by John McNamee
Publisher: Lion Forge
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Genres: Graphic Novel, Humor
I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My rating:
Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back in the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But after a shoulder injury forced cartoonist John McNamee to simplify his drawing style and improvise comics, Pie Comics evolved into the beloved strip it is today! This new collection from The Onion and the New Yorker contributor features his most incisive and hilarious comics on knowledge, how we obtain it, and how we distort it.
I read and enjoyed the author’s previous collection, Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears, so I was excited to see that a new collection was coming soon. Unfortunately, this one was a lot less successful for me.
While the previous collection dealt with fairy tellings, fables, and other books, this one has the comics arranged as a sort of school with five subjects: The Arts, Social Sciences, Zoology, Science & Technology, and Business. At the end, there’s a “brief summary” of the history of the universe (my favorite comic, actually) and a “certificate” for successfully reading one book. While the format is amusing, it didn’t really work for me. Arranging them like this meant that similar comics were often arranged back-to-back, and honestly, when there’s three cops-and-robbers comics in a row, all with basically the same punchline, it’s hard to find any of them funny.