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WEIRD TO EXIST d’Alison Zai

Vibrant yet darkly humorous comics for commiserating over life’s deepest concerns, from Instagram artist Alison Zai.

WEIRD TO EXIST:
Simple Comics About Complex Feelings
by Alison Zai
Ten Speed, April 2022

We all know the gut-wrenching pang that comes after accepting a beautiful moment will soon become a distant memory. We all get into cycles where it feels like the failures and disappointments just keep coming. Instagram comics artist Alison Zai presents WEIRD TO EXIST, a collection of 100 comics that depict these universal emotions and existential musings with great accuracy and empathy.
This bright, colorful book is divided into three intrinsic human acts—loving, creating, and existing–and, ultimately, comments on how weird it is to do all of that. Zai’s cheery anthropomorphic characters go through the motions of relationships, loneliness, creativity blocks, mental health concerns, social anxiety, and more. These comics voice the overwhelming dread and unpredictable chaos found in all aspects of being alive. With sharp levity and emotional complexity, WEIRD TO EXIST captures the feelings that are not easily communicated but widely felt. This collection features 30 never-before-published comics alongside a selection of beloved fan favorites from Zai’s Instagram account.

Alison Zai is a comics artist who has garnered success by sharing her art on Instagram and Tumblr. She lives in Los Angeles where she is expanding her career as an artist.

HOW TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD de Ryan North

A tongue-in-cheek introduction to the science of comic-book supervillainy, revealing the true potential of today’s most advanced technologies.

HOW TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD
by Ryan North
Riverhead, March 2022
(via The Gernert Company)

Taking over the world is a lot of work. Any supervillain is bound to have questions: What’s the perfect location for a floating secret base? What zany heist will fund my immoral plans? How do I control the weather, destroy the internet, and never, ever die? In How to Take Over the World, bestselling author and award-winning comics writer Ryan North details a number of outlandish villainous schemes, drawing on known science and real-world technologies. Picking up where How to Invent Everything left off, his explanations are as fun and informative as they are completely absurd. As he instructs readers on how to take over the world, North also reveals how we can save it. This sly guide to some of the greatest challenges and existential threats facing humanity accessibly explores ways to mitigate climate change, improve human life spans, prevent cyberterrorism, and finally make Jurassic Park a reality.

« A witty pop science guide intended for those demanding times when one needs to create a civilization from scratch… wry humor keeps the discussion lighthearted. North’s ‘survival guide’ is a fun, thoughtful, and thoroughly accessible reference for curious readers, students, and world-builders, as well as wayward time travelers. » ―Publishers Weekly, starred

Ryan North is a New York Times–bestselling author whose books include How to Invent Everything, Romeo and/or Juliet, and To Be or Not To Be. He’s the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award–winning writer of Adventure Time, Jughead, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics, and he has a master’s in computational linguistics from the University of Toronto. Ryan lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.

A COOKBOOK FOR MILLENALS de Caleb Couturie, illustré par Benj Zeller

Look, your parents can’t cook for you forever and you can’t have every meal delivered!

A COOKBOOK FOR MILLENALS:
And Literally Anyone Else but IDK If the Jokes Will Make Sense Sorry 🙁
by Caleb Couturie
illustrated by Benj Zeller
Cameron Books/Abrams, August 2021

Is avocado toast your primary food group? Do you own a small family of succulents? Do you suck at cooking but thrive at brunch? Well, you might be a millennial who would enjoy this cookbook. You might not even be a millennial! That’s okay. You’ll get more than 30 delicious recipes that anyone can easily conquer. Buy now! Or don’t. No pressure.

Caleb Couturie developed a love for cooking at a young age. Once he overcame his fear of bacon grease, it was only uphill from there. He was trained in the kitchen by world-famous chefs (on YouTube, but let’s not split hairs), and his culinary taste can be described as “bold, creative, and probably excessive.” When he’s not exploring his body’s limitations with dairy, Couturie works as a copywriter in advertising. Just think of Jon Hamm in Mad Men, but less successful, talented, and handsome.
Benj Zeller is lactose intolerant but will risk it all for a slice of Costco pizza. He’s also a big fan of bad ideas when it comes to food, and his dream is to someday eat spicy wings on Hot Ones. (Not for the fame, just for the thrills.) When he’s not putting his digestive system through hell, he works as an art director and designer in Portland, Oregon.

WHAT’S UP, BEANIE? d’Alina Tysoe

A collection of 160 comics from the hugely popular What’s Up, Beanie?, all adorable, humorously frank, completely wholesome, and acutely relatable.

WHAT’S UP, BEANIE?
Actually Relatable Comics
by Alina Tysoe

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, August 2021
(chez Carol Mann Agency – voir catalogue)

Hilariously eccentric and self-aware, Alina Tysoe, the pink-haired illustrator behind the wildly popular WHAT’S UP, BEANIE?, captures relatable topics like family, the awkward pains of social anxiety, sweet moments of love and a growing relationship, amusing childhood stories, and her intense love of dogs. Adorably drawn, these endearing snapshots of Alina’s life are surprisingly familiar, as if they’ve been taken from your own life: finding solace with a lone puppy at a crowded party, the frustration of deciding what to eat for dinner, making the mistake of hitting the snooze button, accidentally stepping on a dog’s foot and feeling like a MONSTER, and tons more! Including dozens of all-new exclusive comics in addition to fan favorites, this collection is perfect for those who need a laugh at the small agonies of life.

Alina Tysoe is the pink-haired 20-something-year-old illustrator behind WHAT’S UP, BEANIE?, a humorous, wholesome web comic that’s viewed by 1.5 million people every week. She lives with her husband in Canada and is a 2D animator by day.

OFF: The Day the Internet Died de Chris Colin, illustré par Rinee Shah

A hilarious and timely illustrated bedtime (fantasy) story for adults (and young adults).

OFF: The Day the Internet Died (A Bedtime Fantasy)
by Chris Colin, illustrated by Rinee Shah
Prestel, Fall 2020

OFF shows us how weird and wonderful it would be if the Internet was banished from existence, in the Biblical sense, as it probably should be. It’s GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP for the tech-addicted masses and might possibly save the world!

OFF is for the millions of anxious college kids, parents, and previously functional people touched by the Internet, all around the world, ages 18 to 65. It crosses business, psychology, humor, and lifestyle. Basically, it’s a fantasy priced at the low low price of…a book.

Chris Colin contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Outside Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, Afar Magazine, Wired and many other publications. He has a piece in this year’s Best American Science & Nature Writing. He’s the co-author of What to Talk About, as well as What Really Happened to the Class of ’93 and Blindsight, named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2011, and This Is Camino which was nominated for a James Beard Award. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Rinee Shah is a former art director (The New York Times, Apple) and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. Her illustration projects have been featured in Dwell, Fast Company, Juxtapoz, Mashable, and the Huffington Post.