Crawdiddy: Carpal Tunnel Vision: fun and frolic in the animal kingdom

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Mike Buehner can find plenty of humour in the animal kingdom; in fact, in Buehner's comic-strip world, the critters can be downright hilarious at times. That's the thinking behind Buehner's new publication, and new animal-character, comic-strip creation entitled Crawdiddy: Carpal Tunnel Vision.

In Buehner's Crawdiddy world, it is the Wyndham Field Posse – a collection of animal characters – that runs the cartoon-panel show. There is Crawdiddy the crayfish, plus the Boondocks Fox, Milo the mouse, Tommy (the turtle) Tortuga, Schlatz the cat, Lowell (the pelican) West, and Dr. Chatsworth the frog, plus a host of others, to make the reader smile and chuckle at their outrageous antics.

The fun – and the strip-panel jokes – come thick and fast. And there's a genuine creativity and quick wit behind them. Here's a holiday-season example: Crawdiddy approaches the Boondocks Fox, who happens to be holding a candy cane in each paw. "What gives with the two-fisted candy canes?" Crawdiddy asks. To which the Boondocks Fox quickly responds: "I'm ambidextrose!"

Then there's Oinky the pig, celebrating that he made it through yet another Thanksgiving without becoming a meal for a hungry family. As Oinky puts it, "I got a sty of execution."

Crawdiddy: Carpal Tunnel Vision is page after page of that kind of off-the-wall, rapid-fire humour, very much like the very best of the popular newspaper comic-strip panels that tickle the funnybone. The black-and-white, ink-on-paper styled artwork is delightfully original, the charming animal characters have their own well-defined, quirky personalities, and the overall result is a book of comic-strip panels that will engage and delight the reader. This kind of creative cartooning deserves the broadest possible audience.

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Watch for Mike Buehner's upcoming publications in 2012: Crawdiddy: Volpenia is the next publication in the Crawdiddy series; Live Wire Act is a storybook designed for children.

Crawdiddy: Carpal Tunnel Vision
by Mike Buehner
ISBN: 9780987726407
$11.99

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