The Joy of Smoking is a collection of humorous illustrations about smokers who will go to almost any lengths for a nicotine hit. The book succeeds in tickling the funny bones of smokers and non-smokers alike, as it broaches the subject of tobacco addiction.
Instead of villifying or humiliating smokers, these images hilariously portray the stupidity of the habit in such a way that tobacco addicts can't help but laugh at themselves as they consider, or shall we say reconsider, their behavior. But smokers are not the only targets here--watch out tobacco media advertizers!
The Joy of Smoking's non-verbal presentation appeals universally to people of all cultures and ages.
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"The renowned cartoonist, whose books have appeaared on the New York Times bestseller list, is at his best in The Joy of Smoking."
"Skip vents his sense of humor on those smokers who will do just about anything for a drag....(His) bold, bright cartoons explore nicotine addiction at it's most extreme. If you want to do your lungs a favor, this (book) will give you all the impetus you need, plus lots of laughs while you beat the habit."
"Skip Morrow's illustrations are highly addictive and extremely funny. At long last smokers and non-smokers will find common ground in their mutual laughter."From the Author:
Humans are the only species who consciously abuse themselves. As a student of dark humor I find the topic of smoking to be particularly fertile ground for the satirical exploration of compulsive and addictive behavior. The Joy of Smoking is such an exploration.
I first made the above observation in the early 1980's when my then publisher was pressing me for a follow up to my first two New York Times best-selling "Official I Hate Cats Books." I did a handful of sketches and pitched my concept of an illustrated book that would ridicule the smoking habit. Despite the success of my previous controversial books, my publisher did not think that the world was ready to watch me poke fun at smoking. Besides, they were in the midst of planning the release of a drop-dead-gorgeous and expensive coffee table book of classic tobacco advertizing art. In short, I was politically incorrect for the time. I filed my sketches away, with no plans to submit them anywhere else again.
Fast forward to 1997. A prominent New York cardiologist who collects art asks to visit my studio. He purchases several of my smoking sketches and displays them proudly in his office. Shortly afterward he begins reporting to me that my drawings are a hit with his patients.
Fast forward again to 1999. The Ink Group becomes interested in pursuing a licensing deal. When they decide to publish the 20th anniversary edition of "I Hate Cats", I also give them the old Joy of Smoking pitch, and they go for it. Timing is everything!
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Book Description The Ink Group, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1876327227
Book Description The Ink Group, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-104-72-1152811