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Pluggers: Calm in the Face of Disaster Paperback – October 5, 1995

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Fans of the 'Pluggers' panel comic will relish this first collection of fun 'pluggers': characters who do much work and gain little credit, and who have wry observations of life. Baby boomers in particular will find this a fun, pointed collection of one-panel comics. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (October 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880294
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chris meesey Food Czar on February 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Pluggers, that delightful little one-panel cartoon created by the immortal Jeff MacNelly, and still drawn after his death by his colleague Gary Brookins, is one of the few "ghost strips" which is actually BETTER today than when it was first created. The funny pages today are full of ghost strips, still going strong even though their original creators are now deceased, and their ranks include such stalwarts as Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Love Is, Shoe, and Pluggers. These new artists, often the children or (in the case of Pluggers) former colleagues of their creators, often do an excellent job recreating the look and feel of the original. In almost all cases, however, something is missing. These "new versions" feel almost frozen, as if the new artists dare not alter the vision of the original masters. Sometimes a strip can get a total makeover and be brazenly reinvented for a new generation (as Jerry Scott did to that old museum-piece Nancy a few years back); sometimes, the readers warm to such makeovers, often they don't. Pluggers, however, has not only survived, but thrived in the new era, and the seed of it's transformation was planted by creator MacNelly before his death: have the readers write the strip!! To this day, fans of Pluggers can send in their suggestions and drawings to new Chief Plugger Brookins and, if he uses them, they will receive full credit in the strip. Calm in the Face of Disaster was the first collection of Pluggers, so most strips here are authored by MacNelly himself, with a few of the best reader contributions thrown in for good measure. What is a Plugger?? Well, they comprise approximately 80% of the American population and they are neither independently wealthy nor inordinately thin; their waistlines are often expanding and their wallets are almost always shrinking.Read more ›
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The Pluggers comic strip is somewhat unique in that many of the ideas are suggestions put forward by readers. It is a working person's strip, documenting the ups and downs of people who do the real work of the world. The work comes in many forms, from housework to childcare to fixing the faucet.
Working people also play and what they do in the off- time, what little there sometimes is, is also a topic of the strip. Fishing is the sport of choice for pluggers, they tend to be a bit on the heavy side and see no need to change by engaging in physical activity.
Pluggers is a comic strip that you can look at and see yourself in, coping with life as it is so extremely imaginative in presenting you with new challenges. If you have ever kept an old pair of shoes, pants or car, fixed things with duct tape or been frustrated by technology, this strip is for you. From it, you can learn that you are not alone; you don't have eccentricities, just deeply held character traits.
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By Cyndy on June 13, 2013
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I had never heard of this comic before, bu I was looking at some comics online and ran across this artist. They are so clever and true to life that I just had to order the book.
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