Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection" - Dave Coverly

You don't quite realize just how long cartoonist Dave Coverly has been at it until you start reading through "Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection" and begin to realize how many of the single-panel comics hit you with a wave of both hilarity and nostalgia.

First appearing as an unnamed panel in 1994, "Speed Bump" was officially christened in 1995 and before long it was appearing in 90 newspapers. By the end of 1995, Coverly left his full-time gig as an editorial cartoonist at Bloomington, Indiana's Herald-Times and devoted himself to "Speed Bump."

Coverly was recipient of the National Cartoonists Society's Greeting Card Award in 1997 and picked up their Newspaper Cartoon Panel Award in both 1994 and 2002. "Speed Bump" received their Reuben Award in 2008.

"Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection" is a collection of 300 of the best "Speed Bump" cartoons in a full-color hardcover book being released on June 30th by IDW Publishing. For 25 years now, "Speed Bump" has appeared in over 400 publications including the Detroit Free Press, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, and in a host of other settings including textbooks, greeting cards, web-based outlets and others.

One of the joys of "Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection" is the dry, laid-back humor that comes to life via Coverly's brief yet often hysterical comments that accompany many of his panels and, of course, the panels themselves that range from awesomely weird to surprisingly poignant to absurdist to silly to ever so slightly naughty. Coverly seldom goes political, but when he does go political it's typically in kinder and gentler ways that will resonate with a universal audience.

This 25th anniversary collection is laugh-out loud funny, a vividly realized collection of cartoons with typically simple phrases that will make you laugh, snort, guffaw, and possibly fart.

I mean, seriously. You know a book is funny when it's fart-out-loud funny.

If you know Coverly's work, "Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection" is practically a must-have collection. If you don't know Coverly's work, then this is a sublime entry point that will make you want to revisit past collections while watching for his latest work in a newspaper near you. If he's not in a newspaper near you? You'll probably want to move.

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