joys and complexities of modern life. From parents apprehensively facing their fifties and a young couple tackling new parenthood to a young woman confronting career choices and a girl's loss of a beloved pet, Striking a Chord brings compassion, understanding, and a lighthearted touch to every human interaction. This collection includes cartoons from November 2002 through July 2003.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner
    I am such a huge fan of the For Better of For Worse cartoons. Lynn Johnston always does such a wonderful job of bringing everyday family life into focus while maintaining some degree of "funny".

    This little book is no exception. Featuring all of the members of the family, this book is a wonderful look at the more recent strips.Even a little look at Farley and Mr. B. (which kind of still brought tears to my eyes).

    The only comment I have that is negative is that these books are so small, only takes about 30 minutes to go through it.I feel as though I just start it and poof its finished.

    Still, the quality is there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as usual
    This book is fantastic as is all of her fborfw books. highly recommended. No complaints. ... Read more


    11. Public Enemy #2 : An All-New Boondocks Collection (Boondocks Collection)
    by AARON MCGRUDER
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    Asin: 1400082587
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 3306
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars This cartoon is getting too hip-hop and too political
    Sure, being political and hip-hop has always been the standard of The Boondocks, but when it gets so extremely focused on the outside world of black celebrities and politicians it just gets boring.
    There's very few times when the reader actually gets to know the characters' personalities becuase they're always talking about black actors, rappers, or the Bush administration. There are hardly ever any moments with plots involving the characters themselves in personal situations, so when do we really get to know them?
    I'm a liberal who has some pretty good knowledge of hip-hop culture, but I still find that The Boondocks has just become very one sided by showing things from the single point of perspective of a left-wing African American.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent comic
    I am wild about Aaron McGruder. He captures the very essence of political satire with his adorable characters in the Boondocks.I have watched him on Bill Maher and can certainly see why he has remained so popular.Huey and Cesar often ponder a world in which the Democrats regained control of the country, but realize that Kerry was just a punk.Grandad's crusty ways make me laugh every morning on the way to work, and Riley's thug attitude brings it all back to Earth, proving that even the most serious political pundit can have a sense of humor and still get his point across.I also think Aaron McGruder is hot. ... Read more


    12. Understanding Comics
    by Scott McCloud
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    Asin: 006097625X
    Catlog: Book (1994-04-27)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 7032
    Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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    A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time." ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps ever so slightly overrated...
    I appreciate the innovation of writing a book about comics in comic-book style. It's a clever, winning idea. Perhaps it would have worked a bit better if McCloud himself were a better draftsman, or if there had been more (and better-quality) reproductions of other artists' work.

    The writing here is uneven. Some chapters, including "Blood in the gutter" and "Time Frames," are very effective and very specific, with strong insights into the nuts-and-bolts of comic techniques. Another chapter, "The Vocabulary of Comics" -- which uses a big triangle graph to encompass the whole of range of comics art -- is quite insightful but, at the same time, oversimplifies a bit, I fear. I'm not saying McCloud's assertions aren't necessarily true, but he might have put himself on surer ground with some of the language/symbol ideas by getting more heavily into semiotics theory, etc. And maybe here is where the light-hearted tone and comic-book style starts to undercut his intellectual accomplishment. I understand the book isn't meant to be a doctoral thesis, but still, it has high ambitions, and the structure of the book must be subordinated to the loftiness of its aspirations. Chapter 7, which attempts to relate all of artistic achievement into a unified whole, is one of the least satisfying, because it is frankly pretentious and rather gooey, non-specific, in its assertions.

