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About the Author

Philip Chen has been an ocean research engineer, a trial lawyer, an investment banker, and an all around eclectic. At age sixty-three as he sat quietly following his cardiologist's strict instructions, he decided to get into cartooning with no formal training in art or cartooning. Since then his cartoons have entertained hundreds (perhaps thousands) on the various boards and forums that he has posted them. He was a regular contributor to the New York Times eNewspaper, The Local, and had one of his cartoons featured in the Metropolitan Section of the print edition. It would be nice to say that his cartoons are award winning, but he hasn't submitted any cartoons to any contests and, frankly, the Pulitzer people have been kept busy handing out prizes to others. He is also the author of a well-received thriller about mysterious objects found in the bottom of the ocean and what happens when they wake up and start sending signals to outer space. Falling Star can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Falling-Star and on other fine booksellers like Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and others. Print copies are available on CreateSpace and Amazon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461023769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461023760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,158,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Reed on May 16, 2011
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Philip Chen says that at the age of 63 he suddenly became a cartoonist. I hope it didn't hurt. After being an engineer who worked on top secret underwater stuff for the U.S. government (see his novel "Falling Star") Mr. Chen was ready for a lighter take on the universe. His cartoons start with odd news stories (carefully referenced in the back so you know he isn't making this stuff up) and his own peculiar inspirations and take you to the logical conclusion of illogical events.

My favorite is the Easter Island statue who pursues a career in dance. There are also microbes who nosh on petroleum, whales who file lawsuits, leaves that worry about their mortality, and bears who face a rash of home invasions. If you miss "The Far Side," check out Mr. Chen's cartoons.

The Kindle is not the ideal display platform for cartoons, I sometimes wished I could enlarge the hand drawn lettering as I can regular fonts. Still, I enjoyed this book very much.
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Disclaimer: I've known Philip Chen for about 10 months now, and have enjoyed his cartoons as he's posted them on line. So, I was thrilled when he gathered a bunch of them together and made them available as a book. Phil's sense of reminds me of Gary Larson and Bill Watterson. You have to have a skewed sense of reality to enjoy these cartoons, and fortunately, I do. I snickered to myself a bit while reading the book, and laughed out loud on the subway a few times. I have two small quibbles with the cartoons. I love the captions, but some of the explanatory titles detracted from my enjoyment. And I wanted more! The book has enough content for the price, but since I know Phil, I know there are more cartoons out there for us to enjoy. So, here's hoping volume two is forthcoming.

Note: Comment has been made about the size of the cartoons. On my DX, the cartoons were easily readable, even more so when I zoomed into them.
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With this very clever and enjoyable book of cartoons, Renaissance Man, PHIL CHEN shows us that not only is there "Strangeness in the Universe" but if we would all just look at the world a little more the way that he does we might find the universe a much more funny place. There is no person, place or thing that is exempt from being turned into a cartoon by this very dangerous man with a pen in his hand and an idea in his head. I enjoyed this book very much. It would make a great gift for anyone who doesn't mind laughing at themselves and their place in this very strange world we all call home.
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