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A modern Everywoman, Cathy has endeared herself to millions of fans who share her daily struggles with the four basic guilt groups: Food, Love, Mother and Career. This comic page heroine blazed a trail for single working women and continues her pursuit of perfection against odds every woman can relate to. We read. We identify. We laugh. Aaack!
By Cathy Guisewite
Cathy is for every bright thinking woman who takes 300 pounds of luggage on a two-day business trip…keeps a six-pack of candy in her briefcase…declares her independence, and then begs her mother to hem her dress-for-success outfit…and copes with modern relationships by buying more shoes.
$14 in the Bank and a $200 Face in My Purse gives a delightfully funny yet honest look at the single career woman's life. Cathy, the character who has given a voice to the anxieties and triumphs of modern women, is a must-read in newspapers worldwide. In this collection, Cathy has broken up with long-time beau Irving. She keeps busy binging on chocolate and fighting deadline pressures at the office—but Cathy's not too busy to explore modern methods of meeting men: by fax and through bachelor auctions. When her dog Electra gets depressed, the canine psychologist prescribes a visit with Irving to pep up the pup. Imagine Cathy's surprise when Irving reappears thirty pounds overweight. And her dismay and resentment over the next few weeks as the weight melts off him effortlessly.
Bad perms, bad dates, fights with the insurance company, shopping, and mother all take their toll in $14 in the Bank and a $200 Face in My Purse. Cathy has a uniquely funny way of coping with life, and her millions of fans count on Cathy to put their shared experiences in a humorous light.
"Cathy makes us laugh at the truth and at ourselves." --Working Woman Magazine
"A new-age female with old-fashioned roots, who calls the shots but still calls home." --Success Magazine
Cathy's unique insights into the traumas and triumphs of life have earned her a place in newspapers and on the desks, refrigerators, and bulletin boards of millions of readers. Creator Cathy Guisewite says she owes her success to "hope, candy, and a willingness to embarrass myself."
Cathy has been woman's best friend in matters of love, food, and shopping, although maybe not always in that order! Here is a collection for the frazzled modern woman who is forever plagued by the innate love of chocolate, and who is constantly in search of at least a semi-decent romance in the midst of career demands and parents who always have advice.
Get Fuzzy makes the fur fly. This freshly amusing strip is a darling among readers who enjoy pets with an attitude. This wry cartoon features Rob Wilco, a mild-mannered ad guy who's guardian to two rambunctious pets: Bucky, a temperamental cat who carries a boom box and goes on spending sprees, and Satchel, a gentle canine who tries to remain neutral even when he bears the brunt of Bucky's mischief. Together, this unlikely trio hangs out together, watching TV, cooking for friends, and attempting the occasional adventure outside. Anyone who has a pet or even knows one will find this Get Fuzzy collection, The Dog is Not a Toy, an astutely witty take on relationships between the species.
By Darby Conley
[Trudeau ranks as] one of the foremost sociopolitical satirists of recent decades."
While some in the Doonesbury universe seek office, others serve. Alex and her Seattle co-hordes devote their young, restless, and body-pierced Deaniac energy to hooking up "flash art" with politics. Half a world away in Iraq, a major bad boy from stateside devotes himself to liberating the city of Al Amok, ruling with a steady hand, a full glass, a devoted Chinese handler, and an economy based on looting. As fate would have it, B.D. finds himself heading upriver on an apocalyptic mission to terminate Al Duke with extreme prejudice, a story line so made-for-TV that B.D. feels compelled to bang out the screenplay on his laptop in real time. Fortunately for the man known to Honey as "sir," the media red-lights the hit, though car bombers quickly pick up the option and put the project back in play.
In the homeland, a wartime president has the answer to almost all the questions ("9-11") but tries to shelve the still incomplete story of his own National Guard duty back in the daze. Mark and Zonk join the war against trash politics by offering a $10,000 reward for any witness who can collaborate the flightsuit-in-chief's account, but their efforts, alas, come to naught. Yes, it's a divided nation. On the west coast sexual assault charges accompany a rise to power, while back east they mandate a fall: Walden College's acting coach, Boopstein, lets accusations of way-personal fouls force her football team off the field. Sex parties for recruits? "Who knew we were that competitive?" marvels President King, ending Boopsie's gridiron apprenticeship with two little words: "You're fired."