    Don't get me wrong. There is a lot of good insight in "Understanding Comics," and I wouldn't debate that it's an essential read for anyone interested in the topic. But it also feels like sort of a primer, a survey. Each one of the chapters could itself be the subject of a whole book. In other words, "Understanding Comics" has impressive breadth but not as much depth as one might want.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More people should read this!
    Scott McCloud does a fantastic job explaining the history, potential, and inner workings of comics as a medium. I was especially impressed with his concise descriptions of visual theory and its particular applications to comics. Occasionally I felt that McCloud's treatment of a topic could have been more fleshed-out (the chapter on color, for example, or his concluding idea of comics as a particularly good form of communication) or that he made some unnecessary generalizations (his definition of art was a bit trite and even misleading). On the whole, though, McCloud's ideas are sophisticated and he is able to communicate them with surprising eloquence to both the art historian and the general public. In fact, though I am an art historian, I learned a good deal from this book.

    McCloud's decision to use the comic format to present his ideas is ingenious, and I doubt that prose alone would have been able to deliver his messages with such clarity. The one drawback to the format is that I fear it will only appeal to those who already value comics, and that as a result those who most need to hear what McCloud has to say never will!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Comic as both Art and Science
    Disregard the Sanchez Review. If it is not fiction, Mr. Sanchez has no interest in it. This is a most interesting book that adds to the legitimacy of the comic book as literature and an art/science. A plus to collectors and readers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best text book on comics around.
    This was required reading in the cartooning program at the School of Visual Arts and with good reason. Clear, informative and never dry, McCloud provides the best reference to understanding the principals of constructing comics without delving into drawing lessons, an area already sufficiently covered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Enlightening Read
    Even as a lifelong reader of many types of comics (superheroes, Asterix, underground, manga, etc.) this book was a revelation. McCloud has a gife for explaining the why's and how's of sequential art in a way that kept my attention through the whole book. As a professional artist and multimedia developer, the concepts McCloud puts forth regarding human perception of two-dimensional sequential art have helped bring me to a new level and I have recommended this book to others in my field who have found it equally useful and fascinating.

    And if any of you comic readers know people who mercilessly rag on you for being a geek, this book just might shut them up. ... Read more


    13. Bucky Katt's Big Book Of Fun : A Get Fuzzy Treasury (Get Fuzzy)
    by Darby Conley
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    Asin: 0740741365
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 617
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Get Fuzzy collections are flying off the shelves: More than 500,000 copies have been sold to date. And Bucky Katt's Big Book of Fun, the second full-color treasury of the outrageous antics featuring Bucky, Satchel, and Rob, is sure to attract more readers of the strip voted Best Comic Strip of 2002 by the National Cartoonists Society.Behold the world of Get Fuzzy. Meet Bucky Katt, the Siamese smart-ass who coexists under protest with Satchel Pooch, the sweet-tempered shar-pei/Lab mix, and Rob Wilco, the human who keeps the refrigerator stocked. Each day in 400 newspapers around the world readers visit the place where cats, dogs, and humans meet and learn a little bit more about each other-not necessarily by choice. By turns hilarious, poignant, and even human, Get Fuzzy is the smartest, funniest comic strip in newspapers today. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get Fuzzy: Simply The Best Strip Currently Running
    I have loved 'Get Fuzzy' from the first time I saw it. This is a compilation of some of Darby Conley's best strips; they are a joy to read and bring laughter into a frazzled day. The interaction of Rob, Satchel, and Bucky is a national treasure.

    I particularly appreciate the tone of the strip in addressing social ills without being preachy, while still honoring the good things in America. Particularly noteworthy is the honor Mr. Conley bestows on the NYPD, EMS, and fire fighters throughout his strips, particularly post-9/11. I also appreciate his sensitivity in honoring the passing of truly significant people such as Douglas Adams (the '42' strip is wonderful), and Fred Rogers.

    This is one of the most entertaining books on my bookshelf, and I treasure it. I could not recommend a book of comic strips more highly. Buy it: it'll make your day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compilation book.
    I wish I'd known in advance that this is a compilation of the last two compilation books--The Get Fuzzy Experience and Blueprint for Disaster, both of which I already own! That being said, if you haven't read these already, they are hilarious, as all of the Get Fuzzy books are.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
    get fuzzy is the greatest comic stript that is not the greatest.
    the coolicity factor of this book is high

    4-0 out of 5 stars Funny.
    I really like Get Fuzzy. It's my second favorite pet strip behind Pooch Cafe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I just loved this book
    Another addition to my Get Fuzzy collection. These are books I am sure I will read over and over again.

