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About the Author

When Aaron Johnson isn't drawing What the Duck or playing with his band, Sweet Jelly, he's a computer-based animator for Mad Max Designs in Milwaukee. Johnson is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. He was raised near Green Bay, and still calls Wisconsin home, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740780964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740780967
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curious on November 1, 2009
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The "What the Duck" cartoons are very funny (for the most part - there are some misses) comics for people who are into photography. And the "What the Duck" plush toy is quite adorable too with its little camera hanging around its neck!

If you like Dilbert, and are also into photography, the tone & humor in these comics will likely appeal to you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Auer on September 12, 2009
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Aaron's comic strip has generated a massive following among amateur and professional photographers, and this book is a wonderful collection of his work. The great thing about this comic is that you don't have to be a professional photographer to "get it", since many of the strips are humorous to a wide spectrum of photographers. It has a somewhat dark sense of humor -- the duck is always getting the short end of the stick, he knows it, and he just keeps dealing with it. The most amusing thing about the comic strip is that the scenarios presented are true to life in one way or another, and as you become more involved with photography you tend to find it more amusing.

Definitely a book worth grabbing (especially if you follow the strip on whattheduck.com), and the price is right! Most things look better in print, and this comic is no exception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
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Have been a follower of illustrator Aaron Johnson's 'What the Duck' online comic strip for a couple years now. As one behind the camera so often, find his illustrations to portray the world of photography as we often find them... and with a sense of humor.

What the Duck is a W.T. Duck collection in 128 pages, perhaps the best of the best by Aaron Johnson, at least up to 2009 when the book was first published. It gave this reader a chance to catch up on all if the original WTD cartoon strips that were missed from before, and in the frequently used three-panel illustrations, we meet all of the regular characters still found today in this clever and also sometimes sarcastic strip.

We also meet the heroic, the romantic and the idiotic. We find what the camera sees, what the photographer sees, and what the subject sees. We even find what the lens cap sees. We find such wisdom as in photography, size matters, and photographers make it last longer. And yes, there is a Duck U School of Photography.

Then there are the occasional indisputable facts: "Photoshop: Helping the ugly since 1996."

What the Duck is printed in full color on good paper stock. For this reader it's a guilty pleasure in print, and sits in a place of honor, safe next to my prized Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom coffee mug. This one is also a great idea for that photographer who has everything on your gift list.

And remember, as WTD says: "If It Ain't Bokeh, Don't Fix It."

4/25/2013
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Before reading the strips in WHAT THE DUCK, I had never read a "What the Duck" comic strip. The strip is published online and has gained a rather large following. In terms of humor, the strip reminds me of "Dilbert" and kind of like "Pearls Before Swine". However, many of the jokes don't have much meaning unless you are at least familiar with photography. That doesn't mean you have to be a professional photographer, but to get the most out of the strips you have to have some basic experience or knowledge in photography. I enjoyed probably over half of the strips in WHAT THE DUCK. Half of the ones I didn't enjoy was because I didn't understand the allusions or what the strip was satirizing. I didn't enjoy the rest because they just weren't all that funny. Overall, a pretty good collection of comic strips that will appeal to photographers. Also recommended for fans of the strip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Beltrami on October 19, 2009
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very funny. I knew the strip from the web.
If you're into photography don't miss it: you will want to quote it every day.
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In fact, you may not need to read a review to consider buying this book. Just visit the site whattheduck.com and see for yourself if the type/dose of humor present appeals to you or not. Most of the jokes here evolve around a pro photographer and they are never lost on amateurs who might have considered becoming a pro for a moment. Dilbert, our photographer, has already become a classic. This book will certainly be a nice present for everybody shooting actively.
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By cagzgirl on July 18, 2011
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I saw this when I was skimming through Amazon to find a present for my boyfriend who is a photographer. I thought why not and ordered it on a whim. I'm glad I did. It has short little comic strips in it, and the majority are funny and cute. I enjoyed it and so did my boyfriend. I wouldn't have bought it if it cost more, but since it was cheap, I'm glad I bought it. Good for the price.
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I find many strips would apply to anyone in an entreprenurial field or creative profession, not just photographers. The author has a wry sense of humor that he shines on the foibles of creative types trying to get ahead or get recognition in a commercial world. Very cute.
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