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Why am I passionate about this?

I’m a comic fan first, then a comic creator. I grew up on the classics—Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side and excitedly watched as new comics popped up online. I love comic strips and have rows of collections lining my bookshelves. The coolest part of starting my own series has been becoming a member of a cartoonist community that I have always been a huge fan of.  


I wrote...

Are You Gonna Eat That? The Essential Collection of They Can Talk Comics

By Jimmy Craig,

Book cover of Are You Gonna Eat That? The Essential Collection of They Can Talk Comics

What is my book about?

Are You Gonna Eat That? is a brand new hardcover collection of over 100 They Can Talk comics, including fan favorites and redrawn classics. The popular online series by Jimmy Craig is known for its clever and insightful depiction of animals, particularly cats and dogs. 

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Vulnerability Is My Superpower

Jimmy Craig Why did I love this book?

Vulnerability is My Superpower does something really well that I’ve always struggled to do in my own work—be vulnerable.

Jackie’s autobiographical comics are charming, honest, and a joy to read. I think it’s a brave move to put your life on paper and bare it for the internet, a historically critical bunch, and this collection does it in a beautifully illustrated manner.

I think comics are best read printed on paper instead of on a phone, but this series is especially suited to print, since it reads as a diary of sorts.  

By Jackie Davis,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Vulnerability Is My Superpower as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

By being her anxious, honest, and just plain silly self, Jackie Davis' potato-shaped character proves that, even though opening up to others is scary at first, vulnerability can be a superpower.

Vulnerability Is My Superpower features Jackie Davis's relatable diary comics about self-discovery, mental health, relationships, and childhood. From bouts with anxiety and insecurity to the thrill of simple pleasures like secretly trying on other people's coats at a party, she's figuring things out as she goes along, navigating domestic life with her husband, Pat (aka "the Purple Guy"), and sharing her most embarrassing thoughts and habits so you don't…


Book cover of The Book of Onions

Jimmy Craig Why did I love this book?

I immediately loved Jake’s comics. The art style and humor is right up my alley.

They’re a perfect intersection of print comics like The Far Side and online ones like The Perry Bible Fellowship.

The internet seems especially suited for timely comics that don’t always age well, they’re scrolled past and never read again, but this collection is perfect for print because the comics are timeless and worth repeat reading.  

By Jake Thompson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Book of Onions as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Book of Onions is a collection of darkly funny comics from Jake Thompson, creator of the celebrated bi-weekly webcomic "Jake Likes Onions."

Ranging from the relatable to the utterly nonsensical and bizarre, The Book of Onions focuses on themes of loneliness, desperation, and failure. And misplaced optimism. And perverted talking fruit. Sort of like Gary Larson's "The Far Side," if Gary were way less accomplished and suffered from depression.


Book cover of False Knees

Jimmy Craig Why did I love this book?

Joshua has a really unique sense of humor that’s accompanied by absolutely stunning art.

The comics are really worth admiring in print, not to get lost amongst the sea of online ‘content’.

Both Joshua and I write comics that give readers a glimpse into the animal kingdom and I love seeing how our interpretations of the same world can differ, through our comedic voices and art… and yes, his work is art.

By Joshua Barkman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked False Knees as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Based on Joshua Barkman's popular webcomic by the same name, False Knees is animal humor taken to a very absurd, darkly delightful place.

In Barkman's debut print collection, False Knees fans will find old favorites along with an abundance of all-new material. Featuring creatures found in the author's native Ontario, this always sharp, sometimes head-scratchingly bizarre collection of comics offers a view into the secret, surprisingly insightful world of blue jays, squirrels, geese, wolves, and rabbits.


Book cover of Welcome to Parenting

Jimmy Craig Why did I love this book?

If you’re a parent, Fowl Language comics are really relatable, almost too relatable.

I think that a lot of stuff on the internet coasts on just being relatable and nothing else, but Brian doesn’t simply present us with a familiar situation, he makes it funny.

The observation isn’t what’s unique, it’s the unexpected joke and comedic tone that makes Brian’s comics so great.

By Brian Gordon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Welcome to Parenting as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting is here to let you know that you're not alone. Parenting is hard and often gross. Laughing about it helps. If you liked Toddlers Are A**holes, you'll love Fowl Language!
Parenting can be a magical journey full of bliss and wonder . . . if you're on the right meds. For the rest of us, it's another thing altogether. Fowl Language Comics takes an unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, while never forgetting that the reason we put up with those little jerks is that we love them so damn much. By…


Book cover of The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories

Jimmy Craig Why did I love this book?

I remember discovering The Perry Bible Fellowship while I was in college.

It was like nothing I had ever seen before, like some underground secret being passed between friends. The comics were clever, vulgar, sometimes graphic, and always funny.

As a long-time reader of the Funnies Pages in newspapers, Nicholas’ comics opened my eyes to what comics could be in the age of the internet. The Perry Bible Fellowship inspired me, along with an entire generation of cartoonists, to start their own comics.

My comic might not look like it was influenced by Nicholas’ work, but it sparked my imagination and led me to rediscover my love for comic strips.

I’ll admit that I don’t like the term ‘webcomic’, they’re all comics, whether they’re online or in print. And while I might have a preference, one format isn’t inferior to the other, after all—the internet has been an invaluable tool for my own comic.

The different formats offer different experiences and I’d encourage readers to try both. I’m really proud of my latest book, I think fans and new readers will love it, and I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf where it will be in good company with some of my favorites. 

By Nicholas Gurewitch,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The award-winning Perry Bible Fellowship has a achieved a cult following both online and in its weekly appearances in newspapers and magazines around the world. Now, for the first time, the hilarious cartoons of Nicholas Gurewitch are being collected in this handsome hardcover edition.


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Book cover of Api's Berlin Diaries: My Quest to Understand My Grandfather's Nazi Past

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Why am I passionate about this?

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What is my book about?

Gabrielle found her grandfather’s diaries after her mother’s death, only to discover that he had been a Nazi. Born in Berlin in 1942, she and her mother fled the city in 1945, but Api, the one surviving male member of her family, stayed behind to work as a doctor in a city 90% destroyed.

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By Gabrielle Robinson,

What is this book about?

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