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Baking With Kafka Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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"Gauld’s artwork appeals to me most as a book lover: each piece teases out jokes inherent to the science fiction or literature communities, equally decrying literary snobbery and pedantic fans."―The Verge
"Gauld is able to speak volumes about modern politics, book culture and more. His comics are quippy, slightly sardonic takes that go down easy because they’re so darn cute ― but will make you think long after you’ve left them [turning a] wry eye onto politicians, angry mobs, capitalism and conspiracy theorists, to name a few."―
The Huffington Post
"The world of books may not seem like the most immediately obvious source of humor, but Tom Gauld's Baking With Kafka could change that."―The Hollywood Reporter
"A must-have book for any bibliophile with anything even approaching a sense of humor ... books that often skewer, albeit somewhat gently and always with an insider’s precision, world literature and the world of literature and all the odd habits of authors and readers―a bookish graphic anodyne for these digitized and clickbaity times. Highly recommended."―The Austin Chronicle
"...there’s plenty in Baking With Kafka for both writer and reader to share [in] their love of the written word in all its permutations and possibilities. Gauld is at his sardonic best when mix-matching not just genres, but anthropomorphizing literary styles and time-skipping variations on a theme if it helps get the laugh, which are never cheap or mean-spirited; a rarity these days. Gauld shows a clear reverence for not just literature, but those who share and appreciate this funny world of pure imagination."―Popzara
"Gauld’s simple, almost cute drawing style stands in contrast to his comics’ content, adding an extra dose of humor ... [his] comments on 21st-century culture may be sadly true ... his jabs at politics his most poignant."―Hyperallergic
"Tom Gauld's new book Baking With Kafka really gets it."―Buzzfeed Books
"...a delightful collection of recent work. Filled with clever references and humorous observations, all told in his usual timeless style, Baking with Kafka offers something both refreshingly new and comfortingly familiar."―booooooom.com
About the Author
Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has weekly comic strips in The Guardian and New Scientist and his comics have been published in The New York Times and The Believer. In addition to his graphic novels Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, and Mooncop, he has designed a number of book covers. Gauld lives and works in London.
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Gauld bills his cartoons as cartoons for book lovers, and there is definitely a bookish cast to his work, and also often a British cast as well.
I enjoyed a recent interview, in particular this section where Gauld describes his techniques:
"All my work starts in my sketchbook where I can play around with an idea, trying things out in different ways and hopefully finding a simple, funny idea. Sometimes, it can take ages to find the right combination of words and images to convey an idea. My aim is for the text and image to be as minimal as possible, but for them to work together to make something bigger happen in the reader's mind. The way you lay things out on the page is a big part of making a good comic, so I spend time moving things around, in pencil sketches and on the computer, until I have a good composition. Then I'll use a lightbox to trace a final, ink version which I color in Photoshop."
Robert C. Ross