I’m a committed fan of comics. There’s some legendary cartoon collections out there.  Sappy, silly or satirical ~ they’re all on the far side of funny.

The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson

The color and black/white drawings remind me of the joys and frustrations of childhood.  One dirty-tricks-imaginative little boy and his anthropomorphic sidekick take you along on their flights of fantasy and misadventures with just about everyone. Including, of course, Miss Wormwood, who drinks Maalox straight from the bottle.



The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker edited by Robert Mankoff is chock full of the Best of the Best.

As famous for its cartoons as its prose, the New Yorker magazine has published them since the 1920s.  My favorite contributor? The exclamation-point-exceptional genius ~ Roz Chast.  She defuses the anxieties of life with snapshots of what we think but never say out loud and comforts us about our own fears.


Mad Art: A Visual Celebration of the Art of Mad Magazine and The Idiots Who Create It by Mark Evanier

Mad magazine’s style has a strange kitschy charm. Mad Art is a huge dose of this peculiar brand of madness.


The Prehistory of the Far Side: A 10th Anniversary Exhibit by Gary Larson

This isn’t just a collection of previously published cartoons. There’s commentary by Larson on just about everything. His obsession with cows ~ in barns and suburbia ~ is unreservedly brilliant.

Off-days, boring days,

sometimes even mean and messy days,

 are a part of life.  

  Comics are there for you.

What comic tickles your funny bone?


Meet you here next Sunday.

Toni 8/11/13

*Don’t skip the link below to Bob Mankoff’s favorites. 🙂


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