Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture (Harper Collins)

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Comic Book Guy is the acerbic, obese, shifty, terminally geeky fanboy who runs the Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shoppe in The Simpsons.

(Harper; 92 pgs FC;$9.95)
(W/A:Matt Groening & Others)


Comic Book Guy’s Dream House will hopefully someday include “The Crypt of Toys,” a working Bat-Signal on the roof, and a roving R2D2 “bartender” that squirts out milkshakes. His “Brushes With Greatness” include the time that he “happened to be behind Lynda Carter’s home, by her garbage cans. She came out with a Hefty bag. Our eyes locked. It was magic. Then came the police, and well, my cousin who’s a lawyer says I can’t say any more about it.” And when it comes to “Running a Successful Comic Book Retail Operation,” CBG advises: “Low on cash? Raid the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund charity tin.”

Comic Book Guy is the acerbic, obese, shifty, terminally geeky fanboy who runs the Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shoppe in The Simpsons. Finally, the man is given his due with the latest entry in the Simpsons Library of Wisdom series, Comic Book Guy’s Book of Pop Culture. This little hardback may be small, but it’s jammed with hilarity.

In “CBG’s Guide to Keeping & Storing Your Collection,” we learn that “Glass cases are perfect for statues, toys, and other collectibles such as my collection of Jack Kirby cigar butts from the ’70s.” The “Sci-Fi/Comic Book Convention” guide features “Angry small-press cartoonist at artist table” and “Ignored Golden Age comic artist falling into deep sleep/coma.” In a treatise on collecting fast-food kids’ meal toys, the enterprising collector writes that “Kids often leave their toys on their trays while playing in the restaurant ball pit/jungle gym. Need I say more?”

CBG’s “Dream Niche Cable Channels” would include “ESPN 3: All Gaming-Tournament Coverage. All the Time” and the “Bloomberg Comic Book Business News Network” His best pick-up lines include “To the Batcave, otherwise known as my parents’ basement.” He describes a visit to the emergency room after throwing out his back “attempting to lift a box of unsold Battlefield Earth merchandise.”

This compact guide to the worlds of “Film, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming, Wrestling, Fantasy, Nerds, and Chicks” has all the humor of the best Simpsons episodes. Perhaps my favorite part was the “Guide to Adult Underoos,” which includes a drawing of a fella in his Ray Bradbury–themed underwear, with briefs that read “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Good grief.  


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