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Bizarro and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro [Paperback]

Dan Piraro
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31 Mar 2006
Piraro discusses his own life, from a poor religious upbringing to life with a well-paid job in New York, leading up to his present fulfilling life as a cartoonist. The award winning Bizarro is an edgier, more inventive version of The Far Side, with every panel taking on original characters and themes. The book also discusses Piraro's strong feelings about animal rights and politics, both of which are the favoured topics of his paintings and one-man comedy show.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992214
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 23.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piraro was born in Kansas City and grew up in Tulsa before living in Dallas for many years. He currently lives in Brooklyn and has a strong fan base in San Francisco. The cartoon runs daily in almost 200 markets across the country and in Canada.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will constantly put a smile on the face 13 Feb 2009
Length: 0:18 Mins
This book was so good I read it all in one seating.

The book is written in first person by Mr Dan Piraro himself. This book is about his life, career and comics. His write up is almost as hilarious as his comics. He seems to have a very interesting life, and the book tells it all.

Included are also some interesting and very unusual self portraits (photos). One is nude -- with the shadows hiding the crucial parts of course! Another amusing photo is one with him spotting a lion's mane hairstyle with his dad's face saying,"I'm determined to be proud of this kid in spite of the fact that he's well on his way to looking like a transvestite."

He writes from his birth, to childhood and schooling, to his band playing days, then his art and cartooning career and his move to New York City. There are lots of juicy and funny experiences he share, such as him asking people to provide lodging and take him around while he's on book tours.

Towards the end of the book, he talks more about his beliefs, which led him to be a vegan (one that consumes no animal products of any kind including eggs and dairy products). He's a huge supporter of animal rights, which is why animal rights themes sometimes appear in his comics.

This book is filled with freelance illustrations, oil paintings, comics and several discarded ideas (those deemed too saucy for general readers). Every one is captioned to explain the inspiration and the message he's trying to bring across. Oh, his oil paintings are as weird as his cartoons.

This book is not just Bizaro, it's the biography for Dan Piraro. It's wonderful and in depth. One that will constantly put a smile when read.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bizarro bonanza 16 April 2006
By Derek Goodwin - Published on
i just picked this up on a recent trip to NYC, being a long-time fan of dan's work. the comics themselves are always amazing, some of them made me burst out laughing on my bus ride home, garnering stares from my fellow passengers. the commentary that goes with the comics is what really makes this book special. by the end i felt like i really know dan and have a sense of what makes his work stand out in the comic world. he also has a great way of conveying the urgency of his politics and views on animal rights in a simple way that is easy for people to understand. dan is a man who has a talent for changing the world for the better with humour, and god knows we can use that these days. the book is highly recommended.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fights Alzheimer's Nine Ways 25 July 2008
By Giordano Bruno - Published on
One of the few good reasons to spend retirement years in America is the dependable presence of at least one laugh in your morning newspaper, aside from those sardonic guffaws you suppress with a sob when you look at the front page. Now, none of you techno-whippersnappers had better tell me that the comics are available on-line anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam, cuz looking at Bizarro on a computer screen is about as gratifying as staring at a photo of a snifter of cognac. It's the smell of the newsprint and the satisfaction of snatching the pertinent image from your lovey at her sudoku. Yes sir, that's livin'! Gets you all stirred up for tooling around Sun City in your golf cart.

Dan Piraro has been amassing a comprehensive dossier of my own particular world-view for many years, one frame at a time, but I've been abroad enough to have missed any number of his sharpest insights. But with this here book in my suitcase, I can face moving to "The Sequoias" with equanimity. What name for an assisted living facilty, eh? The Sequoias. Piraro would appreciate it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funney and very intolerant 15 July 2008
By D.E. - Published on
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Bizzaro is one of the best comic strips I have ever seen. Even on the all too numerous occasions when it is clear that my political etc. views are diametrically opposite to Mr. Piraro's I find his comic strips funny and very clever. I even have a reproduction of one his 'strips framed and hanging on a wall in my house. This collection is one of the funniest comic strip collections I have seen and it is also published in a very high quality (for a paperback) format- it is *not* your typical flimsily bound and poorly printed paperback collection. I also like the fact that he reveals where his ideas come from. This brings me to my second point: it's one thing to include your political and religious beliefs in your book. These illuminate the origin of many of his ideas, but it's another to have them constantly shoved down your throat in a very childish fashion. He writes with the style of an angry and idealistic high school student with no thought that anyone else with very differing views could have valid ideas or - gasp- could even be correct. It get's tiring to be constantly told that anyone with opposing views is "whacked out", to use a common phrase of his. He replaces his idealized wishful thinking for facts, and it gets annoying. Here's one example: he writes about how he admires the native American Indians for living in harmony with nature. Clearly he has not read much on this matter because, I am sorry to inform this vegan, it is pretty much accepted by anthropologists and other scientists involved that "native" Americans wiped out the pleistocene megafauna, just like the "native" New Zealanders pretty much wiped out thier megafauna. I point this out because I grew tired of his constant know-it-all attitude, and I am sure other readers will as well. I only write this because I think even this very personal book goes way overboard for a comic book collection in his attacks on people whose views he dislikes and I expect a little more restraint more from an adult author- even a cartoonist with a poor formal educational background. Still in all, I would highly recommend this book to any fan of the daily comics and plan on buying his new hardcover collection upon it's release.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny with good artwork 30 Dec 2012
By El Grend - Published on
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If you like Dan Piraro's sense of humor, you'd probably be amused. The artwork is really nice. There are some bonus art, too. It includes a few of his paintings. The commentaries from the author are a nice bonus.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! 3 Jan 2007
By Jai Flicker - Published on
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Dan Piraro's new book is so funny I could not stop reading it. I took it to work with me to read during breaks, but found myself sneaking a read or two whenever I could! Still, I did not realize how hooked I was until I found myself staying up until 3:00 am to finish it.

This book is great because Piraro does more than just gather a bunch of comics together. Instead, he tells his life story and then gives examples of comics from each stage of his life. Not only is his writing hilarious, but the added dimension of seeing how his simple, one-pannel gags spring directly from his life was a behind the scenes look at how creativity happens.

A great read. Literally, laugh out loud funny!
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