Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.
Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals, The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.
He grew from a tiny idea on the back of a napkin to a tiny idea in thousands of books.
And now, after three long years and hundreds of cartoons there’s still only one ROGER – whether hanging out at work, at leisure or on his travels, he's exposed much and little of himself and lived a dressed-down life blissfully ignorant of his trouser-free predicament.
With ROGER it’s always a revelation and in a lifetime made up of so many outstanding moments, these are the ones that frankly stood out the most.
It’s all out there, from a man who knows no bounds or any tailors - there's something here for everyone and some things no-one will ever want to touch.
We proudly present 'The Full ROGER' – The best bits of ROGER’s best bit.
Enter the extraordinarily ordinary world of a half-dressed man.
In the world of ROGER, silence speaks volumes, whether in the workplace, at leisure, or on his travels.
In this debut collection of captionless cartoons, we share in the mundane, deadpan adventures of an expressionless, wordless, harmless man, whose full-on, half-dressed presence only we seem to notice.
Tied to the workplace, but freed from the shackles of his lower garments, ROGER continues to go about his business in his own unassuming and bemused fashion.
Who is he? What is he thinking? Where are his trousers? These are all questions to which perhaps only ROGER has the answer, but for now he's content to hold his peace.
This textless, trouserless book opens a window on to ROGER's life at work and promises to stand out from the crowd. As ROGER might say, if only he spoke – bring it up, bring it on, bring it out...
Boasting a readership ranging from the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times to the Calgary Herald, The Argyle Sweater fuses Hilburn's visceral talent and bold pen stroke. What results is a cerebrally astute cartoon panel that comments on popular culture, human nature, and society in a clever and spontaneous way.
From Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick, from Seth to Marshall McLuhan, Heer considers the literary and social contributions of canonical authors, artists, theorists and polemicists alike. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and genres, he links sex to economics, porn to high-brow literature, and tackles the oddball themes of cannibalism and vegetable sex in Canadian fiction. He examines the struggles of science fiction writers and the artistic opportunities of comic artists, weighing in on partisan politics for good measure.
Rich with contextual detail and social commentary, these essays examine the cultural, historical and political forces that inform the books we read and write.
"There is real hope for a culture that makes it as easy to buy a book as it does a pack of cigarettes."—a civic leader quoted in a New American Library ad (1951)
American Pulp tells the story of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and how they brought modernism to Main Street, democratized literature and ideas, spurred social mobility, and helped readers fashion new identities. Drawing on extensive original research, Paula Rabinowitz unearths the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic impact of the pulps between the late 1930s and early 1960s.
Published in vast numbers of titles, available everywhere, and sometimes selling in the millions, pulps were throwaway objects accessible to anyone with a quarter. Conventionally associated with romance, crime, and science fiction, the pulps in fact came in every genre and subject. American Pulp tells how these books ingeniously repackaged highbrow fiction and nonfiction for a mass audience, drawing in readers of every kind with promises of entertainment, enlightenment, and titillation. Focusing on important episodes in pulp history, Rabinowitz looks at the wide-ranging effects of free paperbacks distributed to World War II servicemen and women; how pulps prompted important censorship and First Amendment cases; how some gay women read pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the unlikely appearance in pulp science fiction of early representations of the Holocaust; how writers and artists appropriated pulp as a literary and visual style; and much more. Examining their often-lurid packaging as well as their content, American Pulp is richly illustrated with reproductions of dozens of pulp paperback covers, many in color.
A fascinating cultural history, American Pulp will change the way we look at these ephemeral yet enduringly intriguing books.