Death by Laughter Hardcover – 4 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Harry Bliss is the New York Times best-selling artist of Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech and Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. He is also an award-winning cartoonist and a cover artist for The New Yorker. He lives in the USA with his family. Christopher Guest is known for having written, directed and starred in several mockumentary films, including Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.
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Among his work, Bliss has been a cover illustrator for the NEW YORKER magazine; in my opinion, the phrase "New Yorker type cartoons" completely captures the nature of the humor imparted by this collection. The title is a double entendre, since many of the cartoons feature a figure obviously meant to be the grim reaper; I thought these were among the most clever in the collection. (In this regard, notice the front cover illustration of the title.) Several also prominently figure animals, generally dogs. What they all share is a unique commentary on some aspect of the human condition.
I absolutely loved the recommendation blurb, an illustration penned on the back cover and many of the others were first rate. The book only includes 122 cartoons, all consisting of simply a single panel; it was very enjoyable and I marked my favorites so that I could enjoy them again on occasion. However, given what I viewed as the uneven quality or the twisted or melancholic or perhaps more accurately bittersweet nature of many of the cartoons, there are many cartoon books which I feel provide better value or are more suited to my taste. If you are a fan of the New Yorker or like bizarre, twisted and outlandish comedy, or don't mind sorting through the chaff to find the wheat, then you might enjoy this even more than I did. On the other hand, if SNOOPY, MARMADUKE and CALVIN AND HOBBES (maybe my favorite) are your idea of cartoon humor, this might only rise to a two or three star experience for you.
Tucker Andersen 8/23/2010