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Praise for Too Much Crazy

“Editorial cartoons rarely make you actually laugh out loud, but this has been a signature of This Modern World since the beginning. That Tom Tomorrow breathes fire goes without saying. But he’s also one of the funniest political cartoonists alive.” —Dave Eggers

Praise for Tom Tomorrow

“Editorial cartoons rarely make you actually laugh out loud, but this has been a signature of This Modern World since the beginning. That Tom Tomorrow breathes fire goes without saying. But he’s also one of the funniest political cartoonists alive.” —Dave Eggers

“Next time I see Tom Tomorrow, I will thank him for helping America laugh while the world laughed at us.” —Michael Moore

“Tom Tomorrow will both fuel your rage and make you laugh at the sneaky bastards in power—my highest compliment.” —Matt Groening

“Tom Tomorrow is more than a cartoonist. He’s a multi-media columnist, saying infinitely more with a combination of words and images than with words alone. And unlike even the best traditional political cartoonists, he does more than come up with clever images or wordplay to make a humorous political point. His strip informs.” —New Haven Advocate

“Tom Tomorrow is the wry voice of American common sense, humor and decency.” —Kurt Vonnegut

“The sharpest strip currently going.” —The New York Review of Books

“The current political scene creates two impulses, to jump off a bridge or to laugh. Luckily, Tom Tomorrow gives us a chance to laugh.” —Ben Bagdikian

“Like all good satirists, Tomorrow is an indiscriminately subversive individualist . . . (who) does a seriously funny job of taking on the derangements of consumer culture and the high pretensions of political lowlifes.” —Entertainment Weekly

“The look of Roy Lichtenstein, the brutality of Lenny Bruce.” —Des Moines Register

“Tomorrow’s This Modern World has been a reliable source of vitriolic political satire in alternative weeklies for 15 years, and, more recently, on Salon.com. Tomorrow’s distinctive style involves photocopying images in sources ranging from 1950s advertising art to recent photos and setting them in text-heavy, multipanel strips. As distinctive as the strip looks, it is the content that separates Tomorrow from the pack. An unabashed Leftie, Tomorrow offers searing indictments of rapacious corporations, overbearing conservatives, and weak-kneed liberals (just to cite his most frequent targets) that stand in sharp relief to the anemic commentary that passes for most editorial cartooning . . . Tomorrow’s retro look draws readers in, his acerbic humor keeps them coming back, and his wry intelligence just might make them think.” —Gordon Flagg, Booklist

“Tomorrow takes wide, powerful swipes at our conspicuous consumerism, at the way mainstream media distort events, and how we all, whether we admit it or not, let the media interpret reality for us. Pretty heady stuff for cartoons. And awfully entertaining to boot.” —Creative Loafing

“Sparky the Penguin is among the best of the new generation.” —San Francisco Examiner

“There may be no political cartoonist working today who is more intellectually challenging, visually innovative, or consistently provocative.” —MediaFile

“Tom Tomorrow rounds up the usual suspects: the hypocrisy of the mass media, the calculated idiocy of corporate culture, the duplicity of politicians, and the lunkheadedness of the average American. The flogging is made fresh by a venomous wit, genuine scorn, and a heaping dose of good old-fashioned contempt.” —The Comics Journal

“Don't stop thinkin’ about Tomorrow.” —Bill Clinton

About the Author

Tom Tomorrow's weekly comic strip, This Modern World, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S. and Canada, as well as on Salon.com and Working for Change. He is the author of numerous carton collections, including Hell in a Handbasket and The Great Big Book of Tomorrow.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593764103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764104
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. D. Mason VINE VOICE on December 8, 2010
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(I got this book hot off the presses - pre-ordered it months ago - so have to admit that I am not an unbiased reviewer.) I will start by saying how much fun it was sit down with this book and enter a weekly time-capsule which begins shortly before the 2008 election got going (the "deer in the headlights" Sarah Palin was absolutely perfect!) and the first 18 months or so the Obama administration. Mr. Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins) absolutely kills with his spot-on criticism of the foibles of Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the right in general, but he doesn't hesitate to poke at those on the left as well.

