Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries


Collects a full two-and-a-half years of the cult comic strip, with ?extras.?
Comprising a full two and a half years? worth of dailies and full-color Sundays, The Dingburg Diaries is the third Zippy book featuring tales of ?Dingburg, the City Inhabited Entirely by Pinheads??Zippy?s home town. There?s even a long series of ?Historical Dingburg? strips, chronicling the pinhead population through the years, from 1840, when Dingburg?s ?Town Fool? accidentally invented disco, to 1958 ...
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Collects a full two-and-a-half years of the cult comic strip, with “extras.”
Comprising a full two and a half years’ worth of dailies and full-color Sundays, The Dingburg Diaries is the third Zippy book featuring tales of “Dingburg, the City Inhabited Entirely by Pinheads”—Zippy’s home town. There’s even a long series of “Historical Dingburg” strips, chronicling the pinhead population through the years, from 1840, when Dingburg’s “Town Fool” accidentally invented disco, to 1958 when Dingburg Beatniks flourished in the town’s Bohemian neighborhood. Like, Yowl, man. God also has his own chapter (and verse). In the guise of a clip art “author ity figure,” he dispenses unwanted advice and conditional love upon the citizens of Dingburg. His tendency to cross-dress reaches new heights when he appears in a performance of “Swine Lake,” wearing a tutu. Sacrilegious, yet sensitive. There are large chunks of Mr. The Toad, Zerbina, Little Zippy and the rest of Griffith’s cast of characters throughout this expanded collection. Published in a larger 8” by 10” format, The Dingburg Diaries also features a big color section, showcasing Griffith’s inventive palette. There are parodies of the paintings of Edward Hopper and Film Noir, and “Griffy’s Top Ten List On Comics and Their Creation” a semi-serious mini-tutorial on everything (well, ten things) he’s learned in over forty years at the drawing board.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is easy to assume that in an era of cutbacks and shrinking space, most newspaper strips have been reduced to stale humor and uninteresting artwork. Bill Griffith proves otherwise. In this latest collection of the last two and a half years of Zippy strips, Griffith has brought forth a further expansion of his pinhead world, with subjects ranging wide and far. It covers Zippy’s hometown Dingburg and its many unique pinhead denizens, the Dingburg Zombies and their obsession with Hostess treats, and even reintroduces the hilarious swindler Mr. The Toad, one of Griffith’s early counterculture characters. Panels are loaded with cackle-worthy comments, such as when a Dingburg Beatnik discovers that William S. Burroughs is dead: “I knew th’ cat was gone... but I didn’t know he was that gone!” There are worlds within each of these strips, and Griffith does not hesitate to cram each with his own mix of rich and detailed drawings and absurd dialogue delivered with a straight face. Griffith is like Ben Katchor—both are masters of creating places that are familiar but undeniably off-kilter, and Griffith’s storytelling remains as strange and delightful as ever. (July)
Library Journal
This latest collection of cartoonist Griffith’s most famous creation, the newspaper strip Zippy the Pinhead, is dominated by stories based in Zippy’s fictional hometown, Dingburg, where all the residents are like him, both in appearance—having pear-shaped heads with stemlike topknots and dressed in polka-dotted muumuus—and in their bizarre behavior and speech. The collection is divided into seven sections, each gathering strips that focus on a subject or character. Although only the first two sections are exclusively about Dingburg, the city and its residents appear throughout, with the exception of Griffith’s autobiographical strips. The art is detailed, especially the backgrounds, and the color in the Sunday strips is beautiful. However, the Dingburg pieces merely describe odd things like Dingburgers and, when not relying on stale puns, generally fail to have any sort of resolution. The absence of the elements most readers expect from a comic strip—humor, characterization, or an ongoing plot—will turn them off; even fans may be disappointed, as many strips lack even Zippy himself.

Verdict Not recommended.—Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN
(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: 9781606996416
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,008,225
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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