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  • File Size: 20861 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chris Hallbeck (September 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KMOG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,895 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Chris Hallbeck is the creator of the single panel comic strip The Book of Biff. The comic follows the solitary life of Biff, a child-like mad scientist obsessed with spaghetti, toasters and time travel. The comic was originally online from 1995-1998 and relaunched in 2006. Chris was an illustration major and has worked in graphic and web design. Besides writing and illustrating the comic which runs 5 days a week Chris has been known to play guitar, write songs and drink lots of tea. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and son.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.J. McCullough on February 12, 2011
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I attended the big "Webcomics Weekend" convention in Northampton, MA a couple months ago, and of all the incredibly talented cartoonists there, I was mot intrigued by the work of Chris Hallbeck. His work is really like nothing else on the web. Very wry and understated, but also immensely funny.

It's really hard to compare "the Book of Biff" to anything else. It's a one-panel comic with only one character (even nameless extras do not exist) and no dialogue. Jokes are told entirely through the visuals and a single-sentence caption, usually explaining some avante-garde absurdity that Biff has stumbled his way into. The gags are clever and often bizarre, yet also somehow strangely charming in their airy, detached indifference to poor Biff's perennial suffering.

In a world full of aggressively formulaic comic strips, the gentle humor of Biff is enormously refreshing. Never predictable, yet always familiar, Hallbeck's little world tickles the brain in a pleasant way.

From a technical perspective, Biff's clean lines and solid colors are well-suited to the Kindle format, and the book looks great on the device. Though some strips are a little more muddy than others (all were converted from full-color to greyscale), all are entirely readable and crisply rendered.

For only 99 cents, this early volume is a wonderful introduction to a great comic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Keller on January 3, 2011
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The Book of Biff is a fantastic comic series that is wildly eccentric and off base, but in a completely awesome, "Wait, did I get the meaning rig-...OH HAHAHA!" sort of way. The humor certainly isn't for every reader, but if you're a fan of the imaginary and have wild flights of fancy, this book is for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helcura on April 1, 2011
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This book of absurdist single-panel cartoons is a bit frustrating. The art is fabulous, as are most of the concepts. Visually these are really amazing, and will appeal to both your intellect and your funny bone.

The problem lies in the captions, which range from boring to lame. The repetition of the phrase "Biff realizes . . ." becomes grating after only a few cartoons, and better captions are so obvious that one wants to just cross out the existing wording and write in something, anything, better.

Hopefully the author will improve the captions in the future, and perhaps even go back and reissue this book with better captions.

A note on the ebook version: These cartoons are much more powerful in black and white than they are in color. The ebook version will give you a much better experience.

Definitely worth the price.
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The illustrations in this book are great. The story is not as good as the illustrations, but it is readable. There are plenty of disconnected jolts in this story for instance Biff has a lot of anti-gravity boots, and Biff does some odd things: drives a car with stained glass windows, leaves lid off peanut butter jar and although he lives alone, Biff cannot figure out who is leaving the lid off PB, and Biff has some odd possessions; dirt magnet shoes, shaves with an orbital sander … why?

Biff has odd antennas growing out of his head, yet he acts like an intuition free idiot! Biff is the only character in this book.

Conflicts? There are lots of conflicts in this story: Biff vs himself, Biff fights his own idiocy, Biff vs society, Biff vs technology, Biff vs the peanut butter jar, Biff vs. intelligence, You name it.

This book is kind of funny and is definitely ridiculous. This is satire aimed at explaining the behaviors, flaws and habits of unusual people like Biff, and the flaws in the way humans analyze and over analyze each other.
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By Kim Penn on June 30, 2013
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The artwork isn't half bad but most of these one panel comics aren't funny and get repetitive. I'm not sure what kind of humor he is going for but when 1/4 of your comics feature your character bloodlessly cut in half, I get bored. In a word, "lame". I am so glad I didn't pay for this.
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This is the first collection of very quirky one-panel cartoons about Biff.
Once you get past the weird, exaggerated eyebrows, there is a lot of originality and humor here.
Try this for free online first, then if you like it - buy it!
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I found this book hard to read. I enjoyed some of it and other parts I did not get which is probably the point. I would love to find out more on this author though, perhaps then I can understand. It was out there.
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By EpicFehlReader on March 26, 2013
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I had a chuckle at two of the comics: the Devils Tower / Close Encounters reference and the "Buff plays hide and seek with his brain" one. That was kinda clever. All the other comics in the book seemed lame.
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