Fans of his work will not be disappointed - you know what to expect and it's all here. Those of you who are less familiar will find it an excellent introduction. Then of course you will have to order all the rest of them...
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I received my three copies of 'Too Much Crazy' in the mail yesterday, so it looks like my family will be getting TMW books under this year's 'Holiday Tree'. The book looks fantastic with full color cartoons on heavy paper, with a great intro from Michael Moore, and an interesting bio of the last few years from Dan. And you get some bonus Pearl Jam poster artwork as well, if you've ever heard of that band.

The book contains the cartoons from late 08 to late 10. And there has never been a more accurate title - you will be reminded of all the reasons that the 2010 elections were a referendum on the sanity of the American people. And the Crazy won.

I get my TMW fix every week for free, either online or in the Milwaukee alt-weekly, so I'm thrilled to be able to contribute even a small amount every couple of years. I suggest everyone who loves TMW do the same, I'd like 'This Modern World' to go on for many more decades to come.
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The truth can be very refreshing when there are many lies and much propaganda. This book, this cartoon, is very refreshing.

I don't know how he finds so many angles - though that can be said of many great cartoons.

Liberals will enjoy this for the breath of fresh air and satire; others should read it to help them get a better understanding.

This cartoon is in a class by itself for debunking right-wing nonsense, and deserves to be supported and shared.
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If there were justice in this world, the NYT would've created a cartoon best seller list long ago. If it existed, Tom Tomorrow's work would occupy the first five slots with "Too Much Crazy" resting on top. However, justice, along with truth and logic remains captive on the far cultural horizon. That why the NYT non fiction best seller list consists primarily of the best fiction publishers can buy.

As John Lennon once said "everything is the opposite of what you believe." This brings us to Tom Tomorrow's work captured in the latest collection of "This Modern World ". Although his weekly strips are immensely rewarding, one can only truly appreciate his genius when you have the luxury to absorb a complete collection. In this case, the period covered is 2008-10. The world and national events prove to be a steamy brew for Tom Tomorrow's comic cauldron. Not since, Al Capp (before he started getting weird in the late sixties) has there been an artist that, through words and images, captures the absurdity of society and the corruption of human nature in such a biting and humorous manner.

"Too Much Crazy" continues to demonstrate how diligent Tom Tomorrow is at honing his craft and extracting the priceless value of measured timing and highly defined characters. A quote from John Updike, referring to another cartoonist, can be readily applied to Tom Tomorrow's work, "it has fire in its belly and a brain in its head ".

If you'll indulge me, I have no doubt that if Tom Tomorrow's work had existed, it would have been Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's first choice during his cartoon radio crusade, to read and describe it to the listening public during the 1945 great NYC paper strike.
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Have you ever come across Our Modern World,perhaps in an alternative city newspaper like the Anchorage Press? If you are intelligent, well-read, read at least one newspaper, vote, love humor that has wit and bite, know what irony means, and lean to the left, buy this.
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Living through the election season, election, and thereafter was excruciating. Reliving it through Tom Tomorrow's cartoons is much more enjoyable. I had forgotten much of the crazy, but looking at it in retrospect I can laugh alot now. And the spot on depictions of the various characters is incredible. Just on the cover the James O'Keefe persona had me in stitches. As always the drawings of certain well-known media figures are wonderful. Standouts are Lieberman, Palin, Rove, the (In)visible Hand of the market, Conservative Jones Boy Detective.

And who doesn't love a penguin.

I love reading histories of past eras. But for recent history there is no substitute for Tom Tommorow. Especially for those who lived it. We greatly enjoy the laugh.
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Are the cartoonists the only ones to have stayed true to that vision of an alternative society that animated much of the past century? Read Dan 'Tom Tomorrow' Perkins's roll-call of some of those striving to keep the vision alive on ppxxxviii-xxxix of his admirable introduction, worth the price, as they say, on its own

And the cartoons? Well, the color's dazzling and quite unnecessary, but hey, it comes at no extra charge. For the flavor, check out page 4 on the New York Times's William Kristol
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