Synopses & Reviews
A canine companion to the successful "Happy Kitty Bunny Pony, Fluffy Humpy Poopy Puppy" is a humorous celebration of "man's best friend."
From Toto to Lassie to Benji and beyond, the dog has thrived in the soil of American modern-age media and pop culture. What is it about dogs anyway ? "Fluffy Humpy Poopy Puppy" is a loving tribute to man's oldest and yes, smelliest, friends. Containing over 200 images from the print and advertising archives of the Charles S. Anderson Design Company in combination with a hilarious text by the legendary Michael J. Nelson, this book is an amazingly rich and weird testament to the appeal of kitsch and America's love of the canine companion.
"Part of the design-driven Pop Ink series of art/humor books, this sickeningly cute yet unpredictably irreverent gallery depicts man's best friend with both charm and contempt. The beautiful but lowbrow book goes cover to plastic cover in about fifteen minutes, propelled by the crude, catchy art of the Charles S. Anderson design company, and peppered with Nelson's laugh-out-loud text. Nelson, a former writer and star of TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000, retains his snide wit in the captions, which read like that show's out-loud, semi-ad-libbed commentary. When he occasionally misses, the art and construction-papery collages-culled from 'one of the most extensive and highly awarded stock image collections in the world'-more than make up for it visually. The book is not for the squeamish-there's quite a colorful mix of poop, blood and euthanasia included-but it is ultimately a love letter to our drooling, spewing, shoe-chewing companions. Self-conscious and occasionally convoluted, the topic derails and refocuses constantly: one page recommends pigs' ears as chew toys, the next gives a butcher's diagram delineating the cuts of meat on a Daschund. Another non-sequitur accompanies a sketch of a pugnacious Truman Capote out for a picnic with his 'rented family.' The scene goes awry when a puppy with a stolen hot dog 'gets his weiner dangerously close to Mr. Capote's kicky short-shorts.' Though it sounds strange enough with the text extracted, it's hard to overemphasize the way CSA's art dominates and completes the unusual package." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
The Charles S. Anderson Design Company, based in Minneapolis, is ranked by Graphis International Magazine as one of the worlds top ten most influential design firms. CSAs work has been exhibited in museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. CSA is known for their innovative, award winning products and package designs. Their diverse list of clients includes Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, WB, Target, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Paramount Pictures, Zippos, Levis, Nike, Turner Classic Movies, and Best-Buy. In their POP Ink line, which includes paper products, Charles S. Anderson Design Co infuses common and uncommon objects with a unique, contemporary pop art sensibility.Michael J. Nelson is an actor, writer, director, and musician who served as head writer for ten seasons, and on-air host for five seasons, of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the coauthor of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide. Currently, he writes a regular column in Home Theater Magazine and appears as a regular movie commentator on NPRs All Things Considered. Nelson lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.