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Remember when The Simpsons was the funniest show on television?
The Simpsons is the longest running comedy in history. Gracing our screens since 1989, with over 600 episodes, the show is a cultural phenomenon. Whilst it is still drawing huge ratings numbers, there is no argument that during the 90s the show was at its zenith.
No other comedy has had as big an impact on society. The Simpsons has influenced the way we communicate with each other. Niche quotes and references have become the secret handshake of millions around the world. In the course of this book, we remember the iconic characters – Hank Scorpio and Lionel Hutz, Rex Banner and Frank Grimes - and we dissect seminal episodes such as Cape Feare, Marge Vs the Monorail and Who Shot Mr. Burns.
From celebrity cameos to musical moments, from hidden jokes to insane trivia, this is the essential companion to golden age of The Simpsons. Homer’s Odyssey is a hilarious, intelligent and in-depth analysis of the greatest show on earth.
So grab yourself a Flaming Moe, settle in to your groove on the couch, and enjoy our guide to your favourite yellow family.
See the world differently...
Around the World in Cut Outs is a bright, fun and beautiful collection of the talents of the Instagram star, Rich McCor or Paperboyo as he is better known. Setting out one day to photograph the world around him a little differently, Rich's playful vignettes have taken the Internet by storm as he totally transforms familiar landmarks into works of art, simply by cutting out paper.
In this stunning collection, including exclusive specially commissioned images, Rich takes us on a globe-trotting tour as he makes the familiar world his playground, taking the sites we know and love and injecting a bit of fun into the everyday.
Features exclusive specially commissioned unseen images, behind-the-scenes photographs and interactive cut-outs to explore yourself!
I Wonder What I’m Thinking About brings artist and illustrator Moose Allain’s best creations together in one place, in a colourful, amusing and sometimes confusing collector’s item.
Moose draws cartoons, comic strips, book illustrations, doodles, diagrams, maps and guides. He uses Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Photoshop. He makes photographs, captions, logos, web graphics, animations and films.
He paints and he draws and he doodles. He writes short stories, puns, riddles, essays, to-do lists and to-don’t lists. He draws ducks, bees, Vikings, eggs, sheep, umbrellas and flowers.
If you’ve ever wondered what he’s thinking about… this is it. This book is filled to the brim with the best of his work, and at the heart of it Moose tries to work out just what it is that unites his amalgam of unique, funny and distinctly varied work.
‘[Giles’s] genius was capturing the views of ordinary folk . . . Wonderful cartoons.’ Nick Robinson, Radio 4 Today
Few contemporaries captured Britain's indomitable wartime spirit as well or as wittily as the cartoonist Carl Giles. Now, for the first time, the very best of the cartoons he produced between 1939 and 1945 are brought together, including many that have not seen the light of day in over 75 years.
As a young cartoonist at Reynold’s News and then the Daily Express, Giles's work provided a crucial morale boost – and much-needed laughs – to a population suffering daily privations and danger, and Giles's War shows why. Here are his often hilarious takes on the great events of the war – from the Fall of France, via D-Day, to the final Allied victory – but also his wryly amusing depictions of ordinary people in extraordinary times, living in bombed-out streets, dealing with food shortages, coping with blackouts, railing against bureaucracy and everyday annoyances. It's a brilliantly funny chronicle of our nation’s finest hour, as well as a fitting tribute to one of our greatest cartoonists.
WARNING: Ben Cameron’s Tragidoodles contains 101 drawings that will break your heart.
Ben Cameron’s tragidoodles have been hailed as “the most upsetting doodles in the world” (Mirror) and as the work of “an artist with a knack for pulling on the internet’s heartstrings” (Buzzfeed).
This first-ever printed collection brings together Ben’s most popular, heartbreaking, bittersweet and endlessly witty cartoons, combining his viral creations with brand new, never-before-shared illustrations. Flip through and witness the dinosaurs’ final moments on Earth, a melting candle facing its all but certain demise, a hedgehog who’s just looking for love, an existential bear and a host of other creatures who are just trying to make it through the day.
Packed with 101 illustrations that will make you sad, make you laugh, and then make you feel bad for laughing, Tragidoodles is a must-have collection and the perfect Christmas gift.
'Gorgeous and funny! Like a labrador doing stand-up' - Noel Fielding
'A horrible, hilarious little book' - The Times
'Wonderfully offensive... Wonderfully vicious' - The Huffington Post
The brainchild of a late night and one too many drinks, Hate Mail began with self-styled ‘Master of Pens’, Mr. Bingo, sending a single tweet off into the pipes of the internet. It read: ‘I will send a postcard with an offensive message on to the first person who replies to this’. Then, the replies came in.
Over 1000 abusive postcards later, Mr. Bingo has become the world’s hate mailist par excellence, verbally and visually abusing people the world over, all eager to receive their own bespoke piece of personalised spite. Hilariously irreverent and insidiously inspired, Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection is the ultimate celebration of Mr. Bingo’s Hate Mail project. Previously available only via a Kickstarter subscription, this bumper edition of ALL NEW postcards is a must-have for all Hate Mail devotees.
The book that’s missing from 55 million offices and conference rooms around the world: the idiot’s guide to the idiot’s guide to conquering the corporate meeting.
In it you will learn the essential subtle tricks that pay big dividends by making you look really clever in meetings: constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions, how to nail the big presentation by pacing and getting someone else to control your slides.
Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, Sarah Cooper's 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings gives you actionable ways to use words like 'actionable', in order to sound smart.
'So impossibly funny, clever, demented, charming and altogether wonderful that I was a convert within three pages. Buy it for everyone you know, regardless of what you think they like. Brilliant stuff' Lucy Mangan, Stylist Books of the Year
'An eye-opener... The more I think about this, the higher I esteem it' - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Books of the Year
*Winner of the British Book Design and Production Award for Graphic Novels*
*Winner of the Neumann Prize in the History of Mathematics*
*Nominated for the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist*
In The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures
Meet two of Victorian London's greatest geniuses... Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron: mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first ever appearance of general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. And Charles Babbage, eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer, if he had ever finished it.
But what if things had been different? The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a delightful alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and use it to create runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wider realms of mathematics and, of course, fight crime - for the sake of both London and science. Extremely funny and utterly unusual, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage comes complete with historical curiosities, extensive footnotes and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered computer. And ray guns.
Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2015 is a compelling, razor-sharp and frequently hilarious collection of almost 200 of the year's most acerbic and insightful political cartoons.
All the highs and lows of the past year are covered: from major international events (the conflicts in the Middle East, Greece's continuing crisis, the FIFA corruption scandal), to more local issues (such as the Scottish independence vote, the fluctuating fortunes of UKIP and, of course, the 2015 general election) – not to mention the offbeat and bizarre (Boris Johnson's hair, Ed Miliband's taste in sandwiches).
With contributions from Britain's finest cartoonists, including Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Dave Brown, Chris Riddell and Martin Rowson, it's the perfect bedside book – and a browser's delight,