on June 16, 2014
A large collection of Shannon's past comic strips. For a "comic" book it took quite a while to finish it too. Lots of strips examining the human condition in what is usually represented as an urban environment. There are strips exploring common fears of fitting in and trying achieve success and recognition. Other strips are satirical about the nature of relationship or poignant about dealing with existential angst. Mostly they are about the TMCM character who is neurotic, probably from excessive coffee consumption, and how he deals with daily trials and tribulations. Some of the other characters like Too Much Expresso man and Too Much German White Chocolate woman with Almonds are delightful.
Viewing the artwork also reminded me of R. Crumb, with the over the top character renditions and with the occasional experimental graphics: odd perspectives, random shapes, repetitive elements, frames merging into each other and so on. I like that because it is innovative and it shows the artist striving for something beyond the mundane.
I first saw this comic in the beginning of the internet and forgot about it until it showed up as an Amazon recommendation. Being on dial up for a long time was a disincentive for downloading anything large, but that was then. Glad I bought it and the price is a bargain for such a large book. It's an easy way to catch up to all his contributions.
on May 28, 2014
I haven't read the whole book yet , but so far everything I've seen I've liked . I might not have agreed exactly with everything I've read , however I can feel the tremendous amount of work that went into this . As with 12 Years a Slave , by Solomon Northup , unfortunately , Hell makes a good story , maybe , at least somewhat . So far so good .
on September 20, 2011
Shannon is an observer of the human condition. His strips shift from funny, to subtle social commentary, to relishing in absurdity. You'll sink into his work and while the volume levels stay the same, you never know what kind of song you're going to next. I enjoy the man, I celebrate his life and his entire catalog.
on September 20, 2011
When this monstrosity of a book arrived at my doorstep I knew I was in for the ride of my life. At over 600 pages I had my reading cut out for me, But after a week of reading and 73 cups of coffee later I was finished and I was moved. This book which spans 20 years worth of Too Much Coffee Man stories had me laughing my over caffeinated ass off throughout the entire book. You will laugh you will cry, you will hate life and then love it. Do yourselves a favor and pick up this book. I'm serious, do it now before they put the "Eisner Award Winning" logo on the front.