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Arcade of Cruelty Hardcover – January 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Also-Ran (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0615217990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615217994
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,865,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Collier Deaton on February 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got my copy at a used book store for two books. I put it in my bathroom so I could read it while I poop. It made me poop better because it made me laugh goodly. I love JPL. Thank you for giving me this amazing book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Crass-for-the-sake-of-crass comics usually go one way or the other; there isn't much middle ground. Either the author has a special touch that somehow makes the work funny despite the reader's better judgment or he doesn't, leaving a book filled with racist, homophobic, and/or simply offensive material, not only to the subject matter but good taste.

Joseph Patrick Larkin knows this, if the comic on page 237 of his Arcade of Cruelty is an indication. The comic is titled "Johnny Ryan's Response to 9/11," and it takes the aforementioned cartoonist of Angry Youth Comix to task for missing the point, this time without the apologies Larkin often offers with his style-imitation strips. It features a disgusting character pointlessly spewing the dirtiest possible language and really has nothing to do with 9/11, or anything else for that matter.

That's not to say Larkin is an upstanding member of the comics world himself. The strip in question appears in a section devoted to 9/11 comics, and not in the artsy Art Spiegelman sense, but in the making-jokes-about-it-and-people's-opinions-of-it sort of way. The rest of the book is littered with his deranged sexual ponderings (including a slew of jokes about rape), defacement of childhood yearbooks, and plenty of self-loathing. But Larkin seems to have the touch, using a tongue-in-cheek approach to give many of his strips a heavy helping of irony, with many of them truly at the expense of their author.

The setup is actually quite clever. Larkin is dead. He's not, really, but according to the book he is. Arcade of Cruelty acts as a retrospective on his career and life, with the approach that it was more or less pathetic. The book opens with the childhood of Larkin--a series of defaced yearbook images.
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2 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Larkin on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow. Just wow. This might be the single greatest book ever published (sorry, holy bible). Not only did it make me laugh, it made me THINK...about laughing some more! And it cured my bone marrow cancer! (The holy bible never did THAT for anyone, now did it?) Thanks, book! Thanks, Also-Ran! I will consult your fine website [..] for more information (or "info") about this amazing work of art.
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