Fans and comedy cognoscenti alike, basking devotedly in the glow of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, have made it the smash hit humor comic of the decade. And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman’s revered series are finally collected into one deluxe hardcover. Even better, Kupperman has taken the original two-color printing and made the entire book full color! These tales are more thrizzling than ever!
What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus’ half-brother Pagus, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn’t Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the Thirties.
The stories in Tales Designed to Thrizzle made their debut in 2009 on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim program as Snake ’N’ Bacon. The show, a mix of live-action, puppetry and animation, stars David Rakoff (This American Life), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show), and is produced by Kupperman, Robert Smigel (SNL, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show) and Rich Bloomquist (The Daily Show).
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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
"The shit-yourself funniest book I’ve ever read." – Box Brown, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"
Top 5 comics of the year – Minty Lewis, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"
"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"
"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
"Be warned: This comic is dangerously funny... A masterpiece of absolutely gut-busting comedy. The entire Wizard office was rendered completely helpless by its hysterical tales... Trust us, this is a future cult classic." – Wizard
"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
"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
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