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Death by Laughter Hardcover – 4 Apr 2008


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 01 edition (4 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810970848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810970847
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,336,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97e147a4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9802ac30) out of 5 stars I LOVE this type of humor 26 Aug. 2011
By Doug Varney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My sons are always rolling their eyes when I show them cartoons from The New Yorker. When I show them cartoons from Harry Bliss they love them. There is a dark irony to many of them that fits our times. Thanks Harry for helping to bridge the generation gap.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988043f0) out of 5 stars An Interesting Collection of NEW YORKER Type Humor 24 Aug. 2010
By Tucker Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This collection of Harry Bliss cartoons ranges from truly funny laugh out humor to nod your head in agreement insightful moments to irony to occasionally just outright weird and in a few cases even ones that actually are too dark for me or in some other way repellant to my sensibilities. The illustrations are first rate, but the humor was of a very uneven quality relative to my tastes, which is why I only rated it four stars. I would rate the individual cartoons from 5+ stars (a few rate among my all time favorites) to 1 star, so it was hard to rate the collection as a whole.

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
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HASH(0x986b2558) out of 5 stars this is great 19 Jan. 2009
By Nonfiction fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Aside from the fact that I love all Harry Bliss cartoons, this is a great collection! I call it a collection of cartoons about death and psychotherapy and sometimes both. Great gift idea!
HASH(0x980d9b04) out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Oct. 2014
By Gayle A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this because the cover cartoon just cracked me up. So did the rest of the book.
By somebody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Who knew death could be so funny!
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