Friday, January 4, 2008

A Post Whose Subject is So Phenomenal as to Elude a Title Worthy of Its Awe

Does anybody remember, long long ago, back before anybody bought kidlit in hardback? Back when even the publishers of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children, et al gave up the ghost on hardbound expectations?

Then came along Lemony Snicket and his Series of Unfortunate Events. Wow, those books made hardbacks retro and cool and I remember picking up the first one and saying to myself, "these things are the bees knees!"

So when we started getting the paperback versions earlier this year, I thought, "eh, Who wants those in paper? What's the point?"

BOY WAS I WRONG! I don't mean to shout, but I need to say it again: I WAS DEAD WRONG!

Flipping through them the other day, I discovered the most incredible hidden gem of 2007. I discovered this:

What is that, you say? Why it's a serialized comic by Michael Kupperman, one of the most hilarious and fun cartoonists out there. It turns out that each and every volume of the paperback editions of A Series of Unfortunate Events has a supplement entitled "HarperCollins's The Cornucopian Cavalcade", with comics and a serialized story by Stephen Leacock, and a self-help column entitled "What Shall I Do, Lemony Snicket?"

It just goes to show, you never know what kind of great things are hiding between the covers of even those books you think you know!

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