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I Thought You Would Be Funnier Hardcover – December 6, 2011

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About the Author

Eisner Award winning artist Shannon Wheeler is best known for his character Too Much Coffee Man. Too Much Coffee Man, as a comic, has appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines and comic books. Dark Horse Comics has published five graphic novels that collect most of the work. 2006 saw the production of a "Too Much Coffee Man Opera" at the Portland Center of Performing Arts. His weekly strip Postage Stamp Funnies appeared in print edition of The Onion until 2009. Since then, Shannon has been a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker magazine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios; Reissue edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608860949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608860944
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The self-deprecating title alludes to the fact that this collection is comprised of cartoons that were rejected for use in the New Yorker, but one should not make the mistake of thinking that these cartoons are somehow inferior to Wheeler's contributions to the magazine. In many cases, they're much funnier and more provocative. In fact, one can argue that they're too funny for the New Yorker. This is is not to slight a publication which has been a cultural flagship for the better part of a century and a rallying point for literary snobs everywhere. But the cartoons in the New Yorker have a distinct purpose. They're there to distract you momentarily, inspire a chuckle and maybe a wry raising of the eyebrow and then send you right back to your article on modern Mennonite quilters or the facial hair of the Hapsburgs. The cartoons in this collection are often too arresting and, at times too dark, to merely provide bagatelle to more serious fare.

While many of Wheeler's cartoons are simply funny gags about cats serving dinner or light bulbs getting ideas of their own, like a dog's nose zeroing in on the crotch of a guest, some of the cartoons uncomfortably hone in on the hypocrisies of modern life and the realpolitik of human relationships. They expose underlying realities that we don't readily admit to ourselves. Don't get me wrong, they're still funny, it's not like you turn the page and you're suddenly reading Foucalt or something, but Wheeler's cartoons often have an extra dimension, a certain heft, that render them inappropriate to being a mere side musician on the page of a magazine. These cartoons are thoughtful and resonant enough to require a venue where they can be solo acts. And in this book, they finally have it.
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Excellent book from an excellent cartoonist. If you read the New Yorker, you'll note that they often times feature terrible cartoons from authors that they have a history with: This is the opposite, as Shannon has very little history with them, but has had a ton of great cartoons rejected.

A must have for any self-respecting fan of alternative 'toons. You won't regret the purchase.
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This book is cute... but short. All the cartoons are one-liner "new yorker" style depictions. Nothing made me drop dead laughing, which I wish it had. I expected a few more pages from Shannon Wheeler for the price. Makes a good gift.
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The cartoons were funny, some more than others. I had expected more of them in the book, for some reason.
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