    This (and the other get fuzzy books) are perfect for people who love dogs and cats. :D ... Read more


    14. The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958
    by Charles M. Schulz
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    Asin: 1560976705
    Catlog: Book (2005-10)
    Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    Sales Rank: 15125
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    The New York Times best-selling series continues!

    The Complete Peanuts will run 25 volumes, collecting two years chronologically at a rate of two a year for twelve years. Each volume is designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken) and features impeccable production values; every single strip from Charles M. Schulz's 50-year American classic is reproduced better than ever before. ... Read more


    15. Attack Of The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
    by Bill Watterson
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    Asin: 0836218833
    Catlog: Book (1992-01-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 832
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Adventures with "the incurable weirdness poster child"
    "Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons," by Bill Watterson, is a collection of comic strip adventures of Calvin, the feisty schoolboy, and his companion Hobbes, a stuffed tiger. The strips generally form short stories within the book. The book's title refers to one of these storylines, in which Calvin creates a mutant snow man which in turn creates an army of similar creatures. Other storylines involve Calvin getting chicken pox; his creation of his own TV show; and his club known as GROSS (a warped acronym for "Get Rid Of Slimy girlS").

    The C&H stories are great because they are funny celebrations of the power of a child's imagination. Calvin assumes such alternate identities as sci-fi hero Spaceman Spiff, caped superhero Stupendous Man, and private eye Tracer Bullet. Often the humor comes from the clash of Calvin's fantasies with the reality around him. The stuffed Hobbes, through the power of Calvin's imagination, becomes both a comrade and a great foil for the boy; their wacky relationship is one of the most memorable in the comic strip genre.

    Calvin is an academic underachiever, rebel, performance artist, disgruntled philosopher, and all-around bringer of chaos -- although his playmate/rival Susie refers to him as "the incurable weirdness poster child." Whether discovering a new dinosaur species (the "Calvinosaurus") or evading the dreaded monster under the bed, Calvin is hilarious. And you've got to love a comic that cites the U.S. Bill of Rights. "Attack" is a great book both for C&H fans and for newcomers to this excellent comic strip.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest collections of comics ever!
    This is one of the best Calvin and Hobbes books. Bill writes about a 6 year boy who, with his imagination, brings his stuffed tiger to life and in this book a snowman, too. The snowman makes other snowmen and calvin takes care of this in his own funny way, though his parents never believe him.

    Bill Watterson is one of the best comic writers ever. His writing demonstrates what every kid must have thought about at Calvin's age. I think Bill should not have stopped writing Sunday comics. We shall all miss them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars gas pedal for a foot locker kicks off
    i used to think that "the days are just packed" was the best C&H book but when i bought this one,i knew that it was the best."attack of the deranged muntant killer monster snow goons" has some of the most funny comics i have ever read. this book contains:the attack of the snow goons,the 'calvin show',calvin's late school project,and the "noodle incident".this is clearly the best. my favorite part in this book was the 'calvin show' where he cut some cardboard up and put his face in it and his dad said he'd prefer the tv with the volume control. yeah. that was hilarious.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my absolute favorite
    Bar none, the deranged mutant killer snow goons are my favorite of all of Calvin's imaginary nemeses. The artwork and story lines are the best continuous comics that the very badly-missed Bill Watterson created. The snow goons arise and the battles begin. And, once again, who bears the brunt of this war? Calvin's parents who can't help but wonder how their son turned out the way he did. This is a wonderful collection that I turn to whenever I feel like a six year old besieged by the mutant killer snow goons in the world.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to my standards from Watterson
    I'm as big of a C&H fan as anyone else out there, but somehow this one doesn't seem to compare to the other books. Not as funny, not as meaningful. Buy it to complete your collection, and for a few laughs, but other than that, its only ok. ... Read more


