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The Argyle Sweater: A Cartoon Collection Paperback – March 17, 2009
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The art style is immediately reminiscent of Gary Larson and his work on 'The Far Side'. The dry humor is also very much a 'Far Side' homage. The jokes however are largely just puns or a version of a play on words. 'The Mummys Curse' for example, shows an Egyptian Mummy stubbing his toe and 'cursing'. Not laugh out loud funny, but humorous. It's the kind of stuff you see taped to the cash register at your local diner.
The content of the book is fairly PG, but some of the gags are a bit more sexually themed than I had expected. A 12-year-old boy would adore this collection of illustrated schoolyard jokes.
Casual fans of The Argyle Sweater are in for more of the same with this book. Other than the dedication, the book is reprinted comics from cover to cover. The scaling is a bit disappointing, with two or three comics on each page, and an unusual amount of white space for this sort of book. The coloring is decent, but doesn't have the same "pop" that you see in other books like this.
If you're a dedicated fan, or plan to run in to Scott Hilburn and want him to autograph something, this book should keep you happy. Otherwise, I'd pass this one over and hope for a new book that's got more going for it.
There is a very serious flaw to his work though, he often tries to explain the joke. I invite you to look over about a dozen of his cartoons without reading the text above or below the comic. I bet many of them were as funny or better without the words.
Mr. Hillburn if you should ever read this comment, please seriously consider letting your art do more of the talking for you. You have obviously studied some great cartoonists who came before you, take a look at how what they don't say often makes a strip better. When in doubt run it by someone close to you like your wife.
All said you are the sucessful cartoonist and I am not, so please accept my comments as constructive critisism as mentioned I think you have a lot of talent and great potential to make the world a better place one comic strip at a time.
Nothing is sacred to Scott Hilburn. He pokes fun at everything from Abraham Lincoln to Norman Bates, from the Three Little Pigs to Humpty Dumpty, from Casper to Garfield, and from Pinocchio to Tony the Tiger. Hilburn has an excellent knowledge of the English language and a great imagination. He loves to build jokes around words that rhyme and words that have more than one meaning (homonyms). For example, since I enjoy horror movie classics, I especially appreciated the following two cartoons: 1) Hilburn does a parody of "When a Stranger Calls." Sylvia (a duck) is called by the park ranger; he tells her that the duck calls have been traced, they are coming from within her house, and she should run. The cartoon caption reads: "When a Ranger Calls." 2) A group of women have gathered for a bridal shower at Norman Bates' house. He pulls a knife and the bride screams, "That's not on my registry." The cartoon caption reads: "The Bates Family's Lesser Known Shower Scene.Read more ›
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We give my dad this calendar every year at Christmas, and it's one of our favorites. Just about every cartoon makes us laugh out loud.Published 5 months ago by B. Theobald
Scott Hilburn has one of the most creative minds I have seen,so creative & unique to think of those captions! Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Tony
Very enjoyable. Shipment was quick. I recommend it to all the people who enjoyed Larson's "The Far Side"!Published on July 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The cover of the book will give you an idea of the kind of humor you will find. Off-beat and just plain odd these cartoons run the gamut. Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Roger Farnham