By G. B. Trudeau
The Fab Four of the funny pages come together again-this time in their first book treasury.
Rat, Pig, Zebra, and Goat, the central characters of Pearls Before Swine, are back in Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the first Pearls Before Swine treasury-supersized for your enjoyment.
But this is no ordinary cartoon treasury. Like the influential Beatles album that inspired the book's title, Sgt. Piggy is full of surprises. In addition to collecting all of the Pearls cartoons that appeared in BLTs Taste So Darn Good and This Little Piggy Stayed Home, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes readers on a VIP backstage tour of one of the most successful comic strips in newspapers today.
In Sgt. Piggy, Pastis explains the genesis of Pearls (hint: it didn't begin at an artist's easel), why he was initially reluctant to show it to newspaper syndicates (and the surprising reason he changed his mind), the unexpected responses from readers to his work, and which Pearls strips worked and which ones didn't (and how he would have corrected the ones that didn't). The result is a rare and revealing glimpse into the world of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra. Full of humor and insight, sardonic asides and unexpected truths, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic is a book that comics fans everywhere can enjoy anytime-even when they're 64!
By Stephan Pastis
Syndicated by United Feature Syndicate, Get Fuzzy appears in 250 newspapers, from the Los Angeles Times to the Detroit Free Press to the Philadelphia Enquirer. Darby Conley's first book, This Dog Is Not a Toy, sold more than 115,000 copies; his second book, Fuzzy Logic, more than 85,000.When he was a child, Darby Conley used to wonder what his beloved pooch was thinking. That curiosity led to his creation of the hilarious strip Get Fuzzy in 1999, which has rapidly become one of the most popular cartoons in newspaper syndication. Showcasing the relationship between Bucky, a temperamental cat with an attitude; the sweet and sensitive dog Satchel; and their mild-mannered human companion, Rob Wilco, Get Fuzzy has cornered the market on anthropomorphic antics.
Anyone who finds animals both amazing and amusing will find this new Get Fuzzy collection one of the most bitingly funny books ever printed.
Growing up isn't always fun in real life, but in the world of FoxTrot, it's always worth a laugh. Between overblown science experiments, babysitting jobs from hell, and sibling rivalry honed to an art form, the Fox household reverberates the sounds of a far-out, yet familiar, family life.
One of FoxTrot's great appeals is its understanding of the pains and pleasures of youth. The Fox kids—little brother Jason, the mischievous genius; sister Paige, the boy-crazy shopping fanatic; and big brother Peter, a sports fan with aspirations to be a sports star—interact naturally, which is to say loudly and vigorously. In addition, creator Bill Amend uses many real-life situations and dilemmas modern kids face to frame his stories. "It's a tricky balance," says the artist. "On one hand I have this wonderful opportunity to present good role models to younger readers, but at the same time I want to be funny." And he succeeds. In At Least This Place Sells T-Shirts, parents Andy and Roger continue to preside over the unpredictable household antics of the Fox family.
By Bill Amend
Get ready to be bedazzled! Dana Simpson's Phoebe and Her Unicorn is back with more sparkles than ever! In this fourth volume, join in the adventure as Phoebe and Marigold confront messy rooms, trouble at school, and a nasty case of “Sparkle Fever.” Follow the pair back to Camp Wolfgang, where their old pals Sue (a.k.a. “Monster Girl”) and Ringo, the lake creature, remind them that being weird is WAY more fun than being normal.
By Dana Simpson
The Argyle Sweater has sold nearly 1 million greeting cards through American Greetings, and more than 100,000 2011 calendars.
With more than 1 million greeting cards sold, Scott Hilburn's The Argyle Sweater dresses up the funny page with an argyle-wearing assortment of cavemen, bears, moths, and pompadour-styled humans, along with an occasional evil scientist.
Boasting a readership ranging from the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times to the Calgary Herald, The Argyle Sweater fuses Hilburn's visceral talent and bold pen stroke. What results is a cerebrally astute cartoon panel that comments on popular culture, human nature, and society in a clever and spontaneous way.
By Scott Hilburn