The Book of Nasty is a charming little tale, an esoteric comedy set in renaissance France in 1466. By 1466 the European world had attained a level of complexity and sophistication that was quite simply beyond the scope of good and evil to accommodate. The church had been shoving good and evil down everybody’s throats for centuries and people had simply become bored with the pair of them. A more subtle shade of emotional hue was required to lure the continuing evolution of human consciousness out of the dark ages. The Book of Nasty documents the birth of the spirits of nasty and his female counterpart, nice and their subsequent impact on the course of human history
The storyline is primarily concerned with the fate of four peasants who are drafted into the military service of their Duke. They are trained as pikemen before being marched off to fight meaningless battles, whose only purpose is to test some strategies devised by the Duke’s son, Pierre who is attending military college in Paris.
During the military manoeuvres, all four peasants are killed and die horrible deaths in the mud. One of them, due to certain actions he performs during the course of battle, is elevated to the rank of the first nasty saint. His demise on the battlefield (a broadside of five cannons aimed directly at him – he was canonised in a way that makes most religious martyrs look like hypochondriacs by comparison) renders him incapable of performing his allotted esoteric function as the representative of white nasty. The result is that the consummation of the age of nasty is presided over solely by the forces of black nasty embodied by the drill-sergeant, an avatar of black nasty (I won’t complicate this by any mention of the role played by a certain gerbil named Chester) and Evette, the last fairy God-mother.
The Book of Nasty is the literary equivalent of a car accident. It is not designed to make anybody ‘feel good’. It re-writes the entire course of human history as the defeat of the forces of nice, emphasising the role of the banks, multi-national corporations and golf courses. It points out that history is not nice and nor is the resultant present with little hope of much improvement in the future.
Of course it is!
Artist-drawn humorous postcards were growing considerably in popularity at the start of the 20th century. When war broke out in 1914 trade in them soared as the government utilised them as a widespread means of communication, to bolster morale, stiffen resolve and lift up the spirits in the field, at sea and on the home front from 1914 to 1919.
They were also an excellent tool for recording and commenting on military and civilian events as they unfolded. Although the conflict was no laughing matter, humour helped to bring people together and feel stronger during a time of suffering; these postcards helped achieved this and they are therefore considered as significant historical documents.
Pack Up Your Troubles is the first book of this kind to focus exclusively on the impact of British humour in the art of the picture postcards of World War One, both in the field and on the home front. The book is divided into themed chapters of the era, from Camp Life and Training to The Western Front through to Women at War and many more in between. Each section shows approximately 20 postcards within that theme, each with an explanatory caption.
This book would be an ideal gift for anyone with an interest in war and military history, art and design, cartoons, and anyone who enjoys humour and laughing.
Inherit the Mirth is where faith meets funny. Showcased among its off-the-wall panels are well-known Bible personalities like Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David and Goliath, Jesus, and the disciples. Playfully reverent, Inherit the Mirth petitions for an 11th Commandment: Thou shalt laugh! In this e-book original, the laughter centers on the interactions and activities in the church community.
The story of Aladdin, a poor youth living in Al Kal’as. One day, the crafty boy outsmarts an evil sorcerer, getting his hands on a magical lamp that houses a wish-fulfilling genie! Soon, all of Aladdin’s dreams come true, and he finds himself wealthy and married to a beautiful princess. All is well until, one day, the evil sorcerer returns to reclaim the magical lamp.
Wake Up and Live is a bold graphic novel depicting the life of Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and musician Bob Marley. As a committed Rastafari, he became a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity, a harbinger of peace and truth who resonated with audiences worldwide.
Diagnosed with cancer in 1977, Bob Marley finally succumbed to the disease on 11 May 1981 at the age of 36. A hero in his own time, he is now considered one of the most influential musicians ever. Wake Up and Live celebrates this journey, capturing the spirit of both the man and the music in every vivid frame.
When he died, the Jamaican Prime Minister said Bob Marley had been 'an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation'.
Hidden Heartbreak follows the progression of a doomed relationship from blissful beginning to devastating end, capturing the all-encompassing and blinding euphoria of love as well as the crushing doubt and disappointment that accompany a breakup. In comics that are relatable, vulnerable, and often funny, as well as interactive pieces that invite readers to process their own heartbreak, Emma Lee charts a path forward, reminding us that the heart is a resilient thing.
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