Penguin Soup for the Soul: A Novel

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9780312193164: Penguin Soup for the Soul: A Novel

From its modest beginnings in the 'zine world, Tom Tomorrow's cartoons have steadily grown into one of the most recognizible and widely read features in the American press. Appearing regularly in U.S. News and World Report, The Nation, The New York Times, and more than one hundred other magazines and newspapers, as well as on the web on such popular sites as Salon, Tom Tomorrow's social and political satire is read by more than twenty million people weekly. Frequently cited in reader polls as one of the most popular features in papers and magazines that feature him, Tom Tomorrow has shown that he has his finger on the pulse of a disenchanted American populace-and the rare ability to infuriate many of the rest. Now, to the delight of new fans and old, Penguin Soup for the Soul brings together Sparky, the Wonder Penguin (the most acerbic, cantankerous cartoon animal in the comics business), Biff, and Betty, not to mention the entire cast of modern America-ranging from Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich to media pundits and the entire 105th Congress. So, take a deep breath and prepare for yet another excursion into Tomorrowland. . .

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Tom Tomorrow (the pen name of Dan Perkins) won the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartooning, but if Bobby were alive, he'd probably be furious with him. Though Tom Tomorrow's scathingly entertaining This Modern World cartoon leans hard to the left, the entire political spectrum is its shooting gallery. He's capable of skewering Newt Gingrich, Clinton ("a spineless, amoral opportunist" depicted as a worm), Reagan, Nixon, and Vlad the Impaler in a single hilarious strip. With the longest (and arguably the wittiest) word balloons in the business and a gratuitously sarcastic cartoon penguin named Sparky, Tom Tomorrow nails them all: Alan Greenspan, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Donaldson, even Mother Teresa! ("She DID befriend such noted champions of the poor as 'Baby Doc' Duvalier and Charles Keating--the latter of whom gave her more than a million dollars in cash....") Tom Tomorrow may be the most effective liberal editorialist in America. He also pays homage to other cartoonists when appropriate: clueless young right-wingers at a college conference honoring Oliver North get depicted as the kids from The Family Circus; there's a so-so pastiche of Little Nemo in Slumberland; and the Dr. Seuss parody is a hoot. "Did you grope her in your house? Did you grope beneath her blouse?" demands Starr-I-Are. "I do not like you Starr-You-Are. I think that you have gone too far! I will not answer any more--perhaps I will go start a war!" Anyone who liked Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot should get this book. --Tim Appelo

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Tom Tomorrow's work has appeared regularly in U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Nation and more than one hundred daily and weekly newspapers across the country. He is rumored to live in New York City.

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