Scenes of Strangeness Kindle Edition
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Note: Comment has been made about the size of the cartoons. On my DX, the cartoons were easily readable, even more so when I zoomed into them.
Philip Chen says that at the age of 63 he suddenly became a cartoonist. I hope it didn't hurt. After being an engineer who worked on top secret underwater stuff for the U.S. government (see his novel "Falling Star") Mr. Chen was ready for a lighter take on the universe. His cartoons start with odd news stories (carefully referenced in the back so you know he isn't making this stuff up) and his own peculiar inspirations and take you to the logical conclusion of illogical events.
My favorite is the Easter Island statue who pursues a career in dance. There are also microbes who nosh on petroleum, whales who file lawsuits, leaves that worry about their mortality, and bears who face a rash of home invasions. If you miss "The Far Side," check out Mr. Chen's cartoons.
The Kindle is not the ideal display platform for cartoons, I sometimes wished I could enlarge the hand drawn lettering as I can regular fonts. Still, I enjoyed this book very much.
To start at the end: the most valuable asset within this collection is the goldmine of internet links to the true stories upon which many of the cartoons are based. I learned so much from these articles and felt much greater appreciation for the cartoons once I had read them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CARTOONS
As young children my sister and I weren't allowed to see the news but cartoons were fine, they being regarded as unreal, harmless and humerous. Of course, this couldn't be further from the truth in a lot of cases but it meant we could read the comic strips in the Mirror (!) such as Andy Capp, have the Beano, Dandy, Topper and Beezer comics and watch animations like Tom and Jerry.
Cartoons can depict reality or provide an escape from reality, or they can simply entertain us irrespective of any agenda. Somehow, unacceptable behaviour in real life, such as violence, is construed as funny and is even applauded, when portrayed in cartoons. More constructively, there are cartoons which manage to get across important messages that 'real' pictures and/or the written/spoken word often fail to do, such as those for road safety.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well , at least by me and anyone who has had the good fortune to run across Phillip Chen and his cartoons. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Pancakelady
It's hard to complain about a book I got for free. This one is a great read and very interesting. I recommend it.Published on January 24, 2013 by Alexandra Romanov
It's not always funny, but it's a good effort. I like other stuff too; hopefully he will come up with a second book of the type.Published on June 7, 2012 by Louis
Came across this collection via FaceBook....it was free at the time, but now I wish I'd paid for it. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Stevie B