Comic Collection Giveaway: ‘Dilbert’, ‘Zits’, ‘Pearls Before Swine’, and More

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Andrews McMeel Comics
Andrews McMeel Comics

When it comes to reading the Sunday comics, there are two kinds of people. There are those like my oldest son, who will flip through, reading just the two or three he likes, and tossing the rest. Then there are those like myself who take a more holistic and philosophical approach. Just as there can be no joy without suffering, nor pleasure without pain, one cannot enjoy the simple puns of Stephan, pig, and rat, nor the clever one-upmanship between Zoe and Hammie without the contrast of the painfully unfunny Fred Basset or Marmaduke.

If you’re like my son, then you’re gonna love this giveaway. If I had to pick the ten best comic strips running today, these six would all find a place in that list.

Extra Cheesy Zits: A Zits Treasury

Jim and Jerry are at it again, bridging the gap between teens and parents with this hilarious collection with the vomit-inducing title. Zits is required reading for anyone with a teenage son, if for no other reason than to reassure yourself you’re not the only one going through this.

Extra Cheesy Zits: A Zits Treasury
by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
Paperback: 10-7/8″ x 9-1/2″, 208 pages
$18.99 ($24.99 Canada)

Gross!: A Baby Blues Collection

Apparently not content with just one hilarious parent/child comic strip, Zits co-creator Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman bring us a glimpse of modern parenting through the MacPherson family. Sibling rivalries abound in this collection that includes informative and witty commentary by the authors.

Gross!: A Baby Blues Collection
by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
Paperback: 10-7/8″ x 8-1/2″, 208 pages
$18.99 ($24.99 Canada)

Year of Yesh: A Mutts Treasury

Celebrating the special bond between pets and their people, this collection of the best of Earl and Mooch highlights a year’s worth of both black-and-white and color strips of author Patrick McConnell’s distinctive style. Mutts is a reaffirming look at the power of friendship and the love we have for our furry friends.

Year of Yesh: A Mutts Treasury
by Patrick McDonnell
Paperback: 10-7/8″ x 8-1/2″, 208 pages
$19.99 ($25.99 Canada)

Stephan’s Web: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

My personal favorite of the set. Stephan Pastis is the master of groan-inducing puns and biting social commentary. The cynical polar opposite to the uplifting Mutts, this paperback collection features Rat, Pig, Goat, Zebra, the Crocs, and Stephan himself at their worst.

Stephan’s Web: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
by Stephan Pastis
Paperback: 8-1/2″ x 9″, 128 pages
$14.99 ($19.99 Canada)

Happy as a Clam: The Twenty-First Sherman’s Lagoon Collection

Sherman’s Lagoon is a satirical look at the world through the eyes of the undersea Everyman. Sherman is exactly what Peter Griffin or Homer Simpson used to be back when Family Guy and The Simpsons were funny: a loving father and a trusted friend who is just trying to bumble his way through life the best he can.

Happy as a Clam: The Twenty-First Sherman’s Lagoon Collection
by Jim Toomey
Paperback: 8-1/2″ x 9″, 128 pages
$14.99 ($19.99 Canada)

I’m No Scientist, But I Think Feng Shui Is Part of the Answer

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Dilbert has been telling the story of the struggling engineer in a world of incompetent management and weaselly salespeople for nearly 30 years. Dilbert may have traded in his IBM-era curly tie for a GPS/NFC employee tracking device, but though the technology has changed, his daily struggles with his demagogue dog, moron of a boss, and socially dysfunctional co-workers remain the same.

I’m No Scientist, But I Think Feng Shui Is Part of the Answer
by Scott Adams
Hardback: 8.9″ x 9.2″, 160 pages
$19.99 ($22.99 Canada)


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