The Knight Life: "Chivalry Ain't Dead"by Keith Knight, Jeff Chang
The Knight Life is a hilariously twisted view of life through the eyes and pen of its creator, community-oriented urban hipster and award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight. The Knight Life deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor in a uniquely fluid and dynamic style, offering a comic strip that's fresh, sharp, topical and funny. Designed for daily newspapers, The Knight Life follows Knight's long-running, 2007 Harvey Award-winning weekly comic strip "The K Chronicles," which appears on salon.com.
An unabashedly provocative political and social satire, The Knight Life tackles contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness-a combination that's perfect for the comics. And The Knight Life's energetic style reminds readers that comics can look funny as well as read funny. The result is accessible yet edgy, compassionate and political-and never preachy. Cartoonist and comic historian R.C. Harvey said, "The Knight Life is undeniably the best new laugh- and thought-provoker on the comics page. Not since Calvin and Hobbes has there been so novel an entertainment in the funnies."
Keith Knight is mapping out a previously unknown vector of the vast cartoon universe."Gary Trudeau, Creator of Doonesbury"
Fluid and energetic and wild...very, very smart and very, very funny."Aaron McGruder, Creator of The Boondocks"
It's hard to make a comic that is this funny while also so frequently profound. Keith [Knight] deals with so many issues with both gravitas and such a light touch, while never missing a chance at a cheap laugh. This is the work of a master."Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius"
Keith Knight may be the coolest person in San Francisco."San Francisco Chronicle"
IN A FAMILY NEWSPAPER?!! ARE YOU NUTS?!!"The Oregonian"
Time well spent with a very intelligent and perceptive writer, and also serves as an insightful historical document of the movement of the American zeitgeist over the past decade."Publishers Weekly on The K Chronicles
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Meet the Author
Keith Knight is best known for his hilarious semi-autobiographical/self-syndicated comic strip The K Chronicles. The comic strip was awarded the 2007 Glyph Award and the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip, where it was nominated alongside the best of the mainstream dailies. The Knight Life comic strip, was featured in a number of publications and websites.
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"The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain't Dead" is a collection of comic strips on many different subjects. It was very good and laugh out loud funny. There were so many that were funny it's hard to pick one I liked best. But if I have to, my favorite was about a man and his wife and beet juice. I recommend "The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain't Dead" for all ages, old and young. Anyone looking to laugh will like it. Reviewed by: DJ
This book was provided for review by Hachette Book Group. I don't normally read comics (as I don't normally read the newspaper) but as a kid that was the first section I read. While I'm not familiar with The Knight Life I did find it quite interesting. I really liked Keith Knight's sense of humor. He is witty, self-deprecating, and smart. The humor in these comics strips was right up my alley. I liked the notes that he put with some of the strips. He lets us know when some were changed for publication, what he liked about them, why he wrote them, etc. It was nice to get inside his head a bit. Being that the strip is auto-biographical it makes me wonder. Obviously the scenes are sensationalized a bit, but you wonder what really happened to make him write that particular strip. There were quite a few good ones that I had to share. Some of them really make you think for a minute before you start the next one. I guess that a sign of a great cartoonist, being able to get a point across without being blatantly obvious. I liked this one and I'll be keeping my eyes open for more of his comics.
"Dead of Knight" by William Potter is a thrilling and original mystery novel. The main character, Jack Staal, was introduced in Potter's exceptional collection "Lighting the Dark Side" in the short story, "Prominent Couple Slain." There, in the span of an average length short story, Potter provided readers enough information about Staal and his fictional hometown, Hanson, B.C., to leave us wanting more, and "Dead of Knight" certainly delivers. A serial killer is on the loose, murdering women on their birthdays. The police slap the moniker "Birthday Boy" on him which only fuels his psychosis-he prefers "Soldier of Justice." How do we know this? Ah, because thanks to Potter, we get the story from two perspectives, Staal and the Soldier of Justice, cop and killer, cat and mouse. This is a brave undertaking and not easy to pull off. Most mystery and thriller writers stick to the police procedural formula and simply demonize their serial killer as an evil "Other," a monster, without providing any real insight into their character or purpose. Thomas Harris raised the bar long ago with Hannibal Lecter, The Tooth Fairy and Buffalo Bill and their complex relationships to agents Will Graham and Clarice Starling, and I think few writers have entered his arena out of fear of failure. Potter takes on the challenge and succeeds with a fully satisfying, well rounded novel. It is both an exciting page turner and an equally effective insight into human nature and psychology. Fans of the mystery genre and mainstream readers alike will enjoy this entertaining and thought provoking thriller. Potter's dialog is brisk and naturalistic and he does not shy away from the graphic verisimilitude necessary to create sufficient terror and repulsion within the reader toward his perpetrator. Hanson, B.C. is a thoroughly believable fictional town that blends seamlessly into reality and Jack Staal is a multi-dimensional, sufficiently flawed character with plenty of his own inner demons to battle while hunting down his antagonist--the perfect ticket for a successful series. I look forward to reading more Jack Staal mysteries. I highly recommend "Dead of Knight" and any fiction by William Potter. George Wilhite Author, "On the Verge of Madness"
It's been a while since I've read comic strips, and The Knight Life reminds me why I used to check the daily for the latest gem. Keith Knight's "autobiographical comic strip" pulls together everyday things and left me shaking my head, tabbing pages, and sharing the chuckles. In one strip, Keith dubs himself the "Chucklehead of Cheap," the "Friar of Frugality," -- and it so reminded me of someone that I know! Keith touches on immigration, gifting (re-gifting), weirdos on the bus, hoarding plastic bags, Trapper Keeper notebooks, Barack Obama, bi-racial relationships, Trader Joe's 2 buck chuck, taco trucks, junk mail, real estate, and bookcrossing's way of releasing books into the world and tracking them as they travel around the world. The "Life's Little Victories" series speak to me. The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain't Dead is a hilarious introduction to Keith Knight's witty comic strip. I'm glad to have found it! ISBN-10: 0446548669 - Paperback $17.99 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 9, 2010), 224 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.