To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Bear Hardcover – November 30, 2012
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the Author
In 2003, Sohmer created Least I Could Do, a newspaper-style strip that is published online daily at www.licd.com . The strip follows Rayne Summers, a not-so average narcissistic 20-something who is living a life that is best described as "consequence free." Joining Rayne are his best friends, Noel, John, Mick, and Issa. Over the years, the cast has ballooned to include over 30 different characters, each one playing an intricate role in the life of Rayne Summers.
In the midst of all this, Sohmer worked as freelance writer and columnist. His "According To Me" column was published in over 100 newspapers in Canada and the United States.
Least I Could Do has enjoyed immense popularity, regularly seeing over 30 Million page views a month. Nine volumes of Least I Could Do strips have been published.
Sohmer also created and writes the incredibly popular comic Looking For Group. A fantasy-comedy, Looking For Group centers around a group of warriors including the heroic Cale, and the wildly popular Richard The Undead Warlock. Looking For Group is published twice a week at www.lfgcomic.com and has been released in six hardcover collections. Looking For Group enjoys a readership of well over a million people, both online and in print.
In 2008 Sohmer and deSouza won a Shuster Award for their work on both Looking For Group and Least I Could Do.
Combining the Least I Could Do books, the Looking For Group hardcover and single issues, over 30,000 books have been sold directly to fans, as well as through Diamond, which signed a deal with Blind Ferret Entertainment, the parent company of Sohmer's creative endeavours.
In 2008 Sohmer and deSouza brought Least I Could Do to a 7-day publishing schedule with the debut of LICD: Beginnings, a Sunday-style comic focusing on the childhood adventures of Rayne Summers. Even with this hectic schedule, Least I Could Do and Looking For Group are published on time and regularly, a distinction that most web-based comics do not enjoy.
Into this mix Sohmer has now added Gutters (a parody of the comic book industry, The Bear and its sequel (a picture book for children and parent's alike), and Kapshen (a satirical view of the current political landscape).
Top Customer Reviews
I heavy-heartedly chose to deduct two points here, one each for two items that - while they do not spoil the five star rating for me - might do so for others.
Point one: The book "fits" a dad-to-son-relation more than it does for moms or girls (this is true for only some four or so drawings, but still). This makes sense, as Ryan wanted to create something for his firstborn child, who is a boy. I am dad of a girl, and I don't mind; my wife, however, noticed. She probably was looking for something mother-girl-specific? I don't know. In any case, while I would not think twice (except for reason number two, below) to give this book as a present to first-time parents (or rather: the first time dad) of a boy, I might do so for first-time parents (or rather: the mother) of a girl.
Point two: there is one singular comic in the book that I'd rather not have had in there. This has also been indicated by some other reviewers, but so far noone pointed out the details, and I think it is important. The text of one of the drawings reads "I've Heard it Said, that even Hitler was a Baby; Mabye. But He Was Never This Cute." I am German, and I have to admit that when I had read this on page 13, I re-read it quite a few times, trying to get it. I didn't. I still haven't.Read more ›
Then I thought, what do you get the father who has everything?
Often the problem in my household. My dad seems to never need for anything and only jokes about things that he wants that the entire family combined could not afford for their entire lifetimes.
This book is insightful, fun, and honestly refreshing. I would often turn a page and think, that's my dad, or that's my brother ect...
The artwork is magnificient. It's not fussy, but beautifully detailed. Soft and sort of in your face at the same time.
I recommend to anyone who has a difficult to shop for father who has a sense of humor and an appretiation for art.
My father loved it. I felt so very accomplished!
The one, and I mean ONLY thing that I don't like about the book is the framing issue. During the kickstarter we saw some of the art, and it was always with a white border around the edges. It gave the art a bit of a raw, unframed finish that appealed to me.
The book itself has no borders. So every once in a while it seemed like maybe some of the art was short. I would have loved even a very thin white line around the edges.
But even with that, I love the book and as it says on the title, I recomment it for that hard to shop for dad. ^_^
The captions to each page are almost all touching in some way or another. Some hit your funny bone, some hit the sensitives parts of your heart, and some warm your spirit. It's not what you'd expect after reading some of Sohmer's comics, but it's nevertheless, if not all the more an incredible work that he put together.
This book is all around phenomenal. Even though I don't necessarily agree with all the parenting elements of the book, it's still funny and endearing to me. It is clearly written from the bottom of Sohmer's heart, allowing it fill you with warmth regardless of what you believe.
I hope I will ALWAYS have this book to read and look at with my kids as a beautiful reminder to cherish and love them for all that they are.
5 stars without a moment of hesitation.
I gave a copy to my friends who have a 3 month old boy and they LOVED it. The father read it almost 3 times before I left a few minutes later. His wife loved it too and was a bit jealous that she hardly ever gets such an enthusiastic reaction out of her husband when giving him gifts (and she gives GOOD gifts). The book was relevant and heart-warming, and they could hardly get over it.
The book truly is that good.
I got this by contributing to the Kickstarter, and I just got my two books today. They're beautiful to touch and hold, and easy to read from any angle. I laughed a lot and teared up at the massive truths that I think every parent thinks about (even the ones people question). I feel like this is a book where someone says things that everyone is thinking, or thinks sometimes, but no one wants to say out-loud because it's not "done". While I support proper behaviour at so many times, I feel like reading is the one time where frivolity is allowed.
The images are beautiful, I've always been a huge fan of Becky Dreistadt, whose unique take brings an edge of modernism to a kitschy whimsical style we all remember. She is a massively talented artist, and I don't think anyone could have done it better (but I still love you Lar). Absolutely recommend a buy for this, I regret only getting two to start!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite present for new fathers. Absolutely love this book. Great humor and fantastic images.Published 2 months ago by brie
This has become part of my welcome to this world package for new parents.Published 8 months ago by Skuldlove
I absolutely adore this book- even though it was written mostly for new dads. The illustrations are wonderful and the anecdotes are touching. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chelsea Carson
This book made my husband laugh and cry. He totally related to it.Published 10 months ago by Krystal Shelley
Oh this is such an excellent book. It was everything I expected it to be. I bought it for my husband on the event of our son's birth.Published on January 17, 2014 by Lightning Fury Strike
The first in the series, I love watching Sohmer capture those special and hilarious moments that we all seem to have as parents. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Nicole Gier
This is a heartfelt book showcasing some amazing art. You and your children will be enjoying it for years :)Published on December 19, 2013 by Ronald W Whited
As a first time dad this book has been a blessing. Touching and humorous, it helps remind first time parents that with every bad time there are good times as well.Published on December 19, 2013 by Gregory Bowes