Tales Designed to Thrizzle

Tales Designed to Thrizzle

by Michael Kupperman
     
 

Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle, the smash hit humor comic book of the decade, is now collected into one full-color deluxe hardcover.
Fans and comedy cognoscenti alike, basking devotedly in the glow of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, have made it the smash hit humor comic of the decade. And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman’s

Overview

Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle, the smash hit humor comic book of the decade, is now collected into one full-color deluxe hardcover.
Fans and comedy cognoscenti alike, basking devotedly in the glow of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, have made it the smash hit humor comic of the decade. And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman’s revered series are finally collected into one deluxe hardcover. Even better, Kupperman has taken the original two-color printing and made the entire book full color! These tales are more thrizzling than ever!
What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus’ half-brother Pagus, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn’t Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the Thirties.
The stories in Tales Designed to Thrizzle made their debut in 2009 on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim program as Snake ’N’ Bacon. The show, a mix of live-action, puppetry and animation, stars David Rakoff (This American Life), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show), and is produced by Kupperman, Robert Smigel (SNL, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show) and Rich Bloomquist (The Daily Show).

Editorial Reviews

Bookgasm
A questions regarding the title of Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Does 'thrizzle' mean 'pee your pants from laughing so hard'? Because if so, it just about achieved its promise…his sense of humor is so absurdist, it’s beyond absurd.— Rod Lott
High-Low
[Michael Kupperman's] work is sublime in the truest sense of the word....About the only other humorists who have affected me in the same way were the Marx Brothers.— Rob Clough
LA Weekly
Tales Designed to Thrizzle... bring[s] a slick, hyperreal illustrative consistency that amplifies the already dreamlike mixture of familiarity and strangeness, which permeates [Kupperman's] deadpan surrealist slapstick.— Doug Harvey
Boing Boing
he first four issues of Michael Kupperman's awesome comedy comics zine Tales Designed to Thrizzle have been collected into a single hardcover volume that is a superdense wad of funny, surreal, bent humor... This is weird, funny, Subgenius-esque toilet reading that will keep you very regular.— Cory Doctorow
Gutter Geek
Kupperman has been dazzling all who love a good story narrated by fast food, and all who love a good twist at the end of their story…Kupperman is brilliantly funny and maddeningly brilliant.— Jared Gardner
Examiner.com
Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, Kupperman's recent collection, is brimming with such a dense compilation of Dada-inspired plots, fake ads and comic book covers that it takes a repeated read-through to absorb the book's potent aura of absurdity... Reading Thrizzle is an expeditious experience, and like all treks you will feel exhausted and somehow improved by this entire gut-busting experience... Tales Designed to Thrizzle is beyond recommendation.— Ascot Smith
Librarie D+Q
“Literally jam-packed with strips that constantly vary in sizes, [Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1] shines with Kupperman's earth-shattering wit, his excellent vintage-comics-inspired draftsmanship and his genius comedic timing. Thanks Fantagraphics!”
Art in America
That Kupperman so masterfully plays to and upsets expectation makes Thrizzle that much funnier and finer. With stunts such as a Twain & Einstein crime-fighting partnership, Kupperman is all goofball, all the time. But Kupperman's line, even in shaping locomotive-sized garden snails, is weighty. And the weight of five years of Thrizzle, is, well, as formidable as a locomotive-sized garden snail.— John Reed
Chicago Reader
One of the most impressive things about Tales Designed to Thrizzle is the versatility it shows. Kupperman’s art is instantly recognizable; his drawings are intentionally stiff, and his figures are posed oddly against his backgrounds so everything looks like collaged clip art…a constructivist looks that flirts perilously with high art.— Noah Berlatsky
Only the Cinema
[A]bsurd scenarios proliferate…, as [Kupperman] follows each loony premise through to its (il)logical end result. He's a versatile stylist as well…— Ed Howard
Progressive Ruin
America's finest comic book!— Mike Sterling
New York Magazine
“It's no secret why Michael Kupperman is a favorite of Robert Smigel and Conan O'Brien—he's one of the most weirdly funny writers around...Tales Designed to Thrizzle is the dirtiest, funniest comic book to come out in a long time.”
The Comics Journal
Kupperman weeds out all the narcs at the party — meaning that if his work does not make you laugh, go back to Omega House and spank some pledges, you joyless freak. Seriously, this man is one of the all-time great comic book satirists.— Chris Reilly
The Comics Reporter
Kupperman's work has always had that charge that the really good stuff has... I'm not certain anything under heaven or earth could make something greater than Kupperman's peerless ability to craft funny moments.— Tom Spurgeon
The Huffington Post
