Genre: Graphic Novel, Humour
Publication Date: 20th March 2020
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Everyday Assholes by Dean Blake - for the first time in print! Inspired by our favourite everyday a**holes, this first collection of over 160 irreverent sketches by Dean Blake contain some of his earliest (and most popular) online works.
Spanning over two years of the author’s career, Everyday A***holes introduces us to a cast of characters we’re only too familiar with.
Meet Helen, who literally has an a**hole for a boyfriend. And Mr Nigel, who was unfortunately cursed with a generic pedo face. And let’s not forget Carla, who annoyingly forgot to spit in her husband’s coffee again.
Laugh, cry, grit your teeth, run away—whatever you choose to do, know that this book was destined to be in your hands. Or, at the very least, a present for that friend of yours who needs to chill out and secretly chuckle once in a while.
WARNING: This book is not for the easily offended.
I was recently sent a copy* of Everyday A**holes by Dean Blake, a series of sketches showcasing moments of everyday folk behaving like utter a**holes.
This collection of illustrations is the perfect comedy read for adults who enjoy feeling uncomfortable; a great Christmas present to that friend with the dry sense of humour. I definitely had a few “I can’t believe he went there!” moments whilst reading!
I had some real laugh-out-loud moments too, my chortles rewarding me with raised eyebrows across the room from Neil. I’d occasionally hold up the book to show him pictures of a woman with a paper bag on her head, or a birthday cake with ‘you’re fired’ iced across the top.
Though the comedy wasn’t always a right fit for me personally, I actually really enjoyed this chance to indulge in a**holeish behaviours. It made me realise how awful the human race is; shame on us all. Examples of humans being terrible include Ricky, a chap who complains about the weather despite doing nothing to help the environment, and Jeff, who likes to steal money from his girlfriend.
If I could change one thing it would be to improve the printing quality of the illustrations – it would have been nice to have seen the author’s art in all its glory! However, since the pictures are from the author’s uploads onto his social media, I can understand why the quality might have been compromised. It didn’t really interfere with my enjoyment though, especially as I was just too thrilled to be reading an independently published comic from a really nice guy. Plus, it managed to provide me with a refreshingly unique and cheeky read, offering some giggles during what has been a pretty bleak year!
You can see more of Dean Blake’s work on his website, Generation End, where the first thing you will see upon arriving at his site is Kanye West, topless, riding a dragon. Go see for yourself if you don’t believe me…
From exploring his blog, I was surprised to see how versatile Dean was as an author. His short story collection, Surface Children, is described as being about stories of ‘a generation consumed by vanity, self-indulgence, violence and a twisted understanding of love and heartbreak’. I have a copy on my bedside table waiting to be read (and reviewed!) – I honestly can’t wait. Dean also intends on releasing a second book with his colour illustrations, so keep your eyes peeled for more of his art work.
Fancy nabbing a copy of Everyday A**holes for free? Yup, I’m holding a giveaway! You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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*I received a copy of this book for free to review, however all thoughts are honest and my own.