    16. The Complete Far Side
    by Steve Martin, Gary Larson
    list price: $135.00
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    Asin: 0740721135
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    Gary Larson calls The Complete Far Side, the massive two-volume collection of his Far Side cartoons, an "18-pound hernia giver." Sure to give any coffee table a solid workout, the handsome and heavy 1,272-page "legacy book" is a must for fervent fans; over 4,300 single-panel comics with more than half in color and 1,100 that have not appeared in any book form before (the popular--and far less weighty--paperback collections).

    Set in rough chronological order, the comics share pages with occasional letters from fans, detractors, editors, folks made famous by a particular cartoon, and those begging for explanations. Though few explanations are provided (Larson personally supplies merely one, plus a single apology), this collection helps answer the inevitable "how do you think up these things" conundrum. Before each year's cartoons, Larson provides insight with essays about his childhood, various travels, occupational hazards, and his official rules for dealing with bedtime monsters (which often turned out to be his older brother). Most wonderful is the first essay on how the comic started. (His longtime editor Jake Morrissey's long introduction is a must read on The Far Side's story).

    Despite no central characters, it's easy to spot patterns in Larson's wild and wacky cartoons. Animals, insects, and inanimate objects often exhibit all-too-human impulses. Larson's subjects are often in scenes of peril--disasters, visits to hell, and perhaps a hundred cartoons set on a one-palm tree deserted island. It is what Larson's fertile imagination mined from those situations that created fans and enemies for 14 years. (Larson retired at his peak and then went into jazz music). The comics are not indexed (how could they be--first lines? listings of cartoons with cows?); finding a favorite requires a great memory for its publication date. Best simply to peruse the pages of this beautiful collection in which you will certainly find more than a few new chuckles before landing on your beloved Larson sketch. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh 'til the cows come home...
    A truly amazing piece of modern literature... if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this collection is worth 4.3 million of 'em! If you've been a Larson fan, then you know what you're in for... whacky animals and insects that are usually smarter than their human counterparts, light handed commentary on the workings of life and nature, and an incredible wit that captures appeals to everyone and offends no one (except maybe cows or chickens). These cartoons will take you back to where you were the first time you read them.

    If you've never read Larson, then you need to pick up this collection immediately (be careful and don't hurt your back... 18 pounds of books is a heavy load). Enjoy the fit and finish of the slipcase and covers of the books. Feel the weight of the high-quality artbook-grade coated paper, smell the fresh ink... and then dig in to the BEST cartoons ever created!

    This collection is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY you spend on it. I have every Larson book ever published, and they don't hold a candle to these books. The introductions to the individual chapters are worth the price alone. Because of this collection, the Far Side will be enjoyed by future generations to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 20 Lbs. of forgotten humor!
    I'm not kidding when I say make sure your coffee table is sturdy and your postal delivery person is hernia-free, this two volume collected work of Gary Larson's THE FAR SIDE is amazing..amazingly heavy. But, despair not valiant reader, the pain of this massive tome digging into your thighs as you meander through it's pages is at best causing severe nerve damage and at the very least taking you away from the horribly crushing depression that you suffer most of the time anyway. Why, do you say? Becuase Mr. Larson has devoted his entire life, all thirteen years of it, to drawing poorly constructed, one-frame cartoons, that are sure to make you either giggle or guffaw, with enough of the good ol' "oh my God, that's sick" thrown in for balance. Let's face it, you need this. Seriously. Yes, you. C'mon, your looks are fading, the years havn't been kind, and you are starting to smell funny. Wouldn't it be nice if you could somehow, magically, travel back in time, thirteen years ago, when your teenage dreams were brought to life in every new paperback edition of THE FAR SIDE? Remember how mad you were at your parents when they threw them all out, along with you, after you dropped out of the technical college for the third time? Well, you'll show them now. YOU'LL SHOW ALL OF THEM!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bodacious
    First of all, you'll need to take steriods just to lift this collection. But it's worth every pound. The quality is remarkable, with color cartoons and brilliant and witty comments every now and then. The detractors who've written into the papers over the years also make an appearance, looking more foolish than ever. If you're one for great humor (think Sedaris in his "Me Talk Pretty" or McCrae in his "Bark of the Dogwood"), humor that is sometimes dark and multi-layered, then you'll love Gary Larson. This, of course, if you've never been exposed to him, in which case you're probably fodder for one of his cartoons. A++++++ material and presentation on this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Far Side
    What can I say everyone else hasn't? Except if you like the Far Side this is the one to get.

