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All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from My Golf-Playing Cats: Tom the Dancing Bug Paperback – June, 1997


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Let's set the record straight: this collection of newspaper humor strips has nothing--nothing--to do with golf, golf-playing cats, dancing bugs, or even nondancing bugs. What it does include are unbelievably funny satires on everything and anything. You'll find crazy send-ups featuring "Dennis the Menace II Society"; the O.J. Simpson story with Matt Groening's Simpsons characters; "Sam Roland: the Detective Who Dies,"; and "Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children" (1-800-KKIDLAW: the extra K is for extra kouncil). My favorite spoof is the wonderfully sublime "Dichotomies of Bob," a Zen-like observation of a couch potato. And if you don't believe me, Rolling Stone called Tom the Dancing Bug the "hot comic strip" of the year.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Nbm Pub Co (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561631833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561631834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on April 25, 2013
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All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from My Golf-Playing Cats is a 1997 collection of Ruben Bolling's weekly Tom the Dancing Bug cartoons.

Various features have come and gone, but TDB hasn't really changed much in the 15+ years since this came out (and that's a very good thing). In fact, this collection of comics has more in common with the current TDB cartoons than with the first collection from 1994.

In short, TDB is funny and insightful without being mean-spirited - and always straight-faced, which is one of the fundamental reasons it works so well. There's more political commentary here than in the first collection - Bolling's liberal bias is obvious, but he pokes fun at everybody.

Bolling not only has clever ideas, but he gets impressive mileage out of them. Just when you think something like Sam Roland, the Detective Who Dies is getting stale, Bolling comes up with creative ways to keep it fresh. Some of the topics here are dated, like Ebonics and the young internet, but some issues are still surprisingly relevant (e.g., George H.W. Bush's war in Iraq). And it seems to me that Louis Maltby used to be quite a bit more optimistic.

Tom the Dancing Bug is my favorite comic strip, and All I Need... is a great (if short) collection, as well as a perfectly good place for new readers to start.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jenzwick@unm.edu on November 14, 1998
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but if sarcasm and "a new beverage-holding appendage on all humans" is appealing to you, you will not regret this book. Bolling explores what would happen if O.J. Simpson had been a character on The Simpsons; if Disney made a musical cartoon of Kafka's The Trial. Follow the adventures of "Sam Roland, the Detective Who Dies." Learn helpful law tips from "Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children." See the earth overtaken by giant wombats. Sex, religion, television, and giant nap-taking aliens. It's all here. Why fight it?
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By Jesse P on April 13, 2015
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Man I love Ruben Bollling. His comics cheer me up every time. I especially love this collection of classics. Cannot recommend it enough.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nessasari on December 5, 2012
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Even though this book is older, the cartoons are still topical and hilarious. Do yourself a favor and buy this. Tom the Dancing Bug is so underrated!
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