My Dirty Dumb Eyes

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"For years I've encountered Lisa Hanawalt's comics and illustrations piecemeal — in various magazines and periodicals.   They're always a pleasant jolt.   Now, they've been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon.  I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first ...

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Overview

BEST OF THE YEAR NODS FROM AMAZON, THE WASHINGTON POST, AND USA TODAY'S POP CANDY BLOG!

"For years I've encountered Lisa Hanawalt's comics and illustrations piecemeal — in various magazines and periodicals.   They're always a pleasant jolt.   Now, they've been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon.  I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first time.  This is a Hanawalt assault.   Succumb."–Patton Oswalt

"Hanawalt's My Dirty Dumb Eyes is a fantastically vivid and whimsical playground, offering page after page of absurdity, humor, and charm. The artwork is stunning and the jokes are surprising and fresh. This book is a rare and wonderful invitation inside the surreal world of Hanawalt."—Kristen Schaal

"Lisa Hanawalt is as gifted of an artist as she is a hilarious writer, which is completely upsetting and unfair considering how untalented most people in this stupid world are. Her comics are brilliantly funny, gloriously weird, and visually stunning. I worship the chair she farts on."—Julie Klausner

My Dirty Dumb Eyes introduces Lisa Hanawalt as a first-rank cartoonist/humorist/stalker for an audience that likes its humor idiosyncratic, at times anthropomorphic or scatological, often uncomfortable, and always sharp witted. Her world vision is intricately rendered in a full spectrum of color, unapologetically gorgeous and intensely bizarre.  With movie reviews, tips for her readers, laugh-out-loud lists and short pieces such as “Rumors I’ve Heard About Anna Wintour,” and “The Secret Lives of Chefs,”  Hanawalt’s comedy shines, making the quotidian silly and surreal, flatulent and facetious.

Hanawalt’s comics have appeared in the Hairpin, VanityFair.com, the New York Times, and the Believer. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog and a comedian.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Douglas Wolk
…[an] assemblage of surreal one-page drawings, clusters of gag cartoons…short comics stories, illustrated movie reviews and garish stoner tableaus. They add up to a wildly entertaining portfolio from an artist with a masterly painting and drawing hand, obsessions with animals and genitals, and a very weird, intentionally dopey sense of humor…
Publishers Weekly
Imagine a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator, and a world where dogs sit in houses made of fish. Hanawalt’s humor comics, which previously appeared in publications like Vanity Fair and the New York Times Book Review, are collected here for the first time. The disparate subject matter allows her to showcase her different styles: scantily clad animal-people in bright colors and action-packed scenes of chaos segue into painterly images of Anna Wintour riding an ostrich or detailed illustrations of animals in strange hats. While there’s no shying away from poop or unsatisfying sexual positions (“The Leave-In Conditioner”), the collection also allows Hanwalt’s verbal humor to shine in a series of illustrated movie and television reviews (“I just wrote ‘monkeys are horrible’ in my notebook,” she writes of the Planet of the Apes remake. “But I’m hunching over it so nobody can see”). Among the funniest pieces is an illustrated diary of her joyful and childlike trip to the serious industry Toy Fair. In between the overtly humorous pieces, there are more enigmatic stories featuring animal people in therapy sessions or sculpting fingers. Even when the humor flags, the gorgeous illustrations are irresistible. (May)
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"My Dirty Dumb Eyes is a zero-attention-span assemblage of surreal one-page drawings, clusters of gag cartoons (“How We Can Tell Martha Stewart’s Drunk”), short comics stories, illustrated movie reviews and garish stoner tableaus. They add up to a wildly entertaining portfolio from an artist with a masterly painting and drawing hand, obsessions with animals and genitals, and a very weird, intentionally dopey sense of humor." —New York Times

 

"Read this book because it's funny, because it's beautiful, and because it will nourish the inner weirdo you've been keeping under wraps for too long."—NPR

"With its leitmotif blend of whimsy, wistfulness, and a touch of scatology, [My Dirty Dumb Eyes] is funny and life-of-the-party loud."—The Paris Review 

 

"My Dirty Dumb Eyes... is exactly as weird, obscene, hilarious, and gross as you might expect... It is also absurdly smart and sharp."—Slate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770461161
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 791,422
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Hanawalt draws illustrations and funnies for places like The New York Times, New York magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeney’s, Chronicle Books, and Vanity Fair. She recently illustrated a children’s book, Benny’s Brigade, with Arthur Bradford. Hanawalt was raised in Palo Alto, California, and graduated from UCLA in 2006. She currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with a dog and a comedian.

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