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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380807904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380807901
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a tip of the hat to visual punster Glen Baxter, Kupperman lampoons the absurdities of genre fiction, from the Hardy Boys to time-travel fantasies, and of TV series, from Bewitched to Biography . The stars of his mad cavalcade are Snake 'n' Bacon, a, er . . . , snake and a strip of bacon who have been movie stars since the 1930s. They turn up more often than any of Kupperman's other characters in this seeming graphic novel that has plenty of plots but far more recurrence than coherence. For instance, Pablo Picasso shows up several times, always irascible, always threatening to break some imagined antagonist into cubes, always speaking in a Chico Marx "Eye-talian" accent. Other repeaters include Cousin Grampa, Long John Silver, Tottie Tinkles, Roger Daltry, Mark Twain, and the Underpants-on-His-Head Man (a costumed crime fighter). Kupperman's figures resemble Baxter's stiff manikins, and his backdrops morph from realism to abstraction with the speed of those in George Herriman's Krazy Kat . Kupperman bears the banner of absurdist comix humor quixotically forward into the next millennium. Ray Olson
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An artist with a completely unique sense of humor…the best-kept semi-secret in comics. -- --Comics Journal

More About the Author

Michael Kupperman lives and works in Brooklyn with his wife Muire and son Ulysses. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines from the New Yorker to Fortune, newspapers from The New York Times to the Village Voice, and numerous books, including many published by McSweeneys. His first book, Snake'N'Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret, was also adapted by the author as an Adult Swim animated pilot which can be seen online; two strips from that book were also adapted into cartoons for the Comedy Central series TV Funhouse. Other television work including drawing a TV Funhouse cartoon for Saturday Night Live, and writing for The Peter Serafinowicz show on BBC2 in the UK. He can currently be found on Twitter, where his user name is MKupperman.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jens Alfke on August 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Oh, new taste! This is sublime cartoon Dada, an uncontrollable mixmaster of comic book and pulp fiction cliches, miscellaneous 20th century popular culture, and crazed anachronisms (Leonardo da Vinci inventing "Crunchalicious" snackin' crackers for a group of young hooligans straight out of the "Little Rascals".) Every page delivers the unexpected. I was mesmerized, and my wife was howling with laughter the whole time she read it. Now, most people aren't the type to be reduced to helpless giggles by a cartoon snake and a strip of bacon who say "Ssss!" and "Pat me dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease!", but if you're among the lucky few who are, press that big candy-colored patented One-Click button RIGHT NOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Michael Kupperman has created perhaps one of the strangest books ever
with Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret. For readers unfamiliar with
Kupperman's work, let me clarify. After reading some of these
cartoons, you will not be able to engage any other activity with any
seriousness at all. For example, you may read a strip about
Underpants-on-his-head-man, and then proceed directly to your morning
paper, however, after Underpants-on-his-head-man, you will have an
added insight into how ridiculous things really are and be unable to
take anything Vladimir Putin, and certainly George Bush Junior &
Al Gore, says seriously.
This book is good for a rainy day, its good
for a sunny day in the park. Its perfect for a birthday or an
un-birthday. It's the all purpose book of the season. If I were you,
I'd stock up now and be the first on your block to own it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glade Thompson on September 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
A stunning achievement! One of the best cartoon albums assembled since the storied New Yorker collections of the 1950s. The book displays the wide range of Mr. Kupperman and Mr. Reeves' talents (which by the way, are quite similar, stylistically. At time, I had a hard time differentiating which artist had drawn a particular panel--a testiment to the team's ability to integrate its material). Oh, and did I mention "funny"? Because "funny" also exists in this book! Lots of "funny"! On nearly every page, you will find "funny"! I can't rate this volume any higher!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
I can go on and on about Michael Kupperman. My friends (that have had the honor of reading this book) and I have adapted Snake N' Bacon catch phrases into our daily lives. Such as, "Chee I wish we had a snackin' cracka" (I'm hungry), "Murder Me? Murder You!" (Gee, I'm angry) and also "We're all private detectives now, that's how it works in this crazy, fast paced world of the future!" (We're all private detectives now, that's how it works in this crazy, fast paced world of the future!) I... Just buy the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott W. Richardson on September 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a work of cartooning genius! Not since the days of George Herriman and Rudolf Dirks has an artist produced such biting wit coupled with superb surreal inkwork. There is a story here entitled "Have You Ever Tasted Adventure In Your Own Bathtub" which has to be the funniest comic strip I have ever seen! I can't recommend this book strongly enough for anyone who is serious about great comics.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William A. Fitzhugh on September 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I first heard of Snake 'n' Bacon about a year ago I laughed out loud. I hadn't seen the drawings -- the idea alone tickled me. Now I've seen the art and I'm knocked silly.
Michael Kupperman is a genius. This collection of work is profoundly inspired. He's created superheros the likes of which have never been seen before: Underpants-on-his-head-man; Dr. Slappy; Rip Lazybones and His Futuristic Wonderbed; and Professor Gastropod to name only a few. And superheros aren't necessarily his strong suit. Part surreal, part non-sequitur, all inspired. The humor comes from the concepts, the dialogue, and the art itself.
If you're a fan of humor that lands in the ballpark with Gary Larson, Monty Python, The Onion, Robert Smigel, Smack the Pony, National Lampoon etc., this collection is for you. And for your friends. Do yourself a favor and get it now! You can thank me later.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blahblahblah on August 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
For those of you who, like me, discovered the work of P. Revess through his occassional appearances in the Zero Zero anthology: this is the same guy. In fact, a couple of the stories in this book were also published in Zero Zero (which were themselves reprinted from other hard to find publications). So if you enjoyed those stories, you'll love this whole collection which is equally surreal and laugh-out-loud funny. For those who haven't read his work in Zero Zero, the reviews below give good descriptions.
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