Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry-humored, and at-times nasty cartoons on Reddit.com, where nearly half of the top-100 cartoons on the “Cartoons” subreddit are his. Now, for the first time, these cartoons have been gathered into a single book. From wry observations about the absurdities of life and acerbic comments to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, and from one style to another, this compendium will astound readers as it exposes them to the breadth of Benton’s seemingly inexhaustible talent for humor.
Though the title makes some very specific promises about the content, there are also lots of gags about death, particularly murder, and breasts. The former points to a pleasing dark edge that runs through Benton's cartoons and gives them some heft, while the latter at least shows his comedy is unfiltered. The gags, such as "The Passive Aggressive Raven," which has made the rounds online and one particularly funny strip that covers a baby's enthusiasm for new life, are tricked out with ironic twists and surrealist humor. Benton's cartoons are hugely popular on Reddit.com, the website from which these comics were taken, and, like many webcomic artists, he uses multiple cartooning styles, adopting whatever works best for each strip. Benton is best-known as a one-man children's franchise blockbuster, having created the kids' series The Dumb Diaries, It's Happy Bunny, and more. His name is still not quite household-level, but this collection might open up offline readers to his adult material.