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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Pr; Cmc edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188712876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About a month after 9/11, stiff little drawings of office workers talking on the phone about the developing war on terrorism appeared on Rees' Web site. They have proliferated since into a bitterly funny running commentary on what Rees obviously considers a profound waste of the human spirit, not to mention personnel, materiel, and money. The drawings are clip-art figures--the same handful used over and over, cropped, enlarged, and diminished--and they look eminently bland and middle-of-the-road, not a boat-rocking bunch. What Rees has coming out of their mouths, however, couldn't contrast more starkly: slash-and-burn cynicism, frothing with anger and fear, liberally peppered with the f-word, especially in participial form; in short, the kind of impotent, resentful, but intelligent bile hip youngsters might spout. The sheer incongruity of pictures and text provokes laughter, and references to trashy pop culture keep it coming. Rees' conceit that straight-arrow, would-be patriotic Americans are actually profoundly unnerved by Bush-administration policies as well as lethal fanaticism, however, ensures that one's laughter is satiric. Very smart protest stuff. Ray Olson
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"The funniest post-September 11 critique... Conveys a hilariously deadpan fatalism while managing to provide a surprisingly articulate expression of our anxieties." - Newsweek "Very funny, very profane." - New York Times

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I urge you to buy and read this book.
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Sure, the profane dialogue and satirical commentary is funny and poignant but what adds to the humor is the artwork itself!
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I have not bought this book yet but I have read the online comics.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julie Babcock on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
In the days following Sept. 11, about the only thing that moved faster than MSNBC's news tickers was the mass market comic book industry. All the corporate mainstays of the genre, DC, Marvel, and so on were quick to join in the textual and visual relief effort with varying degrees of success. From The Amazing Spider Man #36 to the Heroes project to the 9-11 Artists Respond volumes the lines between humanistic testimony and tribute and jingoistic posturing became murkier and murkier. Enter David Rees, the author of such clip-art classics as "my new filing technique is unstoppable" and the sidesplitting "my new fighting technique is unstoppable" (a must-read for anyone who remembers Black Belt Theater on late night).
Now published by Soft Skull Press, this book collects Rees's clips from October 8, 2001 to August of this year. Rolling Stone magazine even included a small write-up in its August "Hot" Issue (reproduced in that issue is the final page in the book (excluding the epilogue).
Colson Whitehead, former NY journalist and author of the sublimely brilliant THE INTUITIONIST and JOHN HENRY DAYS (in this book he reveals an affinity with comics), usefully focuses on the appropriateness of clip art as THE genre by which to respond to the emotions and events of the past year. In the hands of Rees's generic office drones, file clerks, claims adjusters, and Dilberts-in-waiting, a fierce, sensitive and ultimately humanitarian response emerges.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was browsing through the "current events" section of my local mega bookstore (sorry, amazon) and happened across this decidedly un-serious-looking book. I picked it up and began thumbing through it, and before long, I found myself choking back laughter (didn't want to make a scene). One of the best things about democracy is the diversity of ideas and expression. One need not agree with Rees at all to find these strips hilarious. If you can cope with a generous use of expletives (or "explicatives" (sic) as one reviewer called them), you will find yourself laughing so hard your mid-section aches. My husband and I enjoyed this book so much we bought 10 copies (yes, from amazon) and gave them as gifts to friends!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hanks on January 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have not bought this book yet but I have read the online comics. They are one of the most hilarious cartoons about the war on terrorism, but I must warn firm supporters of U.S. foreign policy to stay as far as way as possible from this book. You will be so offended that you will be calling Lynne Cheny to tell her to put David Rees on the terrorist watch list and ban all of his literature. If you have a dark sense of humor, a fan of Doonesbury, and you are not offende by profane language, then I recommend this book for you. It only costs $...which is cheap for most collections of comic strips. All of the royalties given to David will go to fight for getting rid of land mines and getting the the U.S. to stop producing land mines, which is a very worthy cause. If you are still not sure if you want to buy this book then may I suggest that you go to a search engine and search for Get Your War On. You should be able to find his free site which contains a bunch of free comic strips from Get Your War On. If you like these free strips then you should love the book because it contains 100 pages of that kind of humor. Almost forgot. If you are a fan of Mallard Fillmore or you are the author of Mallard Fillmore, don't buy this book because you will hate it more than the Clintons, The New York Times, and Tom Daschle combined.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter Flaschka on November 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
My first exposure to "Get Your War On" was a single frame of clipart found online. In the frame, a woman on the phone is exclaiming: "We can't find Osama because Arthur Anderson f----ing shredded him!"
As with The Onion's "attack on america" issue, "Get Your War On" was a well-timed, perfectly executed masterpiece of comedy and anger. And it still holds up today. It's not just funny... reading it gives you a feeling of relief: You're not alone, your fugitive thoughts are shared.
"Get Your War On" is for everybody who wants to indulge in the prevailing jingoistic anger of victimhood and revenge, but finds his mind getting in the way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
The clip-art stars of David Rees's website have been my favorite refuge from the surreal events of the past year and a half. Can't believe what you just read in the paper? Feel powerless to change it? Get Your War On helps, somehow.
No, the book is not beautifully produced, but the money funds landmine relief in Afghanistan. And your purchase supports the work of someone who isn't afraid to say what needs to be said.
Besides, nothing has EVER made me laugh so hard.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Sessoms on February 9, 2003
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First of all, Get Your War On is hilarious. I think anyone who would consider buying this book already knows that. You should be interested in how the book looks, how it reads, its physical presence, and so forth. As far as that goes, the book is sub-par.
Each comic is presented on its own separate page. Since it was sent to the publisher a while ago, this also means that there isnt very much material... only a few weeks worth. So about half of the current online content is missing from the book. Since there are so many pages and so little content, it doesnt develop the same flow as the multi-strip pages on the web site. You'd probably be better off printing out the strips yourself, and putting it together. Now, part of the cost of the book does benefit the Afghan landmine removal campaign, but if you feel bad aboout it, you could always donate money directly to them.
Hilarious comics, but not a good book.
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