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The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book Hardcover – October 20, 2009
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“Working with more colors than in anything in Scrublands (2009) and in a comic realist mode reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Daly’s Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront Southern California), Daly couldn’t be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable, his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding.”
- Ray Olson, Booklist
“[A]mazing... Both stories are laid-back, funny, and entertaining. Daly is one of my favorite new talents in comics.... one of my top five comics to be released this year so far.”
- Paul Constant, The Stranger
“For my money, Daly is hilarious, with an ear for great dialog, a nice feel for the way characters and convertibles glide across the landscape of the comic page, and a zest for uniquely convoluted plots.”
- Steve Duin, The Oregonian
“The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book makes for pleasant midday reading, maybe perched somewhere outdoors in the sun with a glass of ginger ale at your side. Read it in a lazy mood, identify with the slacker characters, and speculate on whether you could solve demented mysteries as well as they could. (Answer: probably not.)”
- Molly Young, We Love You So
About the Author
Joe Daly is a cartoonist from South Africa. Born in London, he studied animation for two years at Cape Town’s City Varsity College. His work has been described as “Tintin Meets the Freak Brothers in the Cape of Good Dope.” His books include Scrublands, The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book, and Dungeon Quest.
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I was really very impressed with Daly's progression as an artist. In RMDH, the lovingly rendered South African backgrounds share center stage with the quirky caper storyline. The landscapes and architecture shimmer in the warm sun and the colors are vibrant.
I loved the 2 stories. Both were just incredibly silly. I laughed out loud several times.
Daly is my new favorite artist and I would love to see more nutty, surreal, quirky South African based stories involving the appealing troglodytic slacker protagonists he introduced in this book.
pretty weak and not up to fantagraphic standards.
pictures are incredibly detailed with great colors... but it doesnt make up for the weak story.
Both stories see Dave and Paul get involved in vaguely shady -- but entirely weird -- dealings. These are basically stoner crime stories, with Dave and Paul as relative innocents who get caught up in hallucinogenic toad trafficking, or secret microwave generators that destroy wetlands. Daly doesn't rely too heavily on stoner humor, thankfully, but Dave and Paul are discursive and occasionally addled, and they wander through the stories with the good-natured nonchalance of men who've got a lot of good bud behind them. Daly keeps these as stories about stoners rather than as stoner stories -- this isn't the way Dave would tell the story (thankfully); it makes more sense than that.
Joe Daly's artwork is amazing. The drawings are clear and detailed and he captures life in South Africa beautifully from the city streets to the isolated wetlands. The colours leap out at you and the overall look is a very attractive comic.
The stories are reminiscent of Tintin with Dave as Tintin and Paul as Captain Haddock. The two get into adventures easily and dash about, following shady looking characters in cars, overhearing conversations in warehouses, breaking into compounds, wandering about wetlands at night, and there's a lot of humour here too, though more of a stoner variety than Herge's slapstick.
The good natured storytelling and easy rhythm of the comics make for a very enjoyable read and, though I hadn't heard of Joe Daly until recently, I'll definitely check out more of his work having read this. A great comic book read and lots of fun, recommended!