See You in the Funny Pages

My family subscribed to the daily newspaper when I was a child, including the extra large Sunday edition, complete with the color comic strip section. This was the only part that I read at the time. While I did enjoy stretching out and leisurely perusing the latest Bloom CountyCathy, Garfield, MarmadukeHagar the Horrible, and Family Circus, I really am not nostalgic for the vast amounts of paper garbage that it left behind. Now I get my daily dose of the latest news online, Apps on my phone, NPR, and evening TV. I fill my funny pages void in another way.

puncherDragon Puncher by James Kochalka. This is one of my favorite books. I brought this home for my kids and it was a huge hit. When I brought it back to the library, I made all of my coworkers read it. Yes, it’s in the Children’s Department – so? No, I don’t think I’ll give you a synopsis, you’ll just have to read it. I wish I could read this book out loud to all of you right now. I do a great Spoony-E.
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HellboyHellboy by Mike Mignola. Funny ha-ha AND funny weird. Two great tastes that taste great together. This series is about a red guy who is in a secret U.S. government program to defeat the Nazis. It has lots of supernatural Lovecraftian (a real word) things, plus lots of wry comments. It has been adapted for two movies, but read the original – the original is almost always better, and in this case, is much, much better.
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calCalvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Comic strips are like short stories, a satisfying whole in bite-sized chunks. I however, cannot get enough of Calvin and Hobbes. Amusing tales told through the eyes of a rambunctious boy and his stuffed tiger. A modern day Winnie-the-Pooh, but so much funnier.
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goreyAmphigorey by Edward Gorey. I urge you to read everything by Gorey. Read his biographies as well. The man is as unusual as his work. It’s funny, and creepy, and weird, and icky. Kids love this stuff. If you love this, try Gahan Wilson as well.
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beanworldBeanworld by Larry Marder. I am so glad this was republished, for your sake. Marder uses the fact that the piece of paper in your hand is two-dimensional, and creates a  funny and quirky world. Hoka Hoka Hey!
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So I am no longer able to press Silly Putty on the newspaper to get the image. It ruined the Silly Putty anyway.

-Joelle

A day of comics, a day of giving. Click here to learn how you can support the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on October 3rd.

DoG2013

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6 responses to “See You in the Funny Pages

  1. Thanks for hyping Beanworld, one of my favorite under-appreciated comics. Brilliant!

  2. That’s the part I read and enjoyed as a child, too! My favorite was The Family Circus. :)

  3. Love, love, love James Kochalka! And it’s called DRAGON PUNCHER? Who DOESN’T want to read that? ;)

    Leigh Anne

  4. ZZMike

    Calvin & Hobbes is possibly the best cartoon series ever. For #2, Pogo (but it’s dated – a lot depends on the times it was written in – but the artwork is very good).

  5. lizzy

    My childhood too! Was going to mention the Silly Putty but you beat me too it!

  6. Pingback: Comic Reviews - Review: "Johnny Boo and the Mean Little Boy" and "Dragon Puncher", James Kochalka - Kittysneezes

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