The funniest comic you've never read. Laugh out loud funny. Spastic, bizarre and gut busting. Fans of Saturday Night Live, Mad Magazine and just anyone who likes to laugh will love this book. A fair warning, if you read this book in public, you will laugh like a mad man and most likely frighten people like I did.— Dave Scheidt
Comic Book Resources
As insanely funny (and sometimes just plain insane) as usual.— Brian Cronin
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Michael Kupperman does funny very well…combining fine art skills with hilarious yet deadpan prose.— Gary Chun
Warren Peace Sings the Blues
This stuff is comedy gold, so get it if you haven't read it already, and hell, spend the extra money to see the non-monochromatic version if you want.— Matthew J. Brady
The New York Times Book Review
Gaspingly funny.— Douglas Wolk
Kiel Phegley - Wizard
“For years, Michael Kupperman’s Fantagraphics series Tales Designed to Thrizzle! has obliterated the funnybones of comic readers with its surrealist humor and absurd characters…If you’ve missed any issues of Kupperman’s sublime, logic-defying humor comics, this is your chance to catch up…now vividly colored for hands-down the funniest and arguably most re-readable hardcover collection of the summer.”
Chris Mautner - Robot 6
“The incongruity ultimately underscores how useless and silly a lot of the material we grew up on and continue to consume today really is. Though far from savage, at its heart, Thrizzle has some rather pointed things to say about the crap we consume on a daily basis. Plus, it's really, really, really funny.”
Rod Lott - Bookgasm
“A questions regarding the title of Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Does 'thrizzle' mean 'pee your pants from laughing so hard'? Because if so, it just about achieved its promise…his sense of humor is so absurdist, it’s beyond absurd.”
Rob Clough - High-Low
“[Michael Kupperman's] work is sublime in the truest sense of the word....About the only other humorists who have affected me in the same way were the Marx Brothers.”
Doug Harvey - LA Weekly
“Tales Designed to Thrizzle... bring[s] a slick, hyperreal illustrative consistency that amplifies the already dreamlike mixture of familiarity and strangeness, which permeates [Kupperman's] deadpan surrealist slapstick.”
Tucker Stone - Comixology
“Even on the scale of 2008, where we had great humor comics and great humor reprints, nobody brought the funny the way Kupperman did, and unlike most of the humor stuff available on the web, nobody did it with this kind of artistic skill.”
Cory Doctorow - Boing Boing
“he first four issues of Michael Kupperman's awesome comedy comics zine Tales Designed to Thrizzle have been collected into a single hardcover volume that is a superdense wad of funny, surreal, bent humor... This is weird, funny, Subgenius-esque toilet reading that will keep you very regular.”
Jared Gardner - Gutter Geek
“Kupperman has been dazzling all who love a good story narrated by fast food, and all who love a good twist at the end of their story…Kupperman is brilliantly funny and maddeningly brilliant.”
Ascot Smith - Examiner.com
“Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, Kupperman's recent collection, is brimming with such a dense compilation of Dada-inspired plots, fake ads and comic book covers that it takes a repeated read-through to absorb the book's potent aura of absurdity... Reading Thrizzle is an expeditious experience, and like all treks you will feel exhausted and somehow improved by this entire gut-busting experience... Tales Designed to Thrizzle is beyond recommendation.”
Byron Kerman - PLAYBACK:stl
“Either you think Michael Kupperman's stuff is hilarious or you don't. And if you don't, well, that's sad, because you suck and you have no friends...This new omnibus of all four of his can't-miss gems from Fantagraphics not only makes it easy to get his out-of-print stuff, it's the only way to go—that's because the reprints are in color for the first time, and it just looks really nice.”
Rob McMonigal - Panel Patter
“If you can hang on to enjoy the ride, and are a fan of the humor of webcomics like Wondermark or the prose stylings of John Hodgman, then you really need to find someone who already owns a copy of this book and kill them for it. Or, you know, buy one for yourself. Either way, I'm good. And so is Tales Designed to Thrizzle.”
Paul Constant - The Stranger
“Michael Kupperman is the funniest cartoonist alive, and Tales Designed to Thrizzle is his funniest comic book... Thrizzle has the manic joy of a really good sketch-comedy series... Thrizzle was originally published as four comics, and Kupperman has recolored the series for its hardcover release... [It] should amuse just about anyone who can read.”
Comic Foundry
“A kick to the funny bone that will leave you writhing on the floor.”
John Reed - Art in America
“That Kupperman so masterfully plays to and upsets expectation makes Thrizzle that much funnier and finer. With stunts such as a Twain & Einstein crime-fighting partnership, Kupperman is all goofball, all the time. But Kupperman's line, even in shaping locomotive-sized garden snails, is weighty. And the weight of five years of Thrizzle, is, well, as formidable as a locomotive-sized garden snail.”
Noah Berlatsky - Chicago Reader
“One of the most impressive things about Tales Designed to Thrizzle is the versatility it shows. Kupperman’s art is instantly recognizable; his drawings are intentionally stiff, and his figures are posed oddly against his backgrounds so everything looks like collaged clip art…a constructivist looks that flirts perilously with high art.”
Ed Howard - Only the Cinema