    5-0 out of 5 stars laughter!!
    When I started reading and liking the far side 1 year ago, I said that I would get this one when I earned enough money and I earned the money I needed and I bought this at costco and I was on the floor laughing for about an hour or so because it was so funny and now I am on book 2 of the set and I have to say that if you are a far side fan that Gary Larson did the right thing by creating this and if you are a fan this is the far side item for you!!! :) ... Read more


    17. Playboy: 50 Years: The Cartoons
    by Hugh M. Hefner
    list price: $50.00
    our price: $31.50
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    Asin: 0811839761
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Sales Rank: 2554
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    For 50 years, Playboy magazine has showcased the world's best and brightest cartoonists. Their spectacular stable of artists includes luminaries such as Buck Brown, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Doug Sneyd, Gahan Wilson, and hundreds of others. Hip subversives and sly revolutionaries all, Playboy's artists have continually proffered a sophisticated brand of humor sorely missing in other men’s magazines. Now, Playboy celebrates its golden anniversary with this glorious collection of the finest and funniest cartoons. Handpicked by Hugh M. Hefner himself, the pages are filled with the distillation of the entire cartoon archive, offering insightful commentary on topics from the sexual revolution to relationships, money, and politics. More than 450 cartoons feature sweet young things, terrible tarts, winsome wives, suitors, and studs -- a riotous chronicle of five decades of Playboy cartoons. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fifty years of fun.
    It's nice to see a book of coffee-table proportions just devoted to cartoons, well why not? Previous Playboy books have covered the history of the magazine, the delightful Playmates and now the cartoons. The 450 plus illustrations are the work of 107 cartoonists and if you are a regular reader of the magazine you'll see your favorites. Gahan Wilson has the most (thirty-two) followed by regulars like Eldon Dedini, John Demsey, Alden Erikson, Kiraz, Roy Raymonde, Doug Sneyd (he of the flamboyant signature, which I was never able to decipher until now) Erich Sokol and between these, dozens of great artists who have maybe one or two works each. The humor might not be the wonderful ironic style of the New Yorker but it is amazing how many fresh takes can be created with the bachelor lifestyle.

    This is a handsomely produced book, printed on thick glossy paper which, nicely, allows you to really appreciate just how good some of these artists are. My favorite, Jack Davis, unfortunately only has four shown, Richard Taylor has a super picture on page ten, an art gallery where he has created several Picasso type paintings, Doug Sneyd, Phil Interlandi and Dedini are all brilliant draughtsmen and Shel Silverstein can create so much with so little line and color.

    However I was a bit disappointed with this book, as another reviewer has commented, there is no indication of when the cartoons appeared and I wish the publishers had gone the extra mile and perhaps devoted some space throughout the pages for a photo and biography of the regulars, some of these guys have been with Playboy for years. Someone though, at least, did have the foresight to compile an Artists index and a useful Order of appearance list, both of which are in the back pages.

