"Quinception" selected for The Best American Comics 2013
Hot on the heels of his acclaimed Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010
comes Michael Kupperman’s second all-comics collection of surreal slapstick
and crazy non-sequitur goofiness, all from the pages of his beloved comic
book series Tales Designed to Thrizzle.
Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume Two features two of
Kupperman’s recurring duos: America’s favorite mustachioed physicist/writer
double team of Twain and Einstein (solving new crimes and barreling through
exciting new adventures), and the crime-fighting team of Snake and Bacon
("Sssssssssssss!") who make a special return just to star in Reservoir Dogs 2.
Elsewhere in this volume the crusty Quincy, M.E. makes his comic book
debut, struggling through the fantastic landscapes of his own dreams in "Quinception"
(in which St. Peter also gets his own comic book). And learn the true story of the first lunar landing, guest starring Woodward & Bernstein, Lt. Columbo and... Quincy again??... in "Moon 69."
Also: The Jungle Princess battles rhino traders... A story of Broadway theatrics
in "All About Drainage"... Slightly cursed merchandise and other dubious products... Cockney grave
robbers... Cowboy Oscar Wilde... McArf the Crime Dog takes a bite out of
scum... The origin of The Hamanimal... A photocomic starring comedian
Julie Klausner, "Voyage To Narnia"... Break out your crayons for the highly educational "Train & Bus Coloring Book"... The story of French national hero "The Scythe"... and "Murder, She Goat."
Plus! This volume contains a full issue's worth of never-before-published, brand new Thrizzle material featuring "Mandate the Magician," "Fart Boobs," "The Odd Couple of Draculas," "Skull Groin," "Gladiator & Snivolus," "Mr. Flopears," "Gordon Ramsay's Fairy Tale Toilet Kitchen Nightmares," "McGritte the Surrealist Crime Dog," a new Twain & Einstein adventure and ever so much more!
Advance praise from Booklist Imaginations come no wonkier, no dafter than Kupperman’s. His idea of a crime-fighting, daring, dynamic duo à la Bruce and Dick (Batman and Robin) is Twain and Einstein (Mark and Albert)-that is, when it's not a snake and a strip of bacon. When he thinks Odd Couple, it's Oscar and Felix Dracula…Kupperman draws all this strangeness in a manner that derives about equally from Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), 1950s romance comics, visualpun cartoonist Glen Baxter, and art deco. –Ray Olson
2007 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Humor Publication, Best Writer/Artist — Humor
2007 Harvey Award Nominee: Special Award for Humor in Comics
#12, Best Comics (First Run or Definitively Collected) of 2009, The Comics Reporter
#99, Top 100 of the 00s, Comicdom
"No one does giddy surrealism quite like Kupperman..." – "The Best Comics of the '00s," The A.V. Club
"It has become cliché to say I laughed until I cried, but when I'm done reading one of these underground comics my shirt is literally soaking wet. This guy may have one of the best comedy brains on the planet right now." – Conan O'Brien, Entertainment Weekly "Must List"
"Seriously, go to your local comics shop and buy this. In fact, buy everything Michael Kupperman's ever done. Not only is he hysterical, he's a major influence on my comedy." – Graham Linehan, creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd
"A comic masterpiece." – Peter Serafinowicz (Look Around You, The Peter Serafinowicz Show)
"Destined to be a comedy classic... truly one of the funniest books in years." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"If God didn't hate us all, we'd live in a world where there'd be some way for Michael Kupperman, Johnny Ryan, and Matt Furie to do a world tour in every way the humor comics equivalent of that Guns n' Roses/Metallica/Faith No More tour my parents wouldn't let me go to back in '91 — selling out stadiums, inspiring bootleg T-shirts sold in parking lots filled with drunk drivers, and causing riots when Ryan gets in a fistfight with Stephanie Seymour and blows off a show in Toronto out of frustration. But here we are, and the best we can do is get a new issue of Tales Designed to Thrizzle and laugh ourselves stupid." – Sean T. Collins
"Is there anything more delightful than... Michael Kupperman’s hilarious comics? ...I submit to you that there is not." – Newsarama
"For years, Michael Kupperman’s Fantagraphics series Tales Designed to Thrizzle has obliterated the funnybones of comic readers with its surrealist humor and absurd characters… If you’ve missed any issues of Kupperman’s sublime, logic-defying humor comics, this is your chance to catch up… now vividly colored for hands-down the funniest and arguably most re-readable hardcover collection of the summer." – Kiel Phegley, Wizard