...meet the new (toon) boss...
December 13, 2004 6:54 AM   Subscribe

Meet my favorite "new" 'toonist, if you haven't already. Andy Singer: I'm currently reading his latest "No Exit" collection about five times a week, but you can find free samples on his website, his CarToons over at Slate, some BikeToons at BikeReader.com, not to mention more in dozens of papers, mags and books, and on the web. (Interview.)
posted by Shane (8 comments total)
Here's one I like to call MetaTalk.

And this is just too cool.
posted by Shane at 6:59 AM on December 13, 2004

hey that's pretty cool, and I don't even like comics
posted by Hands of Manos at 7:59 AM on December 13, 2004

Nice stuff, especially No Exit. CarToons kinda seems to be the same joke over and over, but I'm probably bitter because I'd hoped that something named CarToons would have to do with automotive enthusiasts,
like the old magazine (which I used to love as a teenager).
posted by mendel at 8:16 AM on December 13, 2004

mendel, CarToons is for automotive unenthusiasts. I remember it well from Car Busters magazine.

I don't know whether he still does, but when you bought one of Andy's books, it often came with a CD-R of 600dpi TIFFs of all the images therein. My cubicle used to be covered in 'em.
posted by scruss at 9:01 AM on December 13, 2004

This is awesome. Seen the 'toons here and there, but never really paid any attention. Now I am going to order his books. Great post!!
posted by Quartermass at 9:32 AM on December 13, 2004

[this is good]
posted by kamylyon at 9:46 AM on December 13, 2004

mendel, CarToons is for automotive unenthusiasts.

That was one of the things that first struck me about Singer. He hates cars, the folly of modern life, and many of my personal peeves as much or more than I do. But he doesn't limit himself to that, he does just plain funny or whimsical toons too, like the Russian-doll Friendship one I linked to above. Comparisons to Ted Rall are inevitable, but he's nowhere near as heavy-handed or constantly political, and he's just as likely to be compared to the Far Side (but never likely to be called "derivative" of anyone.)

I have to say his best stuff is probably not in the samples, but is well-represented in that No Exit collection. Best ten bucks I've spent in ages. No, I'm not being a shill, I just seriously love this stuff big time.

Okay, I'll curb my enthusiasm now. I'm just all warm and fuzzy at the moment.
posted by Shane at 9:48 AM on December 13, 2004

thanks much. i appreciated the cartoons, and even the humor a little:

Forget not the Titanium Rule: Signal unto others as thou wouldst have others signal unto thou.

And moving right along, there came four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and they were the Taxicab Driver, and the Motorcycle Messenger, and the White Van Man, and the Man Opening a Car Door Without Looking.

beware the White Van Man! i have seen him too!
posted by mrgrimm at 11:48 AM on December 13, 2004

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