Fans of Michael Kupperman’s ‘Tales Designed to Thrizzle’ will no doubt enjoy this earlier collection of his work, published by Harper Collins in 2000, as it is pretty much the same sort of thing, and just as funny. It contains lots of short, surreal humour strips, starring many of the same characters who went on to appear in ‘Thrizzle’ – Snake ‘n’ Bacon (of course), the Scaredy Kids, Underpants-On-His-Head-Man, Cousin Grampa (AKA Robot Grampa, AKA Tumblin’ Grampa, AKA Stinkin’ Grampa, etc.) – lots of covers for non-existent comics – ‘Two-Tailed Fists’, ‘Doctor Terror’s House of Errors’, ‘Criminal District Attorney’ (‘You’ll never get me, copper! And if you do I’ll prosecute myself!’) – and some brilliant bogus ads – ‘Make big $$$$, teach your cat electric appliance repairing at home in your spare time’ (‘Aren’t you tired of your cat just lying there doing nothing?’). As in ‘Thrizzle’, the art is an odd mix of simply drawn characters and detailed linework, which adds to the surreal feel of the book, and the only major difference between this book and Kupperman’s more recent collection is that this book was published as a black and white softcover, rather than a colour hardcover, which means it’s a few quid cheaper and actually even more attractive to a price-sensitive / tight-fisted reader like myself.
I bought my copy of this book from the Book Depository, a couple of months ago, for £8.06 (including postage) but it has since gone down in price slightly, to £8.02. (Note: enter the code MAY11 at the checkout, before the end of the May, and get a 10% discount on any items available at the Book Depository!)