The second installment in the “Attitude” trilogy of interviews, cartoons and photos of America’s top alternative cartoonists emphasizes cartoonists who deploy novel approaches to humor and the comics medium. Politics are still important, but take a back seat to social commentary in this collection.
Includes the work of well-known artists like Aaron McGruder, who draws the daily comic strip “Boondocks,” Max Cannon (“Red Meat,” which you’ll find in The Onion), Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man”), Marian Henley (“Maxine!”), David Rees (“Get Your War On,” which appeared in Rolling Stone) and Alison Bechdel (“Dykes to Watch Out For”, the graphic novel “Fun Home”). Also features Jennifer Berman (“Berman”), Barry Deutsch (“Ampersand”), Emily S. Flake (“Lulu Eightball”), Justin Jones (Soda-Pong”), Keith Knight (“The K Chronicles), Tim Kreider (“The Pain — When Will It End?”), Kevin Moore (“In Contempt Comics”), Stephen Notley (“Bob the Angry Flower”), Eric Orner (“The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green”), Greg Peters (“Suspect Device”), Mikhaela B. Reid (“The Boiling Point”), Neil Swaab (“Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles”), Brian Sendelbach (“Smell of Steve, Inc.”), Tak Toyoshima (“Secret Asian Man”) and Jason Yungbluth (“Deep Fried”)
“This sequel to the popular collection of syndicated alternative cartoonists features 21 more artists of all styles and opinions. Many will be familiar to readers of weekly or even daily papers, like Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) and Max Cannon (Red Meat); others, including Emily Flake and Tim Kreider, are still building venues. Controversial syndicated cartoonist Rall deftly scoured the alternative press for this group and conducted short, entertaining interviews with each cartoonist, included here. Beyond introducing regional talents like Flake and Kreider to a larger audience, the book also encapsulates an, er, attitude prevalent in today’s syndicated comics: humor is a constant, but these days it’s strongly laced with sarcasm, cynicism and a certain amount of neurosis, perhaps more now than ever before.”
Anthology of Alternative Weekly Cartoonists, 2004
NBM Paperback, 8.5″x11″, 128 pp., $13.95
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