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Kawaii Not: Cute Gone Bad [Spiral-bound]

Meghan Murphy
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30 May 2008

Cute Gone Bad

What does Kawaii Not mean, you ask? Well, kawaii is the Japanese term for "cute," as in, "Look at the fuzzy kitten, he's so kawaii," and not is an English term meaning "not." It's that simple. These subversive comics combine Japanese-inspired cute with Meghan Murphy's truly quirky sense of humor, creating a strange and beautiful hybrid that is as crazy and crude as it is adorable.

Inside, find:

  • 100 original comics with perforated pages
  • Stickers! Nothing is more kawaii than stickers!
  • A "How Kawaii Are You?" quiz, a Kawaii Horoscope, and a Kawaii Manifesto



Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: How Design Books; Spi edition (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610769
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 9.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meghan Murphy is a freelance illustrator and web comic artist who first started Kawaii Not on a bizarre lark, but instead found a true calling in exploring the dark side of cute. She continues to delve deeper and draw weirder with each passing day.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected 26 Dec 2011
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I've been subscribed to this blog for a long time and it's nice to have it on the shelve. Also the kawaii stickers are a nice surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kawaii so cute! 6 April 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book is just a bunch of laughs. Full of cute pictures and slightly cruel ideas its just something to have to make you laugh everyday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kawaii - make every day happy 3 Mar 2010
Format:Spiral-bound
I love small cute characters and this book is exactly what I needed :D I keep it on my office desk and turn a page every morning to keep myself and the mates around me happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just my type of humor 13 July 2008
By Patches - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
After spending some time in Japan, I find that Meghan Murphy pokes delightful fun at the culture of kawaii.

Besides the bountiful collection wonderful four pane commic there's a few treats like the manifesto, kawii-o-scope and a short story.
As an added bonus, I find that the way the book is constructed lends itself nicely to turning each commic into a postcard. My friends love recieving them.
I'd recommend this as a gift to anyone over 13, seeing as some references and wording are a more adult.

If you want to get an idea of what the humor is like, Ms. Murphy has constructed a website: [...]. Most of what you see there is also in the book. I hope you enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Cubicle Addition 22 April 2008
By Cleo V. Maranski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
I have the book sitting on my desk and people come in all the time to flip through it. Everyone leaves laughing! It's not too raunchy (well minus a few that might be considered not exactly 'work safe') and the majority of them of hysterical. My personal favorite is the chainsaw "whir!" but a lot of the engineers are partial to the can of botulism.

I love the way it props up even though the cover gives me a bit of trouble sometimes. It's a great book to share.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book! 11 July 2010
By Karii - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of cute content and the pages are perforated which means... you can easily rip it out and post it all over the place! The only downside is that you can read/get through it very quickly. I suggest going to their website and reading the comics there instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great parody series 18 Jun 2010
By Eberlins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this on the Barnes and Noble website used and I enjoyed it very much. There are some comic strips I don't get, but they're still very cute and funny. I especially liked the little interludes. The horoscopes, the quiz and the poem were very funny.

The one thing I don't like about it is the way the book is put together. Sure, it's good for giving pages away, but a lot of them were falling out or already missing when I got it in the mail. Although, I was reading the comic strips and noticed that I had extras and some I hadn't read yet put in the middle.

Also, stickers at the end! Who doesn't love stickers? Overall, this is a very good book and I would recommend it to any adults who know the little quirks of "Kawaii" things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!! and OH SO CUTE! 29 May 2008
By R. Truong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

randomly found this in a book store & started flipping through it and i couldn't put it down! I love the (sometimes) inappropiate humor...but it definitely says the things I'm sure some of us think of! :)

Showed it off at my office & my friends LOVE it too!! We're picking up more copies so they have their own...

Looking forward to another collection! (HOPEFULLY SOON!!)
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