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Department of Mind-Blowing Theories
By (author): Tom Gauld
9781770463752 Hardcover English COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Apr 14, 2020 Print Run: 15000
$24.95 CAD
Active 8.23 x 6.07 x 0.76 in | 430 gr 160 pages Full color illustrations throughout Drawn & Quarterly
A side-splitting skewering of the sober world of STEM. No one is safe when humorist and cartoonist Tom Gauld directs his hilarious gaze to your profession. Just as he did with writers, poets, and literary classics for the Guardian books page, Gauld now does with hapless scientists, nanobots, and puzzling theorems for his weekly New Scientist strip, the international magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology. Gauld?s Department of Mind-Blowing Theories presents one hundred and fifty comic strips topical and funny enough to engage any layperson with a rudimentary recall of their old science classes as well as those who consider themselves boffins of the contemporary physical and natural world. A dog philosopher questions what it really means to be a ?good boy? while playing fetch! A virtual assistant and a robot-cleaner elope! The undiscovered species and the theoretical particle face existential despair! Facebook commenters debunk Darwin?s posting of On the Origin of Species! Science vs science fiction! Why are there poodles pouring out of this wormhole?! One could hypothesize just how Gauld is able to command such quick-witted knowledge of the scientific world however, as these strips prove, Gauld would retaliate with the sharpest of punchlines to that hastily cobbled postulate. Gauld won an Eisner for Best Humor for Baking With Kafka and Department of Mind-Blowing Theories is sure to cement his reputation as the foremost authority on joke generating technology.

Tom Gauld was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1976. As a child his favourite things were drawing, lego, and playing soldiers. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2001, Tom started small-press publishing venture Cabanon Press with Simone Lia while they were studying at the Royal College of Art. They published a number of books including First, Second, Three Very Small Comics, and Fluffy. Tom works as an illustrator and cartoonist and has contributed work to The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Believer, The New York Times, and Granta. He illustrated the children?s book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and made a comic-strip cover for Penguin Books? deluxe edition of The Three Musketeers. He has created a number of short comic books including Guardians of the Kingdom, Hunter and Painter, and The Gigantic Robot. His comics have appeared in the three most recent editions of the comics anthology Kramers Ergot. In 2008 he was artist-in-residence at the Fumetto Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Since 2005 Tom has made a weekly cartoon about the arts which appears in the Guardian?s Saturday Review section. He lives in London, England, with his partner and two daughters.

- Publishers Weekly review
- excellent blurbs from Neil Gaiman and William Gibson

?[Tom Gauld?s strips] have become known for their wry, playful erudition.??New Yorker ?Brilliant? Our greatest techno-dystopian fears and anxieties [are] followed to their most tragicomic end.??Brain Pickings ?Tom Gauld's deceptively simple comics hold a mirror to human hypocrisies.??Huffington Post

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