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MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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The MAD’s Greatest Artists series debuted with The Completely MAD Don Martin (2007), a two-volume, slipcased collection of the durable cartoon humor magazine’s indisputably maddest artist. It was a very hard act to follow, and truth be told, Aragonés’ work can’t match Martin in extravagant, alternate-reality ludicrousness. Aragonés is simply a gag cartoonist’s gag cartoonist, most comfortable with the pure sight gag or, as he calls it, the pantomime style of cartooning. His imagination for how things can turn out risibly differently than intended or expected seems inexhaustible, and so MAD has made him its equivalent of a photo-essayist, rendering the “MAD look” at everything from the space program (his first feature in the magazine) to dating to bullfighting and much more. His freehand, single-gauge line work (obtained by using just a fountain pen nib and no other, wider and narrower points) and sparely deployed shading constitute a cartoonist’s dream of a personal medium, capable of sustaining lightness no matter how much detail is rendered. --Ray Olson
Rene A. Guzman "San Antonio Express-News" blog 10/14/10 ""MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones."" there's something extra special about Aragones' hilarious doodles. Maybe it's how these mostly pantomime cartoons speak volumes without saying a word All this hardbound treasure for $29.95? "Cheap!" indeed. But also as priceless as Aragones is peerless. If you re a MAD magazine fan you have to have this book. If you ve never read MAD you need this book even more as you don t know what you ve been missing out on all these years.Bookviews.com If you re a fan of MAD Magazine (and who isn t?) then you will want to add "Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of his Finest Works" to your list of books you must have ... In black and white, and in color, this book provides laughter on every page. "Arizona Republic, " 11/19/10 a gorgeous hardcover book "Journal Sentinel," 12/3/10 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad world because of Aragones' snarky 'tooning as a member of Mad Magazine's famous "usual gang of idiots." Both artist and writer, Aragones has lampooned every ingredient of pop culture from "Star Wars" to cell phones. Experience the giggles all over again in this book."Library Journal" Reviews, 1/1/11 " wonderful oversized collection A delight and an excellent tribute to a master cartoonist."Popmatters 12/16/10 beautifully designed with page after page of the artists works. One of the treats of the collection is new drawings by Aragones that illustrate each phase of his career, often including hilariously unflattering portrayals of himself in the best MAD style. "
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If you're a fan of Aragones, this book is for you.
We would pick up a copy of the latest Mad Magazine, bring it to the restaurant, and order the meal. Then, while waiting for the food to arrive, we would look ONLY at the wordless cartoons by Sergio. My wife is Chinese, and was fairly new to English, so she wouldn't be able to understand the text-based humor. But Sergio's masterpieces, as you know, didn't usually require a handle on English.
We did that for the first few years of marriage, and always laughed hard. That was about 15 years ago.
So it was a very pleasant surprise, to see that Amazon was selling a collection book of cartoons, from this comedic genius. I received the book yesterday, and today we cuddled in bed, and looked through some of the cartoons, picking pages at random. Our capacity for intense laughter has not changed.
It will probably take us 3-6 months to finish this, because we want it to last, we don't want to overexpose the funny bone.
Universal. You can share this with teenagers, with foreign friends or relatives. You can stop by your friend's desk, out of the blue, and say 'Hey, take a look at this one'. Gets a laugh, every time.
Thanks for choosing cartooning as a profession, Sergio. Live long, don't stop.
This book makes me feel bad when I look at it, because I know what it could have been. It shouldn't be like that with such a joyful and exuberant cartoonists like Sergio.