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About the Author

 Born in Dallas, Texas, Scott Hilburn has degrees in digital arts and psychology. He quit his job as a Flash developer, now works full-time on his comic strip. He lives in Frisco, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Argyle Sweater (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740776959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740776953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOVE Scott Kilburn's humor!!! Awesome little book to keep on your nightstand as all you have to do is read two or three pages and the day's pressures disappear. Laughed so hard that I had to order the rest of the series. Keep them coming!
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I had never read 'The Argyle Sweater' before picking up this collection. That said, the sharp artwork and great use of color caught my eye and piqued my interest. The book is physically larger than I had expected, and features 2-3 comics per page.

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.
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I'll skip past the obvious (and arguable) comparisons between Scott Hilburn's The Argyle Sweater and Gary Larson's The Far Side. If you're reading this, you already know, and probably have come to your own conclusion.

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.
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This is my favorite comic strip even considering how many funny ones there are. I wondered if the strips would be turned into a book,now I know there are several books but I have only seen this one. Literally anything can happen here.
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I am impressed by just how close in style and form this author is to the old Gary Larson comics. its obvious the author has a lot of talent and has a lot of potential to stake a place of his own alongside Gary Larson or Ghram Wilson.

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.
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I have forgotten Gary Larsen. While I lived day after day to see a Far Side calendar, I am so happy I found Argyle Sweater. It has helped me survive my daily dose of Far Side. The stories have never failed to give me a smile on a daily basis.
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After reading the first few pages of "The Argyle Sweater" paperback, I could have kicked myself for not having bought "The Argyle Sweater" 2009 desk calendar over the Christmas holidays. (It was an exclusive from Borders.) I was standing on my front porch, having just removed the paperback from its shipping box, and had eagerly begun to read the first pages. My neighbors must've thought I was crazy when they heard my laughter. These full color cartoons by Scott Hilburn are hilarious. For a free sample, go to his web site which is the same title as his paperback (without the spaces). He prints a new cartoon every day, and you can view the ones dating back to 23 Feb 2009.

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.
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