Cover image for The Zippy annual. [Volume 2] : April 2001-September 2001
The Zippy annual. [Volume 2] : April 2001-September 2001
Griffith, Bill, 1944-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Zippy. Selections.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm
Format :


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PN6728.Z52 G68 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead is a pop culture icon. Born inunderground comix, the surrealist character is now one of the most recognizablecharacters on the newspaper pages, and is currently in production as an animatedseries to debut on the Showtime Network in 2002. Syndicated since 1986 by KingFeatures, ZIPPY is read in over 200
newspapers seven days a week. Zippy's trademark non-sequitur, "Are wehaving fun yet?" has become so often-repeated that it is now in Bartlett'sFamiliar Quotations. His likeness was graphittied on the former Berlin Wall,while Dan Akroyd is rumored to have created his Saturday Night Live characters,the Coneheads, after seeing Zippy for the first time. With Zippy Annual 2001 (a.k.a. "Z2K1"), all of Griffith's hilarious strips from 2000 and 2001 arecollected into one place to guide us into the 21st Century. Millennium fevernever seemed so, well, absurd. Frivolity is a stern taskmaster, and thesebrilliant
black-and-white dailies and color Sundays (Griffith is a master of colorand the printing process of the newspaper page) spotlight Griffith's inimitablyexistential and surreal sense of humor. "Bill Griffith's nationally syndicatedZippy continually stretches the intellectual bounds of the daily newspaperstrip," writes the San Francisco Examiner.
Plus, it's damn funny.
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Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Whatever happened to all the visually and intellectually entertaining comic strips of a mere decade ago? Where are "Bloom County," "Calvin and Hobbes," "The Far Side" ? Gone, all gone. Only the pinhead in the polka-dot muumuu remains. Every day, Zippy communes with his pals Griffy (Griffith's comic-strip alter ego), Claude, Mr. Toad, and Shelf Life, or, often to greater profit, with gargantuan advertising icons, like the Muffler Man, the Big Duck on Long Island, and the Doggie of California's old Doggie Diner chain. And what do they commune about, you say? Pop culture, of course, same as everybody else. But not just any pop culture--not the movies, TV shows, rock stars, and talk-show celebs the rest of us mull over, chuckling and snorting. Zippy is a connoisseur of superannuated kitsch, as entranced by the goofy exuberance of American commercial art as his creator, although Griffith is nostalgic and critical of impermanence and cultural amnesia, whereas Zippy is worshipful. For him, conversing with roadside attractions is a religious experience. Sublimely wacky. --Ray Olson

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Zippy and Griffyp. 5
Chapter 2 Zippy Solop. 35
Chapter 3 Zippy and Co.p. 49
Chapter 4 Sunday Colorp. 65
Chapter 5 Roadside Attractionsp. 85
Chapter 6 Dineramap. 127
Indexp. 141