In this thematically and narratively linked series of one-page stories originally published in the National Lampoon's Funny Pages section throughout the 1970s, the master of the macabre eschewed his usual ghouls, vampires, and end-of-the-world scenarios for a wry, pointed look at growing up normal in the real, yet endlessly weird world.
Watch as our stoic, hunting-cap-wearing protagonist (known only as The Kid) copes with illness, disappointment, strange old relatives, the disappointment of Christmas, life-threatening escapades, death, school, the awfulness of camp, and much more all delineated in Wilsons roly-poly, sensual, delicately hatched line.
This hardcover edition reprints every single Nuts story from the Lampoon, rescuing over two dozen pages from oblivion, with a critical essay about the strip by Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth.
If you dont remember what it was like being a child, this book will bring it all back — for good or for ill!
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"Gahan Wilson's Nuts is the best, most clear-eyed explanation of and memoir about childhood I've ever read. Small, cramped, perfect drawings that show children as they are — explorers without a map or a book of instructions in the land of mad giants." Neil Gaiman
"Gahan Wilson is the poster child for disenfranchised children." — Guillermo del Toro
"The all-time greatest comic strip about what it is to be a child, ever. Insightful, hilarious, poignant and dripping truth from every panel, Nuts is, was, and ever will be in my pantheon of most life-altering reads. Beautifully drawn and essential to any library of cartoon books." — Bob Fingerman