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Art of McSweeney's Hardcover – June 23, 2010
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This book, in turn, is a rather random description about how each of the issues came about from a design point of view. Each issue is its own story, told by the people that came up with the idea and put it together.
You talk about thinking outside the box....
This book is a great example of the chance we take buying things on the internet. If I'd seen it in a bookstore, opened it up and flipped through, I never would've bought it. Based on the description ("...this book showcases their award-winning art...it features hundreds of images...") I expected a compilation of the best page designs from the actual McSweeney's Issues. Like a "greatest hits" album. Well, maybe their words are technically true, but I feel they're misleading. If you really want the award-winning designs, you have to cough up the cash and collect them issue by issue.
I can't get into reading it, and I found out I don't like Chris Ware as much as I thought I did. I put off reviewing it because I feel bad about giving low scores (hence the 2-stars instead of just one) but I wish there had been a review that said this back when I was deciding whether to buy. so here it is.