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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770461043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770461048
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Each single-page piece is a clever, funny, slightly bonkers riff on a literary theme.”—The Times UK
 
"Often intellectual, frequently absurd, always hilarious, they provide a whimsical and perceptive view of culture, literature, and life itself.”—Design Week
 
“A collective narrative that explores contemporary society in depth, forcing us to scrutinise ourselves and the realities we take for granted. More importantly they’re just seriously funny."—It’s Nice That
 
"Tom Gauld is pretty brilliant. You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack.. is ... dark and funny. Some of the best comics in the collection are the bookish ones, taking chummy digs at everyone from Martin Amis to the Brontës to “proper literature.” —Flavorwire
 
"These strips mix high culture with low, creating a rare alchemy that is pitch-perfect and full of fun. Gauld’s comic strips are smart, silly and hilarious.” —Cult Montreal
 
“That Gauld is able to get so much of that across with so little is like the most disarming, confounding magic trick.” —A.V. Club
 
“[You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack] consists of single panel cartoon that explore the passage of time, absurdism, and most of the 7 Deadly Sins, all presented with a sense of graceful whimsy that makes his work such a delight to read.”—Boing Boing

“Terrifically funny.”—Paste Magazine

"His economical art...is married to dry, incisive humor, making each strip a carefully composed marvel…[Gauld is] a cartoonist on par with Charles Addams and Gary Larson.”—Publishers Weekly

 

About the Author

Tom Gauld lives in London. His comics frequently appear in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Believer. He has designed a number of book covers.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Noel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The brilliantly titled "You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack" is a collection of Tom Gauld's strips for The Guardian newspaper most of which are humourous takes on literary topics. The title itself is an observation that literary books tend to look down upon genre novels, especially sci-fi, even though they can be as important, and more often than not more imaginative, than general fiction.

The book has a strip per page and the excellent strips far outweigh the lesser ones. "Mister Victorian Novel" was hilarious as was "Errors in Dan Brown's new novel", and "5 errors in the Martin Amis cartoon". Gauld mixes clever commentary on art and literature with wit and a great sense of humour to create excellent comics. I could go on with the best comics I liked in this book - the Fiction Police, Book Cover Design is Easy, Inspector God Omniscient Detective - but I'll just say, if you enjoy comics that are funny and tend to focus on literature, you'll get a lot out of this book.

Tom Gauld's an excellent cartoonist, check out his great book-length comic "Goliath" from last year, if you enjoyed this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chris reilly on July 21, 2013
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Bought it 2 days ago at Comic-Con. I think it is the funniest thing I have read since Michael Kupperman's work. Prior to that Bloom County was neck and neck with the Far Side.
This is one of those rare books that soliets laugh out loud laughter and you are not in a theater and have seen the jokes 100 times in the previews. It is not nervous, forced laughter, and your neighbors wonder what the hell you are doing on the toilet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thinkbolt on November 15, 2013
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Laugh-out-loud stuff! And a style the likes of I've not seen before. If you like "The Far Side" and "Hark A Vagrant," you'll like this book.
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This guy needs to be more famous. We are in a low point of comics today -- very few are funny at all, and almost none make you stop and think -- but Tom Gauld has a sharp wit and perfect artistry that amplifies the humor.
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By delmarwalker on December 27, 2013
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What a clever, hilarious, charming book. It is rife with literary and historical references, so it may not be every comic-seeker's cup of tea, but its dry humor, intelligence, and understated design make this worth every penny.
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