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“Precise and wryly hilarious...Gauld's both a literature nerd and a science-fiction nerd whose deadpan mashups belong on the same shelf as R. Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, and Kate Beaton.”—NPR, Best Books of 2013

A new collection from the Guardian and New York Times Magazine cartoonist

The New York Times Magazine cartoonist Tom Gauld follows up his widely praised graphic novel Goliath with You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, a ...

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Overview

“Precise and wryly hilarious...Gauld's both a literature nerd and a science-fiction nerd whose deadpan mashups belong on the same shelf as R. Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, and Kate Beaton.”—NPR, Best Books of 2013

A new collection from the Guardian and New York Times Magazine cartoonist

The New York Times Magazine cartoonist Tom Gauld follows up his widely praised graphic novel Goliath with You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, a collection of cartoons made for The Guardian. Over the past eight years, Gauld has produced a weekly cartoon for the Saturday Review section of Britain’s best-regarded newspaper. Only a handful of comics from this huge and hilarious body of work have ever been printed in North America—and these have been available exclusively within the pages of the prestigious Believer magazine.

     Youre All Just Jealous of My Jetpack distills perfectly Gauld’s dark humor, impeccable timing, and distinctive style. Arrests by the fiction police and imaginary towns designed by Tom Waits intermingle hilariously with piercing observations about human behavior and whimsical imaginings of the future. Again and again, Gauld reaffirms his position as a first-rank cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following on the success of Goliath, Gauld offers a collection of strips drawn from his weekly cartoon for U.K. newspaper the Guardian. The author offers wry perspectives on many topics, from trivial amusements to darkly serious subjects, from literary infighting to the war on women, and from video games to generational conflict. Instead of giving in to despair, Gauld seems to embrace human absurdities, reveling in the comedic possibilities offered without languishing in mean-spirited cruelty. His economical art—think Edward Gorey drawing elegant stick figures—is married to dry, incisive humor, making each strip a carefully composed marvel. The Guardian strips have for the most part not been available to North Americans. This book will change that and establish Gauld on this side of the Atlantic as a cartoonist on par with Charles Addams and Gary Larson. (May)
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“Each single-page piece is a clever, funny, slightly bonkers riff on a literary theme.”—The Times UK

 

"Often intellectual, frequently absurd, always hilarious, they provide a whimsical and perceptive view of culture, literature, and life itself.”—Design Week

 

“A collective narrative that explores contemporary society in depth, forcing us to scrutinise ourselves and the realities we take for granted. More importantly they’re just seriously funny."—It’s Nice That

 

"Tom Gauld is pretty brilliant. You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack.. is ... dark and funny. Some of the best comics in the collection are the bookish ones, taking chummy digs at everyone from Martin Amis to the Brontës to “proper literature.” —Flavorwire

 

"These strips mix high culture with low, creating a rare alchemy that is pitch-perfect and full of fun. Gauld’s comic strips are smart, silly and hilarious.” —Cult Montreal

 

“That Gauld is able to get so much of that across with so little is like the most disarming, confounding magic trick.” —A.V. Club

 

“[You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack] consists of single panel cartoon that explore the passage of time, absurdism, and most of the 7 Deadly Sins, all presented with a sense of graceful whimsy that makes his work such a delight to read.”—Boing Boing

“Terrifically funny.”—Paste Magazine

"His economical art...is married to dry, incisive humor, making each strip a carefully composed marvel…[Gauld is] a cartoonist on par with Charles Addams and Gary Larson.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Library Journal
Following on the heels of Goliath is cartoonist Gauld’s (The New Yorker; The Believer) collection of weekly cartoons originally created for The Guardian. Considered the best in the field, Gauld uses a minimal, clean style that owes more to the classic elements of art than to over-the-top sight gags, giving the panels a restrained beauty to complement the oddball world they represent. This small sampling of work runs the gamut of subjects showing the author’s range of talent, although literature and academia are popular topics. Readers are treated here to a Feminist Fairy Godmother and the Bront? Sisters video game, as well as a host of acutely observed thoughts on popular culture, literature, science, and human nature that use the absurd as a touch point.

Verdict Intellectual and wryly funny and a treat for literary graphic novels readers.—E.W. Goodman, Art Inst. of Pittsburgh
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770461048
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 207,785
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Gauld lives in London. His comics frequently appear in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Believer. He has designed a number of book covers.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    This is a wonderful book of cartoons, many literary, some geekly

    This is a wonderful book of cartoons, many literary, some geekly.

    The title of the book comes from one of the cartoons, which highlights the rift between academic literature and genre -- specifically science fiction -- literature, and speculates as to the cause.

    If you're a writer, many of these cartoons are laugh-out-loud funny. If you're not a writer...I can't judge if you'll find them funny or just self-indulgent. Personally, I adored the content, and I'm also impressed with the physical book, which is nicely made and feels very good in the hands.

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