Zippy: Type "Z" Personality

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America's last great newspaper strip, presented the way it should be read!
Bill Griffith's 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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America's last great newspaper strip, presented the way it should be read!
Bill Griffith's 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 graffitied on the Berlin Wall and aped for Saturday Night Live's classic "Conehead" sketches.This new Zippy collection features approximately a year's worth of strips, from November 2004 through November 2005, including full-color Sundays. Unlike most newspaper pages, the book sports top-notch reproduction worthy of Griffith's master draftsmanship. Part satire, part philosophy, and part surrealism, Zippy is one having fun pinhead and the perfect antidote to the real world.In Type "Z" Personality, Zippy's new collection of daily and Sunday strips, Zippy dabbles in haiku, visits the malls of Australia, talks to Albert Einstein, lampoons "Manga" and goes into a deep trance while bowling. And if all that wasn't enough, Zippy insults Dick Cheney while imagining he's the hood ornament on a 1931 Studebaker.

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Editorial Reviews

Village Voice
“Totally wigged-out, oddly endearing, off-the-wall hysterical!”
Ray Olson - Booklist
“The third annual gathering of the strangest and, for many, most delightful newspaper comic since "Krazy Kat."”
The Sun
“The smartest, funniest, most culturally forward-looking syndicated feature in American newspapers...celebrate this wonderful bundle of the stuff.”
Los Angeles Reader
“Not since Rabelais or Twain has down-to-earth humor packed such a profound, and at the same time sublime, punch!”
Herb Caen
“Griffith has achieved immortality.”
Stanford Daily
“Zippy is the ultimate amalgamation of the insane, the absurd and the hilarious. ”
R. Crumb
“Zippy is the best comic strip being drawn in America.”
Publishers Weekly
Subscribers to newspapers that run Zippy the Pinhead should be grateful for just how wonderful their world is. Every day they can open up the funnies and among formulaic strips read about a freak (of the Tod Browning variety) in a muu-muu who helps us comprehend our pop culture-soaked world in a most postmodern way. It's rare to find something so smart that's so accessible. To help newcomers get a handle on the strip, this collection opens with the six-part series Understand Zippy. Zippy and Griffith's cartoon alter-ego, Griffy, explain the philosophy of the strip, declaring that the boundary between high and low art shall not be observed and the absurd in life will be appreciated to the fullest. The rest of the book lives up to its promises with most of the strips revolving around Zippy speaking to roadside attractions-when he isn't speaking to works of cubism, that is. Griffith draws his characters in a stylized manner, but the real-life attractions (catalogued in the "Pindex" found in the back of the book) are drawn photorealistically. They blend together so well because of the compatible meeting of the bizarre. This is a strip that thrives on the mix between the real and the unreal. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560976981
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Griffith lives in Connecticut with his wife, the cartoonist Diane Noomin.

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