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The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book

Details for this: Book
Author: Joe Daly
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 7.75" x 10.25"
Colors: full color
Year: 2009
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-163-3
Additional Details: Digital edition available from comiXology

Price: $22.99

 


Ignatz Mouse2010 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.

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#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


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