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MUTTS Sunday Mornings: A MUTTS Treasury
Patrick McDonnell - 2001
The colors are delicately applied, a visual feast. In short, not only is this tome exemplary of the cartoonist's art, it is similarly an exemplar of the printer's. A well-made book." - Comics Buyer's Guide, on MUTTS' first Sunday treasury, MUTTS SundaysMUTTS is known for its straight-forward, delightful artwork, its positive messages, and, of course, the antics of its charming furry protagonists, Earl the dog and Mooch the cat. But MUTTS has also garnered praise for its creative and colorful Sunday strips.Sunday Mornings is a collection of MUTTS Sunday strips hand-picked by creator Patrick McDonnell. Monday through Saturday, readers of every generation have wide-ranging reasons why they love MUTTS. But Sunday is a special visual adventure. The logo panel is almost a strip unto itself, often paying homage to cartooning of yesteryear, with Mooch and Earl in a comic book cover tribute or parodying a strip from decades gone by. Some readers may have never seen the logo panel, since they are sometimes dropped for space. Those cheated readers, as well as those who have come to love MUTTS' special Sunday full-color strips, will cherish this vibrant collection.
The Complete Peanuts, 1975-1978
Charles M. Schulz - 2010
Schulz’s astounding half-century run on the greatest comic strip of all time. These years are especially fecund in terms of new canine characters, as Snoopy is joined by his wandering brother Spike(from Needles), his beloved sister Belle (from Kansas City), and... did you know he had a nephew? In other beagle news,Snoopy breaks his foot and spends six weeks in a cast, deals with his friend Woodstock’s case of the “the vapors,” and gets involved in a heated love triangle with Linus over the girl “Truffles.” The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 features several other long stories, including a rare “double track” sequence with two parallel narratives: Peppermint Patty and Snoopy travel to participate in the Powderpuff Derby, while Charlie Brown finally gets to meet his idol Joe Shlabotnik. And Peppermint Patty switches to a private school, but commits the mistake of allowing Snoopy to pick it for her; only after graduation does she realize something’s not quite right! Plus: A burglary at Peppermint Patty’s house is exacerbated by waterbed problems... Marcie acquires an unwanted suitor...Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty become desk partners... The talking school building collapses... Lots of tennis jokes...and gags starring Schroeder, Lucy, Franklin, Rerun, Sally, and that vicious cat next door. It’s another two years of Peanuts at its finest! Featuring an introduction by comedian Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Saturday Night Live).The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978:As the 1970s wind down, the last two recurring Peanuts characters have fallen into place: Snoopy’s brother Spike and the youngest Van Pelt sibling,Rerun. But that doesn’t mean Schulz’s creativity has diminished; in fact, this volume features an amazing profusion of hilariously distinctive new one- (or two-) shot characters! For instance, in an epic five-week sequence, when Charlie Brown, found guilty by the EPA of biting the Kite-Eating tree, he goes on the lam and ends up coaching the “Goose Eggs,” a group of diminutive baseball players,Austin, Ruby, Leland, and —did you know there was a second Black Peanuts character, aside from Franklin?—Milo. Also: a tennis-playing Snoopy ends up reluctantly teamed with the extreme Type “A” athlete Molly Volley... who then reappears later in the book, now facing off against her nemesis, “Crybaby” Boobie. (Honest!) Add in Sally’s new camp friend Eudora, the thuggish “caddymaster” who shoots down Peppermint Patty and Marcie’s new vocation, an entire hockey team, and a surprise repeat appearance by Linus’s sweetheart “Truffles” (creating a love triangle with Sally), all in addition to the usual cast of beloved characters(including the talking schoolhouse and the doghouse-jigsawing cat, who gets ahold of Linus’s blanket in this one), and you’ve got a veritable crowd of characters. Introduction by 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin.It’s another four years of the greatest comic strip of all time, full of laughs and surprises.
Pearls Takes a Wrong Turn: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
Stephan Pastis - 2018
Always together—and sometimes with their fellow funny-page characters—the regular Pearls clan weighs in on everything from modern technology to current events to human nature. All the members of the skewed gang are here as Zebra engages in a never-ending war of neighborly hate with the Crocs. As always, Goat offers a voice of reason amid the ongoing chaos that Pastis creates, either from behind the pen or as a character within the strip itself. Includes all cartoons from the collections I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck and Floundering Fathers.
