Goats: Infinite Typewriters

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It’s not as if one decides to wake up one day, argue existentialism with livestock, and fly a spaceship to the center of the galaxy to meet, greet–and eat–God. It just sort of happens. At least it does in the world of Goats, the cult-hit webcomic wherein a clutch of brave if baffled barflies (including humans, chickens, and a cyborg goldfish) hit the interdimensional bricks to save the multiverse from certain doom kicked off by a cosmic computer glitch. You can’t make this stuff up–unless you’re one of the ...
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Overview

It’s not as if one decides to wake up one day, argue existentialism with livestock, and fly a spaceship to the center of the galaxy to meet, greet–and eat–God. It just sort of happens. At least it does in the world of Goats, the cult-hit webcomic wherein a clutch of brave if baffled barflies (including humans, chickens, and a cyborg goldfish) hit the interdimensional bricks to save the multiverse from certain doom kicked off by a cosmic computer glitch. You can’t make this stuff up–unless you’re one of the monkeys tapping on infinite typewriters who controls all reality. You’ll see. . . .
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Editorial Reviews

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“As pointed as it is random . . . Goats pulls off the difficult collision of the significant and the silly. . . . Jonathan Rosenberg’s subversive, metafictional multiverse is no more chaotic or absurd than the real worlds it’s made up of, and he rules it with a deft hand.”—Stewart O’Nan, author of Snow Angels

“When Jonathan Rosenberg toils for our amusement, he hits the mark unerringly–and he doesn’t have the simple decency to make it look difficult.”—Jerry “Tycho” Holkins, co-creator of Penny Arcade

“You don’t often hear the phrase ‘epic comedy,’ but that’s the perfect description of Goats. Jonathan Rosenberg is the Tolkien of interdimensional corn lesbians.”—Lore Sjöberg, co-founder of the Brunching Shuttlecocks

“The most important book about talking fish with imaginary girlfriends you’ll ever read . . . a comic work of genius. I commend it to you highly.” —Charles Stross, Hugo Award—winning author of Halting State

“This all has the refreshing, spontaneous, unforced high weirdness of the weirder Monty Python sketches, and it will reset your freakiness thermometer to a higher threshold than you thought possible.”—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net

Publishers Weekly
The first mass-marketed collection of Rosenberg's long-running sci-fi geek-comedy Web comic revels in its own weirdness—it plunges straight into a bar discussion between a chicken, a goat and some aliens, and keeps piling absurdity on absurdity. (“There is one steadfast maxim that I hold dear,” one character notes: “an immortal super intelligent combat-trained zombie cyborg goldfish with a machine gun can have whatever the hell he wants.”) The book's first sequence ends with human protagonists Jon and Phillip convincing God to turn himself into a pork chop, then eating Him. Halfway through this volume, there's a showdown between Good Hitler and the recursive space-cows of Space Hitler, and if you're scratching your head by now, that's probably the desired effect. Fortunately, Rosenberg tends to sneak at least a small punch line into every panel—a couple of quips are already notorious “Goats” T-shirts, like “what part of 'ninja' don't you understand?” Rosenberg's full-color art has a blobby, loony flair to it. And if his storytelling often seems to be afflicted with severe short-attention-span syndrome, its free-associative culture-reference overload lets him get away with gags like a drunken Buddha announcing “Your momma so fat, she travels the noble eightfold path all at once!” (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345510921
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Rosenberg , the creator of the webcomics Goats and megaGAMERZ 3133T, has been producing webcomics since 1997, making him one of the original webcomic artists. He graduated from Cornell University in 1995 with a major in biology and once worked as a website design consultant. Jonathan is now a full-time cartoonist and lives in Westchester County, New York.
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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Captivating, inventive, etc., etc., etc.!

    When I first read this, I immediately had to read it again. I'm not sure why, but I suspect that I wasn't ready for it. The characters and concepts are so original that I had to be sure that I wasn't missing anything. I was. I know the next time I read it will bring new revelations. I do want to warn people that the gore factor is high. If that turns you off, this is not the book for you. If on the other hand, you have always suspected that the Universe is stranger than we can know, Infinite Typewriters may be a signpost leading you in the right direction.

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