Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld
(Drawn & Quarterly, 2017, 160 pages)
This fun collection of comics caters directly to book-lovers and English professors. I enjoy Gauld’s artistic style and dry humor and I’ve already started looking into his past work. There were a number of comics in Baking with Kafka that I wanted to rip out and post around my office and/or send to friends. I’d recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation for literary-based humor. 😉
Just to get a taste for a taste of his work:
Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann
(Harry N. Abrams, 2016, 272 pages)
I follow Niemann on Instagram and didn’t realize how familiar I was with his work until I noticed how frequently his art appears on the cover of The New Yorker. There’s a lot of humor in his work and it makes me happy. In addition to being a collection of some of his pieces, Sunday Sketching also talks about how Niemann tackles the creative process. It was an interesting and quick read that only left me wanting to actually purchase the book for my collection and acquire his art for my walls.
This is a fun read for people who appreciate art/illustration and want insight into how this particular artist approaches life as a creative.
And for fun, here’s a taste of his Niemann’s artwork (all pulled from his website: http://www.christophniemann.com). You should also check out “The Gummi Bear Chronicles” on the New York Times’s Abstract Sunday blog – just because I like it ;).
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
(Simon & Schuster, 2008, 163 pages)
Brutally honest with sarcasm galore!
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt
(Scribner, 2015, 222 pages)
Life fit in around movies.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 191 pages)
Growing up: Doesn’t come easy
Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense
by Sarah Angleton
(Bright Button Press, 2017, 269 pages)
Interconnecting present-day and quirky history.
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
by Matthew Inman
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014, 148 pages)
Read – it’s easier than running.