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Attitude 2 : the new subversive alternative cartoonists
Rall, Ted.
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New York : Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine, [2004]

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127 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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NC1305 .A88 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The first collection sold more than 8000 copies in the US and it's back for more! Featuring interviews and cartoons by Shannon Wheeler, Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), David Rees (Get Your War On), Aaron McGruder (Boondocks), Keith Knight (the K Chronicles) and 16 others with a slant on satirising our everyday life.

Author Notes

Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back , Revenge of the Latchkey Kids and 2024 .

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Booklist Review

The first Attitude (2002) presented 21 cartoonists whose maverick views of society regularly appear in alternative weeklies, and editor Rall, himself a prominent alternative cartoonist, has had no trouble finding another 21 for a second helping. Whereas the artists in the previous collection concentrated on political issues, many in this batch, such as Shannon Wheeler and Marian Henley, eschew politics for milder social commentary, though their gentility is offset by Neil Swaat, who portrays the mishaps of Mr. Wiggles, a child-molesting teddy bear. Several cartoonists present gay perspectives, and Tak Toyoshima's Secret Asian Man tackles Asian American issues. As for politics, David Rees' Get Your War On juxtaposes bland clip art with lacerating critiques of the war on terrorism (see also the collection, Get Your War On, 2002), and Aaron McGruder, the big success of these 21, brings a mocking dose of anti-Bush invective to mainstream daily newspapers in his strip Boondocks. Rall's interviews with the artists are short but incisive; his subjects speak with the most point and eloquence in their work. --Gordon Flagg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This sequel to the popular collection of syndicated alternative cartoonists features 21 more artists of all styles and opinions. Many will be familiar to readers of weekly or even daily papers, like Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) and Max Cannon (Red Meat); others, including Emily Flake and Tim Kreider, are still building venues. Controversial syndicated cartoonist Rall deftly scoured the alternative press for this group and conducted short, entertaining interviews with each cartoonist, included here. Beyond introducing regional talents like Flake and Kreider to a larger audience, the book also encapsulates an, er, attitude prevalent in today's syndicated comics: humor is a constant, but these days it's strongly laced with sarcasm, cynicism and a certain amount of neurosis, perhaps more now than ever before. The other trend is a strong retreat from drawing as an end in itself. These cartoonists are, generally, writers who use the medium to get across verbal puns or simple, angry screeds, regardless of visual style or any other comics-based concerns. However, there's plenty of talent on display. That David Rees (Get Your War On) only uses clip art for visuals doesn't detract from the cleverness of his dialogue and the poignancy of his themes, while Keith Knight's crude but exuberant cartooning enhances his articulate, if loud, opinions. If this collection's work is slightly uneven, that's a function of its subject matter. This worthy compilation of cartoonists who otherwise wouldn't be seen outside of their local weeklies showcases the continuing vitality of comics as social criticism. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Attitude is something that cartoonist Rall (To Afghanistan and Back) demonstrates in abundance, but in bringing together this anthology of today's best cartoonists working in weekly newspapers and alternative outlets, he also shows a generosity of spirit toward his competition. Rall's superb first Attitude volume was subtitled The New Subversive Political Cartoonists; this follow-up broadens the focus, including some post-9/11 political cartoonists as well as some whose work is more general social commentary. Rall interviews 21 cartoonists and provides numerous samples of their work. Among the best known are Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For), Aaron McGruder (Boondocks), Marian Henley (Maxine), and clip-art expert David Rees (Get Your War On). The contents range from scathing satire to head-scratching strangeness, and Rall's interviews go beyond standard "where do you get your ideas?" questions. With mature content, this is one for adult collections, for which it's highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Keith KnightNeil SwaabEmily S. FlakeTak ToyoshimaBrian SendelbachJennifer BermanAlison BechdelShannon WheelerMikhaela B. ReidAaron McGruderTim KreiderBarry DeutschDavid ReesMax CannonEric OrnerGreg PetersJason YungbluthStephen NotleyJustin JonesKevin MooreMarian Henley
Forwardp. 7
"The K Chronicles"p. 13
"Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles"p. 19
"Lulu Eightball"p. 24
"Secret Asian Man"p. 29
"Smell of Steve, Inc."p. 34
"Berman"p. 39
"Dykes to Watch Out For"p. 44
"Too Much Coffee Man"p. 50
"The Boiling Point"p. 55
"Boondocks"p. 60
"The Pain--When Will It End?"p. 66
"Ampersand"p. 72
"Get Your War On"p. 78
"Red Meat"p. 83
"The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green"p. 87
"Suspect Device"p. 92
"Deep Fried"p. 98
"Bob the Angry Flower"p. 104
"Soda-Pong"p. 110
"In Contempt Comics"p. 116
"Maxine!"p. 122
Artist Infop. 128