Courtesy of Beaverdale Books
Reviewed by Julie Goodrich
Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Internet provides so many riches. One of
the most enjoyable results of this easy-access-to-every-person-with-a-computer
is the ability to stumble across some of the
funniest people in comics who will never appear
in the Sunday paper.
The Oatmeal is one such web-comic, releasing
dark, sometimes informative and always hilarious
comics that cover everything from the author's
travails as a Web developer to the five different
types of crappy hugs. The wacky humor may not
be for everybody (and is definitely not for
kids) but for those who find subversive, slightly
twisted observations funny, "5 Very Good
Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth"
is a comic collection you won't want to miss.
The drawings aren't too dramatic or artful,
but they add considerably to the text — provoking
the fits of giggles that mark really good comedy.
This is a wild and eccentric collection that
will appeal to many different types of people
simply because the subject matter is so varied.
Some favorite comics include: "Ten Words
You Need to Stop Misspelling," "Why
Nikola Tesla is the Most Awesome Geek Who Ever
Lived" and the totally relatable, "How
to Suck at Facebook."
Not really meant for cover-to-cover reading,
"5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin
in the Mouth" would make excellent coffee
table reading, perfect for dipping in and out
when you need a laugh. Plus, it also comes with
a free poster, "Why I Believe Printers
Were Sent From Hell To Make Us Miserable."
How could you pass that up? CV