Revenge of the Librarians (Hardcover)
Confront the spectre of failure, the wraith of social media, and other supernatural enemies of the author
Tom Gauld returns with his wittiest and most trenchant collection of literary cartoons to date. Perfectly composed drawings are punctuated with the artist’s signature brand of humour, hitting high and low. After all, Gauld is just as comfortable taking jabs at Jane Eyre and Game of Thrones.
Some particularly favoured targets include the pretentious procrastinating novelist, the commercial mercenary of the dispassionate editor, the willful obscurantism of the vainglorious poet. Quake in the presence of the stack of bedside books as it grows taller! Gnash your teeth at the ever-moving deadline that the writer never meets! Quail before the critic’s incisive dissection of the manuscript! And most importantly, seethe with envy at the paragon of creative productivity!
Revenge of the Librarians contains even more murders, drubbings, and castigations than The Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Baking For Kafka, or any other collections of mordant scribblings by the inimitably excellent Gauld.
About the Author
Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has weekly comic strips in The Guardian and New Scientist and his comics have been published in The New York Times, The Believer, and on the cover of the The New Yorker. In addition to his graphic novels Baking with Kafka, Goliath, Mooncop, and You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, he has designed a number of book covers. Gauld lives and works in London.
"This will be a hit with anyone who has a deep love of the written word."—Library Journal
“A true treat for readers.”—Cat Auer, AV Club
“Absolute brilliance.”—Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
“Dryly witty and slyly brilliant.”—Patrick Rapa, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A book that is so perfectly suited to be given as a gift to a librarian, writer, or book lover in your life.”—Matt Baume, The Stranger
“Gauld finds a rich vein of comedy related to the written word.”—Erik Pedersen, The Southern California Newsgroup
“His world of teetering book towers and solitary beings hunched over writing desks is comforting and reassuring.”—Dmitry Samarov, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
“Tom Gauld’s hilariously funny Revenge of the Librarians deserves the accolade[s] and more hurrahs for comic acuity.”—Steven Heller, Print Magazine