    Clearly a wonderful book for the bedside table if your date didn't turn up, try laughing yourself to sleep.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not enough Yeagle !!!!
    I enjoyed seeing the work of some of my favorite cartoon
    artist...together in one book. Some I had forgotten about.
    It cetainly must have been difficult to narrow down the
    selection with so many great cartoons over the years.
    However, I was disappointed not to see more of one of my
    very favorites.....Dean Yeagle. There is one cartoon of his
    in the book...and it is also on the cover...the showgirls
    and earrings cartoon.
    Mr.Yeagle does excellent work....just check out his website..
    www.bellefree.com.....His Mandy pinup girl is adorable!
    I would love to see an all Dean Yeagle book published !!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars nice book, but...
    First of all this book is printed on excellent paper & is well done except for one thing. there is no way to tell what year the cartoons are from. They should have had chapters. 1950`s 1960`s ect so you know what era they are from ... Read more


    18. How Not To Become A Little Old Lady
    by Mary McHugh
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    Asin: 0740722131
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 20610
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    We've all seen her. She's hunched forward, her blue hair is tucked neatly under a plastic rain bonnet, she's clutching expired coupons, and she's discussing her latest health problems over lunch. She's a little old lady . . . and she's coming your way at 2 m.p.h. Little old ladies have elastic waistbands on all their slacks. They save rubber bands, remember 15-cent McDonald's hamburgers, and have never seen a public rest room that was clean enough. How Not to Become a Little Old Lady is for any woman who is proud to have escaped little old ladyhood, and it's the perfect, lighthearted gift to give women in danger of slipping into those awful little old lady tendencies. The charming illustrations from Adrienne Hartman perfectly capture the senior syndrome. Say good-bye to little old ladies who pass off their liver spots as beauty marks and say hello to this fresh and fun gift book.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest book ever written
    I have never read a better, and funnier book. I read it over and over again. I gave it to all of my friends and they loved it as well. It gave me hours of entertainment. The Illustrations by Adrienne Hartman were exquisite. I laughed at every single one until my eyes teared. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cute book, delightfully illustrated!
    This book hits home and I'm only 48! Funny book and I think it would make a great gift, especially for a friend's birthday. I could find a use for a dozen copies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For everyone who dreads Little Old Ladyhood
    I loved this book and the wonderful illustrations by Adrienne Hartman. I laughed a lot at the things Little Old Ladies do, and I'm going to buy more copies to give to my women friends who are definitely not Little Old Ladies and don't want to be. I know a lot of people who describe their vacations by what they ate though! This is a perfect hostess gift and it would also be an ideal gift for Mother's Day. ... Read more


    19. The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker
    list price: $60.00
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    Asin: 1579123228
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
    Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
    Sales Rank: 43
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    More than a book, this is a bona fide publishing event. The largest-ever collection of New Yorker cartoons features the best of every decade in book form, plus two easy-to-browse CDs--Windows and Macintosh compatible--with every cartoon ever published in the magazine--more than 68,000 of them!

    Since its founding in the 1920s, The New Yorker has had a profound cultural impact on the country and the world, and has almost singlehandedly elevated the cartoon to an art form. For the first time ever, EVERY cartoon ever published in The New Yorker is collected in one place.

    Accompanying the cartoons in the book, several thousand of them organized chronologically, are essays by eminent New Yorker writers reflecting on the life and times (and sense of humor) of each successive decade. Additionally, each decade includes profiles and mini-portfolios of the cartoonists who made their marks on the era, from Peter Arno and Charles Addams to Bruce Eric Kaplan and Roz Chast. "Theme" features cover such subjects as Drinking, The Depression, and Politics.

    The two accompanying CDs feature every cartoon ever published in the magazine in a format that is accessible on any home computer and is browsable by date, cartoonist, subject, and more. This groundbreaking book, several years in the making, has been lovingly compiled by current New Yorker cartoon editor (and respected cartoonist and author) Robert Mankoff, and the foreword is by David Remnick, the magazine's esteemed editor.
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    20. Looking At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter
    by DonaldPalmer
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    Asin: 076740596X
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-28)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 246599
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Organized historically and augmented by more than 400 cartoons designed to make teaching and learning more fun, this lighthearted work born of serious scholarship can be used as a core text or as a supplement in introductory courses. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy introduction to philosophy: fun, yet serious
    Neutrality does not exist, everyone has his own ideas. The author of this book belongs to the faith of Postmodern Skepticism. Except for the emphasis on postmodern or feminist thinkers, Palmer remains balanced. The exposition of philosophical ideas is not oversimplified. This is not the case of the lovely book "Sophie's World", by the Lutheran Christian J. Gaarder, where the oversimplification sometimes turns into incorrectness. Gaarder's book is yet an excellent choice for those who would prefer to discover the history of philosophy by reading a charming novel written in the style of "Alice in the wonderland".

