Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1

Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics)

Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle comics are some of the most insane, laugh-out-loud hilarious things I have ever read. The New York-based cartoonist was recently praised by Conan O'Brien for having "one of the best comedy brains on the planet" in an Entertainment Weekly list of the talk-show host's favourite things.

Kupperman is not only a comedic genius, he's an incredible artist, and his talents are perfectly merged on the pages of his comics. Kupperman draws heavily from the golden and silver ages of comics, and on vintage advertising aesthetics, to create an ink-and-paper variety show that includes characters such as the action team of Twain and Einstein, Hercules the Public Domain Super Hero, the surreal detective duo Snake N' Bacon, and Manister (the man who can transform himself into a banister). Each issue is also full of advertisements for products like Sex Blimps and an involuntary penis removal service.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1 is a hardcover collection of the first four issues of the comic. Unlike the two-tone colouring of the originals, this book is in full colour, which provides added incentive for those who own the original issues to add this to their library.

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