101 Ways to Kill Your Boss
Graham Roumieu - 2007
101 WAYS TO KILL YOUR BOSS is a chance to let go of those moments of rage and frustration and laugh. A gleeful exploration of those darker moments we'd all much rather NOT have, but all do, it is sure to be the humour bestseller of 2007.
Jef Mallett - 2008
And boy does he make his first appearance count. --The Bob and Tom Radio ShowNominated by the National Cartoonist Society as Best Comic Strip, Jef Mallett's Frazz follows the life of Bryson Elementary School janitor and hit-songwriting-wonder Edwin Frazier. An all-round Renaissance man, role model, and friend rolled into one, Frazz feels as comfortable philosophizing with the students as he is with the teachers and principal.Always placing an emphasis on the importance of seizing opportunities to learn and grow, Frazz is a family favorite and multiple-year recipient of the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council for excellence in communicating values and ethics.
More Red Meat: The Second Collection of Red Meat Cartoons
Max Cannon - 1998
Featured in sixty alternative weeklies and college newspapers, representing a combined readership of more than six million, Red Meat has a fervent and loyal fan base. Max Cannon also has an official Red Meat web site, which averages 30,000 page views per week. It was honored with a Cyber Star award from Virtual City magazine.
Zits 13: Pierced
Jerry Scott - 2008
One of Jeremy's best friends and the drummer in the band, Pierce's audacious body art gives all of the outward signs of a fierce nonconformist kid living on the edge. But beneath the metal and tattoo ink lies the soul of the caring, loyal friend and animal lover within. Or as Jeremy describes him, "Face of silver, heart of gold."
Teen Titans Go! (2013-) Vol. 2: Welcome to the Pizza Dome
Sholly Fisch - 2016
2: WELCOME TO THE PIZZA DOME, from writers SHOLLY FISCH (THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD), MERRILL HAGAN (THE ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN), AMY WOLFRAM (TV'S TEEN TITANS GO!) and artists BEN BATES (SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION), LEA HERNANDEZ (KILLER PRINCESSES) and more!
Garfield Vol. 5
Mark Evanier - 2014
This volume follows the Fat Cat as he gets caught in a time warp, battles monsters both in the forest and under the bed, and faces two of his greatest foes: the Calzone Creature and Zombie Meatballs! Collects issues #17-20.
Avengers Magazine (2015-) #1
Marvel celebrates the greatest super-team the world has ever known with a magazine-sized extravaganza! Meet the creative legend who helped start it all, Jack Kirby, as we look back at his first year of Avengers artistry! Relive the history of Earth's Mightiest Heroes with a series of probing character profiles! Explore the Avengers' creative history with "Earth's Mightiest Interview," a roundtable with some of the greatest writers in the team's history, and have your mind blown by a gallery of all-time great Avengers artist John Buscema's finest work! All this and more, including a countdown of the greatest Avengers stories of all time! Earth's Mightiest Magazine is distributed free in April!
All Over Coffee
Paul Madonna - 2007
Accustomed to the familiar formats of comic strips and cartoons, some readers struggled to understand a creation that seemed to live both within and beyond those boundaries. All Over Coffee blends the timing of comics with the depth of poetry. Artist and writer Paul Madonna has fused art, literature, and comics by pairing timeless cityscapes with philosophical musings and poignant stories in masterfully rendered ink-wash drawings that surpass the art of Ben Katchor in elegance and architectural detail. His work has been compared to “a meeting of the tone of Edward Gorey, the uniqueness of Chris Ware, and the artfulness of Raymond Pettibon.”Quirky, whimsical, and often profound, All Over Coffee’s stunning imagery and thoughtful writing combine to create a conceptual world, both dreamlike and familiar. This selection will delight anyone who has ever lived in or visited San Francisco—or dreamed of doing so—with its original, off-the-beaten-path view of the city and its inhabitants. Paul Madonna moved to San Francisco and began to self-publish comics after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University’s fine arts program and an internship at MAD magazine. In 2002 he launched his incredibly popular website, www.paulmadonna.com, posting a new cartoon each week. In 2004 the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com picked up his strip “All Over Coffee,” which continues to appear weekly.
Age Happens: Garfield Hits the Big 4-0
Jim Davis - 2018
Even Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda gets into the act by composing the book’s foreword. This commemorative collection of birthday comic strips—plus a ton of other festive fun—is a gift for Garfield fans of all ages!