    Palmer's treatment is good. I wish he had not remained silent about Jewish thinkers such as some writers of the Old Testament , Philo, Jesus Christ and his apostles, given the considerrable impact of Jewish thought on the West. The book is illustrated by many drawings that are really fun. This is the best introduction to the history of philosophy that I know among those books that are not too boring or too heavy).


    As for a systematical introduction to the ideas of philosophy, I can only recommend "Introduction to philosophy", by Norman L Geisler. The author honestly and clearly presents himself as a Christian and also concludes each chapter with a Christian view, yet most systematically brings all points of views on all issues in all chapters, and gives all the arguments and counter-arguments, and also many references. Whereas Palmer's other book "Does the center hold?", is defineltely postmodern/skeptical, yet in a hidden way, which may be misleading for a beginner in the field.


    For those who want to read deeper thoughts written by current Professors of philosophy, I can recommend the books of James P Moreland, William Craig and Norman Geisler. (especially Geisler's book on logic: "Come, let us reason"). (these guys are Christians, but brilliant).

    I think Palmer's "Looking at philosophy" can bring a lot of enlightenment and fun to the readers and also incite them to embark for some adventure in the philosophical lands. Let us hope they will be willing to read more and explore all these mind-bogling landscapes..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Tough stuff made easy
    This book is hilarious. But it't not silly or simplistic. Don Palmer has a great talent for drawing funny cartoons teaching philosophy and describing difficult concepts quite easily. This book covers most philosophers fom the entire history of philosophy, from Thales to Derrida. What makes the book great is that, unlike other comic philosophy books, it consists of a lot of written text (very simple to understand, but accurate and informative!), while the cartoons are just on the side to help exemplify and remember a point that is explained in the text. And the cartoons are funny! Palmer draws such statements as "God is not in time" or "Edmund Husserl performing an Epoche on a coffee cup." Another bonus is that the book has an easy-to-understand glossary and an index. It's a great introduction to the history of philosophy, and also a terrific guide for the advanced student of philosophy who needs to quickly look up a given concept (e.g., Locke's metaphysics) he doesn't fully remember.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that gets you thinking and keeps you laughing
    This book got me to look at philosophy more... It's a great book if you just need a reference, without a lot of analysis by critics, or the actual philosophers themselves, which can get mind-numbing at times. It's great to get, if just for the cartoons (you end up having to read the text to make sense out of most of the cartoons). But no, I don't know if I can explain the naked-male-prostitute-riding-on-a-bicyle cartoon, which is actually in here (and not a figment of my imagination). But don't let that keep you from buying...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good primer
    I use this textbook as an introductory guide to Philosophy at a small state college. The students like it, and can actually get through it, and yet it is smart, and doesn't dumb down big ideas.

    This book is just wonderful, and the author even has a sense of humor. From this, we go on to Seinfeld and Philosophy, and finally Cohen's book A Philosophical Approach to Jokes, if that's the right name. Of these, Palmer's book is far and away the most helpful.

    I wish there was just a little bit more about the importance of these ideas as they are reflected in the polis. For instance, he goes through the ideas of Hobbes but doesn't talk about where they lead, or the social implications of his ideas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best philosophy book ever!
    ...P>I read this book when I was in eighth grade. Granted some of it was a little abstract for me, but I loved the way it presented everything in a straightforward manner. I wish that I didn't lose my copy of it, because I want to reference it now that I am in college! ... Read more


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