Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Best of Bizarro, Volume II by Dan Piraro

This isn't exactly a time capsule from the early '90s -- Piraro's cartoons didn't ever have all that much to do with the real world -- but parts of it did feel a bit outdated, as if they were from a world that isn't around anymore.

Bizarro is of course still running, and is still a post-Far Side single panel with a skewed sense of humor, but this particular book comes from 1994, and collects cartoons from the five years or so before that. It seems to be out of print now, but that doesn't mean much these days -- nearly anything is findable though the on-line OP booksellers these days, and it's just a matter of being willing to pay the price. (And, in most cases, that price is pretty low.)

I have a well-noted weakness for books of cartoons, both single-panel and strip, so I was happy to find this for $5 at a local bookstore a month or so ago and even happier to poke through it over a week or two afterward. (Books of cartoons are better when you don't read them straight through, since each cartoon should have an individual impact.)

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