1. The Ultimate Droodles Compendium by Roger Price
Droodles are the creation of American comedian Roger Price, whose work first appeared in a newspaper column in the '50s. Here all 352 of Price's Droodles are collected in a single volume for the first time by Tallfellow Press. Droodles are visual riddles. A square box and a few lines make up a simple drawing which is brought to life by a caption. They are united by an absurd sense of humour, along the lines of Spike Milligan.
This particular droodle inspired a Frank Zappa album.
Some of the Droodles have more than one caption, and readers might be able to come up with their own alternatives. Some are accompanied with equally absurd text expanding on the idea depicted. Additional comments have been added by Carl Reiner and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing, among others.
The Ultimate Droodles Compendium could provide hours of silly, wholesome fun. It would make a great gift for someone with a quirky sense of humour, though if you do give it to someone be prepared for them to keep drawing you droodles of their own at odd moments.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tallfellow Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
2. Oh No by Alex Norris
Oh No is a collection of comics based on the popular webcomic, webcomic name (yes, that is really what it's called) by Alex Norris. The comic is about a pink blob creature who gets into various sorts of trouble, to which the punchline is always him saying "oh no". It sounds like the joke would get old fast, but somehow it continues to be funny longer than I would have thought possible. It's poignant and more than a little bit odd.
Pink blob guy is strangely relatable and kept me chuckling to the end.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing in Exchange for an honest review.
3. Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy
Safely Endangered Comics is a collection of comics based on the Popular web comic, Safely Endangered, by Chris McCoy. The jokes are clever, and at times a little dark. It's a pretty quick read, and would make a good gift for someone with a slightly dark sense of humour. If you like this one, you might also enjoy We Are Here Forever by Michelle Gish or Book Learnin' by Josh McNamee.
So that's why they're cranky.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.