“[A]bsurd scenarios proliferate…, as [Kupperman] follows each loony premise through to its (il)logical end result. He's a versatile stylist as well…”
Mike Sterling - Progressive Ruin
“America's finest comic book!”
Richard Pachter - The Miami Herald
“[T]his brilliant, anarchic collection of errant dips into the cultural gestalt is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Like stuff that's fearless, brilliant and non-linear? Thrizzle is for shizzle.”
Rob Clough - The Comics Journal
“The first collection from Kupperman’s surprising hit really helped spread the word about his unique and delightfully warped genius as a gagsmith and artist.”
Rich Kreiner - The Comics Journal
“[T]here seemed to be something dangerous, something man was not meant to trifle with, something unnatural, in concentrating all that uncut hilarity in one place.”
Chris Reilly - The Comics Journal
“Kupperman weeds out all the narcs at the party — meaning that if his work does not make you laugh, go back to Omega House and spank some pledges, you joyless freak. Seriously, this man is one of the all-time great comic book satirists.”
Rachelle Goguen - The Coast (Halifax)
“Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle comics are some of the most insane, laugh-out-loud hilarious things I have ever read....Kupperman is not only a comedic genius, he's an incredible artist, and his talents are perfectly merged on the pages of his comics.”
Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter
“Kupperman's work has always had that charge that the really good stuff has... I'm not certain anything under heaven or earth could make something greater than Kupperman's peerless ability to craft funny moments.”
Dave Scheidt - The Huffington Post
“The funniest comic you've never read. Laugh out loud funny. Spastic, bizarre and gut busting. Fans of Saturday Night Live, Mad Magazine and just anyone who likes to laugh will love this book. A fair warning, if you read this book in public, you will laugh like a mad man and most likely frighten people like I did.”
Brian Cronin - Comic Book Resources
“As insanely funny (and sometimes just plain insane) as usual.”
Steven Grant - Comic Book Resources
“I might say Kupperman is one of the greatest satirists of our time, if I could figure out what he's satirizing. The basic facts: this collect[ion]... featur[es] dozens of short pieces done on a chaotic array of subjects in so many styles much of it comes across as found art, and almost all of it's hilarious. Any attempt to summarize things like 'Mentally Ill Gangster Comics' or 'Crime Is Pushing the Limits' would miss the point completely. Except to say this is media culture put through the grinder. Top-notch.”
Gary Chun - Honolulu Star-Bulletin
“Michael Kupperman does funny very well…combining fine art skills with hilarious yet deadpan prose.”
Matthew J. Brady - Warren Peace Sings the Blues
“This stuff is comedy gold, so get it if you haven't read it already, and hell, spend the extra money to see the non-monochromatic version if you want.”
Douglas Wolk - The New York Times Book Review
“Gaspingly funny.”
Late Reviews and Latest Obsessions
“Hallelujah... for Michael Kupperman! He returns with his second collection, Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, which brings under one cover the first four issues of the same-named comic. And comic it sure as hell is. I'm not entirely certain when I've read anything that made me laugh out loud as often as this volume, with the possible exception of Kupperman's debut Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret. Women who've given birth to multiple children and older readers are advised to secure some kind of adult diaper.”
Jackson Publick
“Buy [Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1]! It's amazingly good.”
Douglas Wolk
…gaspingly funny…Kupperman has a stiff, deadpan drawing style that suggests the textures of woodcuts, clip-art and old "Mary Worth" strips; his writing, on the other hand, jumps the rails at every opportunity.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Picasso's life narrated by a hamburger; pubic hair stencils for men; Bambiffpow Jackson, “there's a fistfight in my very name!”—and that's just part of the first five pages of this hilarious collection of humorous comics and illustrations. Kupperman has been laffing it up for years via cartoons in the New Yorker and animation on Saturday Night Live, but his smart, droll, absurdist humor is best displayed in this compendium of the first four issues of the comic of the same name. Kupperman's wit and imagination is only heightened by the stiff, self-conscious woodcut style he often uses for art, although it sometimes bursts out in a blobbier style for such things as the kid-friendly “Fireman Octopus.” Some stories and characters recur, such as the buddy-cop duo Snake n' Bacon, a snake and a strip of bacon who solve crimes while repeating the same lines, and other characters throw themselves into disaster. The gags pile upon the gags—mock classified ads for Sausage Lad—“Yo, Bitch! You look hungry for sausage!”—rammed on the same page as a '70s cop-show parody starring Albert Einstein and Mark Twain. The humor never lags in a book that is destined to be a comedy classic and is truly one of the funniest books in years. This hardcover edition adds color and an intro by Robert Smigel to the original comics. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606991640
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Michael Kupperman lives in New York City, where he continues to work on the ongoing Tales Designed to Thrizzle comic book series.

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