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Sinfest: Viva la Resistance Paperback – January 4, 2011
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I like that Mr. Ishida gives God equal billing, and the characters interact with God (and the Devil) in a way that I think a lot of people do--asking frank questions, trying to understand the way things go in life.
The art style is crisp and the subject matter is wickedly sharp--not to mention very, very funny.
Ishida's huge back-archive of comics is also delightful as it allows newcomers access to so many good comics. So buy this book and support this strip's continuation.
His characters (while unbelievable as most are) involve you, and frankly you want Monique to do the dirty with Slick, purely for the comedy value. Tatsuya's forays into other areas (such as calligraphy) rock most aggregiously and he should do more of them. Now.
I've been reading and loving Tatsuya's work since a month after he went online and can't believe he still hasn't been picked up for publication in a newspaper or magazine. As a previous reviewer noted, he doesn't cater to the PG or U market, but what he writes is funny, witty and has been more than enough to leave me laughing for minutes after I've finished the day's strip.
Buy this book. And ask him to publish the next couple of years, right now.
The newsprint comics world has become boring and lifeless since the retirements of Breathed and Watterman. (Dilbert? C'mon man, Yaaaaaawn!) Most daily strips are unwilling and gutless to take chances on any touchy subject for fear of getting a backlash from religous and minority groups with the result of papers pulling thier strips off the press. So most comic strip authors recycle the same jokes and situations over and over and play it safe for the kiddos.
Uncensored DIY web comics like Sinfest have injected new blood, gusto, sex, unique and strange situations as well as good old fashoned satire and fun into the comic stip world by being brave and unashamed about taking on any topic. Tatsuya Ishida has a blast playing around with the concepts of sex, religion and popular culture in his strips. His love (lust?) for drawing really shows in his strips - his characters seem to JUMP out of the frames right at you.
If you're sensitive to any of these concepts, you might be offended while reading this book. But I think you will be too busy laughing your head off to notice! Go buy this book today and be visit the Sinfest website for his newest strips too. Here's hoping for another book!
The interplay between the Divine and mortals, the self-empowered Ho-ness of Nique, the pathetic facade of slickness put on by Slick, the honesty of Dog and the mask of cynicism of Cat, and so much more...
This comic has more to offer than almost any comic I've ever read, Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County nonwithstanding.
It is funny and poignent, edgy and sincere, and calls out to us all with the voice of an intelligent and philosophical author, unafraid to use harshness of language or attitude to make his points and ask his questions--which are, ultimately, the same questions we gentle apes have been asking since we came down from the trees.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book. Buy it for yourself, buy it for your friends and children, and buy it that Tatsuya may continue to bring his insight to us all.
. . .
I feel like I should say amen or something.
To me, this strip has a very strong "Waterson" (Calvin & Hobbes) feel, both in the style of drawing and in the humor. Ishida pays tribute to many classic strips in his writing, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Krazy Kat... they're all there.
The cast of the strip is varied and their personalities are rich, thus giving Ishida a very wide range of situations from which to draw humor. There are characters who are vulgar in the extreme (Squigley the pig, for example,a porn lover and beer enthusiast), and yet we have fine examples of what "cute and lovable" comic strips are (Pooch the puppy and Percival the Cat). Deeper, more philosphical characters are present as well, God, the Devil, and the Oriental Dragon. All these personalities revolve around the world of Slick and Monique; respectively, a slacker whose goal in life is to have every pleasure and commodity (even if it means selling his soul to the devil) and a girl who acts like tramp, but deep down is looking for love, understanding, and affection. Ishida assures you however, that Monique is, even deeper down, still just a tramp.
Perhaps the best thing about Sinfest is its own worst enemy. Ishida refuses to cater down to a PG audience, thus making syndicates reluctant to buy his work. his characters deal with tough issues like sex and religion in a very down-to-earth, real-world manner. No kiddie gloves. The characters may speak in a very modern, "skater" type of way (that is, without entering into the vulgar), but their insights on any given subject are far from silly. I believe "Sinfest" to be a smart comic, language and attitude notwithstanding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sinfest is the best web comic ever. And reading the comics one after another is the way to go. They get stronger that way, not weaker like so many 'toons.Published on April 23, 2012 by Keith Cockrell
Since it started, Sinfest captured attention of many with its wit and humor. This is one of longest going web comics and I must admit that I enjoy reading it quite often. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by SerbianWolf
it's the same comics you find online but now you have the luxury to own a 214-page book full of them!Published on August 1, 2011 by John
Sinfest is one of the best webcomics around, with an eclectic cast appearing in strips that are by turn thoughtful, hilarious, and sweet (but never cloying or maudlin). Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Ewen Roberts
Sinfest takes a few risqué topics, like sex and religion, and manages to make them bland. Devil girls in tank tops and a lecherous Calvin clone can only take you so far,... Read morePublished on July 31, 2009 by P. Rainey
It's all been said before by other 5-star reviewers...and I crave other comics from Tatsuya Ishida - he is very good, too good for syndication, even!Published on February 8, 2008 by Karl
Ever since Calvin and Hobbes left the comics scene, I've been hard-pressed to find another comic that really hit home with situations I can relate to. Read morePublished on January 14, 2008 by Alexis Waite
Always with things popping up, this web comic has always entertained me. Some are just a giggles while others make you wanna laugh out loud. Read morePublished on April 28, 2007 by Leanne Rankin
Sinfest is the best web-only comic I've read. I've been reading Sinfest since 2002 and I'm surprised that it's still not syndicated. Read morePublished on November 12, 2005 by Justin