Synopses & Reviews
"Bors embodies the highest virtues of political cartoonists: fearless, provocative satire and cutting, acerbic insights. He's also unfailingly funny." —Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian
"Life Begins at Incorporation is equal parts maddening and hilarious. Matt Bors reminds us that in an unjust world, laughter is an absolute necessity. The only disappointment in this book is that despite my wishes to the contrary, 'The Avenging Uterus' is not in fact real." —Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com & author of The Purity Myth
"Able to eviscerate a target with a single panel. You never want to end up on the wrong side of his pen and ink!" —Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos
"Bors has the right stuff and then some." —Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great
Are corporations people? Is birth control a sin? Can the president kill you with a drone strike? In this essential collection, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Matt Bors mixes the best political cartoons from his prolific body of work with 15 essays to answer the most perplexing questions of our time. Never has reading about economics and mass shootings been this enjoyable! Distributed by Top Shelf. — a 240-pages full-color softcover strip collection with French flaps, 8" x 9".
"It would be easy and wrong to define Herblock Prizewinning editorial cartoonist Bors as liberal: his target is the hypocrisy and ineptness abounding on both sides of the political and social fences. There are venomous chapters devoted to the crimes of religious fundamentalists and the NRA, but others tackle Obama's abandoned promises and scaled-back plans. This collection of Bors's writing and cartooning targets a wide range of the idiots and idiocies of the 21st century: unemployment, homophobia, Afghanistan, the imbalance of wealth, assault weapons, social media... and lazy, simplistic editorial cartoons (e.g. St. Peter welcomes recently deceased celeb to heaven, donkeys and elephants drive cars labeled with policy names). But he hits dead center in the Venn diagram that shows the overlap between humor and contemporary commentary, with a mix of cartoons and prose. Bors brings his skill and expertise of narrative cartooning to the editorial world: like a well-honed anecdote or a stand-up's routine, Bors's excellent comic timing gives his cartoons punch lines that kick in the gut as well as the funny bone. The best of his cartoons have premises so strong we'll see them stolen by lazy sitcom writers any day now, like his plan to save print journalism by packaging newspapers in clear plastic bottles a la bottled water. The book, funded through Kickstarter and self-published with over 170 cartoons in full color, is beautifully designed and persuasively incendiary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Matt Bors is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and editor based in Portland, Oregon. He was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his comics, which appear regularly in The Sacramento Bee, Portland Mercury, Pittsburgh City Paper,
and on Alternet and Daily Kos.
Bors worked as the comic journalism editor for Cartoon Movement and drew the graphic novel War Is Boring, a collaboration with journalist David Axe that was published in 2010 by New American Library.
His comics and writing have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Nation, Village Voice, and The Oregonian. In 2012, Bors was the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for his editorial cartooning.