Zippy: Connect the Polka Dots

Overview

Collecting a year of America's last great comic strip.

Zippy the Pinhead is a pop culture icon. The surrealist-leaning character is one of the most recognizable figures on the newspaper pages, seen by tens of millions of people a day. Syndicated by King Features since 1986, Zippy is read in hundreds of daily newspapers across the country, while the Pinhead's trademark non-sequitur, "Are we having fun yet?," has become so often repeated it's in...
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Overview

Collecting a year of America's last great comic strip.

Zippy the Pinhead is a pop culture icon. The surrealist-leaning character is one of the most recognizable figures on the newspaper pages, seen by tens of millions of people a day. Syndicated by King Features since 1986, Zippy is read in hundreds of daily newspapers across the country, while the Pinhead's trademark non-sequitur, "Are we having fun yet?," has become so often repeated it's in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. His likeness has been grafittied on the Berlin Wall and aped for Saturday Night Live's classic "Conehead" sketches.

In this new Zippy collection, Zippy visits his doppelganger atop the Leaning Tower of Pizza, talks Republicanism with several symbolic elephants, imagines he's in a Deputy Dawg cartoon and deconstructs King Kong—and that's just between breakfast and lunch.

He also meets Arnold Stang (the voice of "Top Cat"), stars in a 1940s Film Noir, hitchhikes to Los Angeles to break into the television industry (with his mini-series adaptation of Allen Ginsburg's "Howl") and worships at the World's Largest Laundromat just outside Chicago.

Connecting the Polka Dots will be published in a unique, almost square format. Prepare yourself for another guided tour into the heart of weirdness!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zippy the Pinhead occupies a peculiar place in the American popscape, a completely uncategorizable daily comic strip syndicated by King Features for two decades in hundreds of papers. Zippy, a towering, bald-headed na f with permanent five-o'clock shadow and always attired in a spotted muumuu, wanders through exactingly rendered architectural backgrounds trading Dadaistic bon mots with a gallery of regulars. The result is a strangely intoxicating blend of the purposely anarchic, thickly pop-referential (everyone cuts the "e" off their "thes," just like in Little Orphan Annie) and surprisingly direct-just as one has settled into a stretch of surreal humor, Griffith slips in a jagged political barb. There are grace notes, as well, such as the strip set on a factory floor, where Charlie Chaplin can be seen lurking in a corner as a nice nod to Modern Times. Griffith is hardly above mocking himself, as in the strip where Zippy sits in a near-deserted diner and "it just seemed like th' right place to contemplate th' David Lynchian underbelly of the American dream." In an appendix the very precise Griffith details exactly what building he is reproducing in each strip, along with trivia (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560977773
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,016,271
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Griffith and Zippy are San Francisco icons, but Griffith now lives in Connecticut with his wife, the cartoonist Diane Noomin. He continues to create Zippy on a daily basis.
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