2010 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Story: "John Wesley Harding"
Set in sun-drenched Cape Town, South Africa, The
Red Monkey Double Happiness Book — featuring
two full-length stories, “The Leaking Cello Case”
and “John Wesley Harding” — is stuffed to the
gills with mystery, suspense, action, adventure,
conspiracy theories, cool cars, and excellent weed
as Dave and his freeloading pal Paul, well-meaning
stoners in the tradition of Cheech & Chong and
Harold & Kumar, thwart criminal malfeasance even
as they ponder the larger questions, such as,
“What steps can I personally take to help protect
the Earth and the species that inhabit it?” (though
most people’s answers to these questions don’t
involve sword fights and hovercrafts).
Joe Daly brings a refreshingly original — and
utterly hilarious — voice to the comics medium,
a dry, deadpan wit anchored in everyday reality
combined with unnervingly deranged plots,
rendered with a hyper-detailed, half-realistic
and half-cartoony Tintin-style crispness.
Download an EXCLUSIVE 10-page PDF excerpt from "The Leaking Cello Case" (2.5 MB).
#13, Best Archival/Reprints of 2009, The Comics Reporter
"Working... in a comic realist mode
reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Daly’s Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront
Southern California), Daly couldn’t be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable,
his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding." – Ray Olson, Booklist
"Joe Daly's cartoon style is great, and the colors work especially well in this book, containing two entertaining and humorous stories. Fun and goofy reading, that hints at a little more but is content to joke around as it pleases." – Jeffrey Brown
Praise for Joe Daly’s previous book, Scrublands:
“South African cartoonist Joe Daly seems to have internalized
the full history of alternative comix, and in his story collection
Scrublands, he produces archly funny, unsettling surreal pages
that recall R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, and Jim Woodring.” – The Onion