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Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories Paperback – November 1, 2004
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This book was very entertaining, but I had some problems with it unrelated to the quality of Mr. Bolling's talent. Mainly, that this collection omits many strips from the sequence; it is not a comprehensive collection. I first noticed this when I came to where the first post 9-11 strip should have been. The Super Comix Fun Pak 9-11 strip is a classic, one of Bolling's most famous cartoons, and i was surprised to see it omited. I considered that this was perhaps because it was "dated" material, but many other topical strips are reprinted including several other terrorist themed strips from late 2001. This struck me as an odd editorial choice. In fact, only one of the 221 strips in this collection is a Super Comix Fun Pak, which was disapointing considering it's one of my favorite features. On the other had, dozens of the less stellar "Did You Know?" strips are included.
Additionally, several redux strips are printed. For example Bolling draws "Bad Meat" a mock ad for meat made only from animals "convicted of a capital crime" and then a few years later uses the same format to revisit the subject with "smart meat" for "those morally opposed to the slaughter of mentaly retarded animals." To me these two strips were basicly interchangeable: the joke is that food animals are being executed. It's fine that bolling revists material when he thinks of an additional twist, but if strips are going to be omited from the book, why not omit one of the strips that is a slightly improved version of an earlier joke?Read more ›
Tom the Dancing Bug is still the finest in clever, straight-faced satire, and this collection is over 200 pages - three times as long as either of the previous collections. And, like those it's not a complete collection for any given period. Nevertheless, most all the classic features are here - God-Man, News of the Times, Did You Know? - but we need more Super-Fun-Pak Comix.
There's a lot more overtly political content here than in either of the previous collections; the majority is post-9/11 anti-Bush material, although Bolling isn't afraid to stick it to the left here and there. Bolling is spot-on in most of these comics, but they do feel dated now. Never fear, though, there's plenty of non-political material here, too, and the gems of this sort are the ones that have aged best. Bolling covers his usual wide array of topics, and he also displays an impressive degree of baseball savvy.
It's not comprehensive, but Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories is a fantastic collection.
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After the death of Kurt Vonnegut, I'm glad to see that someone else is there to give us sugar-coated bitter pills. These cartoons are incredibly funny. If only they weren't true.Published 21 months ago by southasia
The political and social insights from years past are remarkable. One laughs while realizing that much of the humor is dead on serious business. I recommend this collection.Published on March 28, 2009 by Nelson Hitchcock