A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection (Hardcover)

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By Steve Martin, Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
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Whether on the screen or the page, there is no bad way to engage with Steve Martin’s humor, whimsical without being saccharine, witty without being cruel. He has the ability to make us laugh at ourselves and feel better for doing so. It was therefore genius to pair him with the talented New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. One-panel cartoons of erudite animals and ridiculous humans are interspersed with delightful scenes of their collaboration. Everyone on your list needs this book to brighten their day and remind us to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: Fall 2020

December 2020 Indie Next List

“In this hot mess of a year, what we really needed was a bit of Steve Martin’s humor. I’m not saying that sarcastically at all: A good laugh cures a lot of ills, and this is full of good laughs. Sharp wit, silly observations, clever art — Martin and Bliss offer up not just the perfect holiday gift, but perhaps the perfect antidote to 2020.”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS



“I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.

So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout. The result: this gorgeous, funny, singular book, perfect to give as a gift or to buy for yourself.

About the Author

Steve Martin is one of the most well-known talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award®, five Grammy® awards, an Emmy®, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty, the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, and his memoir Born Standing Up. Martin’s films include The Jerk, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, Father of the Bride, and Bowfinger.

Harry Bliss is an internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. His syndicated comic ‘Bliss’ appears in newspapers internationally, and he is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling books with Steve Martin. He has written and illustrated over 25 books for children and is the founder of the Cornish CCS Fellowship for Graphic Novelists in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Praise For…

"Surreal, silly, satirical and, at times, oddly moving"
—The Washington Post

"A sweetly goofy team effort by the king of slapstick and the lauded cartoonist."
Vanity Fair

"A witty cartoon collection that’s the result of two different comedic minds."
Parade, "These 10 New Books From the Biggest and Brightest Celebrities Will Be Holiday Must-Reads"

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250262899
ISBN-10: 1250262895
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English