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Peace, Love, and Lattes: A Rudy Park Collection

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When people read the strip over breakfast, we want them to laugh. If they're eating cereal, we want them to giggle so hard that milk will run out of their nose. If they're not eating cereal, the milk-nose thing may be tough to achieve, but we will remain optimistic."

Rudy Park and the other regulars and misfits who hang out at the House of Java coffeehouse form a modern nuclear family, drawn together by something much more powerful than blood-caffeine. Just as cavemen once hung ...

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Overview

When people read the strip over breakfast, we want them to laugh. If they're eating cereal, we want them to giggle so hard that milk will run out of their nose. If they're not eating cereal, the milk-nose thing may be tough to achieve, but we will remain optimistic."

Rudy Park and the other regulars and misfits who hang out at the House of Java coffeehouse form a modern nuclear family, drawn together by something much more powerful than blood-caffeine. Just as cavemen once hung out around a campfire, our regulars gather around the espresso machine discussing issues of the day, coping with modern life, and engaging in the occasional violent dispute over the bathroom key. The cafe also serves as a crossroads for current events and a watering hole for celebrities and politicians, such as J-Lo and Ben Affleck (contemplating a joint run for governor), Dick Cheney (doling out dating advice), and the gang from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (making sure everyone is dressed suitably for the comics page).

So sit down with a warm cup of joe and enjoy Peace, Love, and Lattes, the second collection of Rudy Park, which Newsweek has named as one of the top three contenders for new strip of the decade. Rudy Park offers social and cultural commentary that is both insightful and hilarious. With Rudy at the forefront, this technocentric strip lampoons the fast pace of our technology-driven world, our obsession with material possessions, and the folly of our cultural and political icons. Since bursting onto the comics page in 2001, the strip has grown in syndication to nearly 100 newspapers and Web sites, including the Seattle Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit Free Press, and Denver's Rocky Mountain News.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740746628
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cartoonist Darrin Bell's work regularly appears in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other major newspapers. His work has also been featured on 60 Minutes, MTV, and CNN. He is the illustrator of the comic strip Rudy Park. Darrin lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay area, where he can be found in local caf├ęs or parks drawing, feeding squirrels, and petting dogs (or vice versa).

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Rudy Park is the creation of Darrin Bell, an award-winning editorial cartoonist, and Theron Heir, a humorist and award-winning journalist.
Cartoonist Darrin Bell's editorial cartoons have been seen on 60 Minutes and currently appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune, and several other publications in the United States and Europe. His strip Candorville is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. He lives in northern California.
Writer Theron Heir grew up in Boulder, Colo., and currently lives in northern California, where he covers technology for a national newspaper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    A worthy successor

    I was turned on to Rudy Park when my son gave me the first book collection for Christmas. It's a witty comic strip that unfortunately is not in my local newspaper. I know you can read comic strips online, but I'm not into that so I waited for the second book to come out. I bought it today and I was not disappointed. Apparently these cartoons were drawn right before the Iraq war started and they do a good job of capturing the moment. But what I liked even more was the way the relationships between several of the main characters evolved from the first book. They evolve in logical directions and add a lot of heart to the story (which is best read as a story, not individually like other comic strips). Mrs. Cohen (bless her heart) is as cantankerous as ever. Old Man Mort is the true star of this edition, which I would've figured out even if he weren't on the cover, because a good deal of the story shows him trying to shout some sense into the Bush-loving cafe customers. They don't seem to notice he exists, which makes for some very funny moments. And then there are the appearances by many recurring characters that we'll all recognize, and great spoofs of popular culture, such as American Idol. It's like the Chevy Chase or Mike Meyers-era Saturday Night Live, four panels at a time.

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