MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: 272 Hardcover – 21 Oct 2010
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Rene A. Guzman San Antonio Express-News blog 10/14/10 "MAD's Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones." there's something extra special about Aragones' hilarious doodles. Maybe it's how these mostly pantomime cartoons speak volumes without saying a word... All this hardbound treasure for $29.95? "Cheap!" indeed. But also as priceless as Aragones is peerless. If you're a MAD magazine fan you have to have this book. If you've never read MAD you need this book even more as you don't know what you've been missing out on all these years. Bookviews.com "If you're a fan of MAD Magazine (and who isn't?) then you will want to add Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of his Finest Works to your list of books you must have ... In black and white, and in color, this book provides laughter on every page." Arizona Republic, 11/19/10 "a gorgeous hardcover book" Journal Sentinel, 12/3/10 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad world because of Aragones' snarky 'tooning as a member of Mad Magazine's famous "usual gang of idiots." Both artist and writer, Aragones has lampooned every ingredient of pop culture from "Star Wars" to cell phones. Experience the giggles all over again in this book. Library Journal Reviews, 1/1/11 "...wonderful oversized collection... A delight and an excellent tribute to a master cartoonist." Popmatters 12/16/10 "...beautifully designed with page after page of the artists' works. One of the treats of the collection is new drawings by Aragones' that illustrate each phase of his career, often including hilariously unflattering portrayals of himself in the best MAD style."
About the Author
Sergio Aragones is a cartoonist best known for his contributions to MAD Magazine and as creator of the comic book Groo the Wanderer. Sergio is extremely popular in the comic/illustration world, and is a regular guest speaker at conventions worldwide. A native of Spain, he emigrated to the USA in 1962. He now lives in Ojai, California. Matt Groening is the creator of one of the greatest TV shows of all time, The Simpsons.
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IMHO it is a book you can open at any point and enjoy. Last but not least this is a BIG book, beautiful crafted.
Anyway, I'm 40 pages in and already phoning for oxygen. Sergio is a genius and this book is the best of the best. Buy it but make sure your insurance is up to date.
Instead they have copied original cartoons to a shinny - read cheap - finish.
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We would pick up a copy of the latest Mad Magazine, bring it to the restaurant, and order the meal. Then, while waiting for the food to arrive, we would look ONLY at the wordless cartoons by Sergio. My wife is Chinese, and was fairly new to English, so she wouldn't be able to understand the text-based humor. But Sergio's masterpieces, as you know, didn't usually require a handle on English.
We did that for the first few years of marriage, and always laughed hard. That was about 15 years ago.
So it was a very pleasant surprise, to see that Amazon was selling a collection book of cartoons, from this comedic genius. I received the book yesterday, and today we cuddled in bed, and looked through some of the cartoons, picking pages at random. Our capacity for intense laughter has not changed.
It will probably take us 3-6 months to finish this, because we want it to last, we don't want to overexpose the funny bone.
Universal. You can share this with teenagers, with foreign friends or relatives. You can stop by your friend's desk, out of the blue, and say 'Hey, take a look at this one'. Gets a laugh, every time.
Thanks for choosing cartooning as a profession, Sergio. Live long, don't stop.
This book makes me feel bad when I look at it, because I know what it could have been. It shouldn't be like that with such a joyful and exuberant cartoonists like Sergio.
The best of Sergio's five decades of work is collected in this beautiful, 272 page hardcover book. His wild cartoons, filled with sight gags and never requiring word balloons, is some of the most hilarious work ever seen in MAD or any other magazine for that matter. The book presents his work by decade with many of his greatest strips and yes, dozens of the great marginal cartoons as well.
Sergio's work is timeless even when dealing with topical subjects such as his glorious remembrance of Woodstock. This was a two page spread with Sergio drawing literally hundreds of characters and accompanied by a poem written by Frank Jacobs, a MAD writer who has contributed even longer than Aragones, since 1957!!! You can literally spend hours looking at this meticulously crafted cartoon and you should...Aragones has each character doing something different. Even with his speed I can't imagine how long this piece took to draw. He would do similar two-page spreads through the years like "A Peek behind the Scenes at a Comic Book Convention", a look at a shopping mall at Christmas Time, and Behind the Scenes at a Terrorist Training Camp
Occasionally, even in the early days, Sergio got to work in color as he did with his strip "The Vampire". Here a hungry vamp bites a barefoot hippie wearing a peace sign medallion and gets a hypnotic high from his blood. One of his most clever, reoccurring stripes was "The Shadow Knows". These strips featured characters with shadows that showed what the character was truly thinking or imagining. Such as the fat woman's shadow strangling the shadow of her much skinnier friend while they are dining at a restaurant. Sergio also lampooned what was hot in pop culture through the years such as his look at Star Wars, Disney World, The WWE, Spider-Man, and Harry Potter.
Sergio has remained popular all these years because he is able to take on any modern topic...His strips in recent years have tackled airport security, cell phones, illegal immigration, dieting, video games, and religion. Few topics have managed to elude the biting wit of Sergio Aragones. If you're a MAD magazine fan you have to have this book. If you've never read MAD you need this book even more as you don't know what you've been missing out on all these years.