I am always honored to be part of the Poetic Book Tours group of bloggers as I get to work with amazing bloggers and a great manager, and I have to admit that receiving books I'd never pick up for review is definitely a plus. This month, I had the honor to review Stranger Than Life and I had never been happier to receive a book in the mail.
A satirical piece depicting the post-modern world we live in and all of its glory and nonsense in the form of meticulously drawn caricatures? That's Stranger Than Life.
MK Brown's collection of comics covers an array of daily societal (mis)adventures the everyday citizen of the 21st century experiences, however in a series of ridiculous and "stranger than life" ways. From following two flies who want to make movies (I relate) to work meetings interrupted by pretty horses, this anthology, if I can call it this way, makes fun of the average citizen and how they take everything way too seriously.
Brown is known for creating wacky, different, and extremely funny characters, and I have to say that I laughed my way through the book. "I like to draw things I don't understand so that others don't understand them also." is the caption Brown used for her Science and Technology chapter, and I have never related to something as much. From the humorous ways she draws your average middle-class white boy to turning a volcano into a bearded man, the charm of the stories is found in their complete nonsense.
My favorite pages were 84 and 85, respectively a drawing of cars driving in "Spellcheckville" with falling "bockses" and danger spelled "dagner", followed by a 2-panel comic of a doctor saying to his patient that "it might be a little painful", before shooting an arrow at him. I think that Brown's humour is depicted all throughout the book, but it is in her short one or two-panel pages that she is able to create an entire universe of comedy.
What I personally disliked was the switch from color to black and white, because yes, many of the pages are even in color. The illustrations are stunning, and despite the drawings being completely out of my comfort zone (as I'm more familiar with Archies and Japanese animation), I still enjoyed it thoroughly. The color shift did throw me off though, just because it felt like reading an entire new book and it took a few pages before I could adapt -- and then it switched back to black and white.
All in all, I highly recommend this humorous piece : it reads quickly, is absolutely hilarious and honestly turns everything you've ever known around. The wackiest characters and stories I have ever read are found in these four decade long comics, and I enjoyed every single second of it.
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