The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees

The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees

by Tony Millionaire
     
 

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."—The New York Times Book Review
Drinky Crow may be the drunken star of the weekly comic strip Maakies, but more often than not, he plays straight man to the hapless ape, Uncle Gabby. Here is the newest collection of Tony Millionaire's

Overview

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman's brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."—The New York Times Book Review
Drinky Crow may be the drunken star of the weekly comic strip Maakies, but more often than not, he plays straight man to the hapless ape, Uncle Gabby. Here is the newest collection of Tony Millionaire's strip, never before published in book form. The suicide jokes may come less frequently than in earlier years, but the comedy and superb drawing style are at their peak, as is the volume of triple-X cartoon booze consumed. Catch the new animated The Drinky Crow Show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim starring the voices of Billy West, Dave Herman, Becky Thyre, and Tom "Spongebob" Kenny.Maakies features the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtaking line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing's foremost graphic designer, Chip Kidd, Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees features over two years of strips in a beautiful, deluxe, landscape hardcover format that complements the strip's elegant and classical style.

Editorial Reviews

Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter
“The jokes are funny, and weird, and sometimes even accidentally revealing of the human condition the way that tired, drunk people can't help but speak the truth.”
Mike Miliard - The Boston Phoenix
“You can lose yourself in Millionaire’s ornate black-and-white world, one that draws on the clam shacks, widow’s walks, and majestic three-masted schooners of his boyhood Gloucester home.”
Van Jensen - Comic Book Resources
“The crass and depraved tales come lushly rendered in Millionaire's unmistakable, old-fashioned line work; a callback to classic comic strips in style, but certainly not content.”
Ray Olson - Booklist
“Sick humor and peerless draftsmanship.”
Publishers Weekly

With a Drinky Crow Showcartoon in development, the popular Sock Monkey kid's series to his name, and several Eisner Awards to his name, Millionaire is well positioned for multichannel success. That said, his strip-the last two years' worth of which are collected in this book, elegantly designed by Chip Kidd-remains something of an acquired taste. Although Millionaire's gorgeously ornate and lively art (also his habit of filling space at the bottom of the strip with a second, even looser story) recalls early 20th-century newspaper strips, his subject matter, perverse and scatological when not strictly non sequitur, is strictly out of the late 20th-century hipster ironist's school. The main character is mostly perpetually sozzled Drinky Crow (eyes usually rendered as Xs) and occasionally his enabling Uncle Gabby. The strips themselves go for the one-off joke more often than not, getting plenty of mileage out of Crow's aggressive boozing (he briefly encounters sobriety, declaring it to be "horrifying, a hideous sack of pain, anguish and terror" before returning to the "joyous world of the drunken"), as Millionaire knows quite well at this point just how many laughs he can get from the site of an angry, drunk bird. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560978930
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
12.30(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Millionaire lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife, the actress Becky Thyre, and their two daughters. He creates the award-winning weekly syndicated comic strip Maakies. His books include Billy Hazelnuts, Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird, Der Struwwelmaakies, Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury, Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees, Mighty Mite the Ear Mite, Premillennial Maakies, Little Maakies on the Prairie, The House at Maakies Corner, When We Were Very Maakies, 500 Portraits, and the Sock Monkey series of comics and storybooks.

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