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    John Callahan - cartoonist

    I just got given a couple of books by John Callahan, cartoonist - he is very very funny.
    I suppose he is well-known Stateside but I hadn't seen any of his work before. For those who don't know him, here is his website:

    http://www.callahanonline.com/index.php

    check out some of his cartoons and be prepared for anything from a wry smile to full-on bellylaughs!
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    I've met him a few times around town. I chatted with him one day outside my house. He had a good friend who lived two doors down from me. Between her dying from cancer and me moving to a different neighborhood, I haven't seen him in over 4 years.

    He's really nice. I little weird, but a little weird is a good thing IMO.

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    My aunt gave me a book of his cartoons and his autobiography several weeks ago. His autobiography was really good, he's had an interesting life and gone through a lot of miserable stuff. 360 just featured him recently, and it was interesting apparently he's taking a break from cartoons to write music.
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    I have all his books, and love his cartoons. I used to love it when ABs would write the the newspaper complaining about how his cartoons disrespected people with disabilities, not knowing that he has a tetraplegic injury himself. I don't agree with his politics (he ran for Congress a few years ago) but his wit is great.

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    He ran for congress!? Whoa. I'm not sure of his politics, though I don't agree with all of his personal views(like on lesbians or Birkenstocks) but he is a very human guy, so it's easy to relate to his struggles. Reading his book made me glad I wasn't born Catholic and that I'm not an alcholic...yet.
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    I thought his birkenstock jibes were very funny!

    My favourite cartoon of John's is the one depicting an SCI centre next to a church(?) and the choir are singing "you'll never walk alone" - and the SCI folk can hear it! That cracked me up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon
    I've met him a few times around town. I chatted with him one day outside my house. He had a good friend who lived two doors down from me. Between her dying from cancer and me moving to a different neighborhood, I haven't seen him in over 4 years.

    He's really nice. I little weird, but a little weird is a good thing IMO.
    That's nice to hear. I agree, a little weird is not such a bad thing.
    What about Chuck Palahniuk - he lives in Portland doesn't he? I don't know if he is a "little weird" but his books are. I like them, they're edgy. "Choke" was a good one.

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    apparently he's taking a break from cartoons to write music.
    Yes, I read somewhere that he and Tom Waits are working together.

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    What about Chuck Palahniuk - he lives in Portland doesn't he?
    I dunno. I didn't recognize the name and had to google it. I do recognize some of his book titles, however I've never read any of them.

    Adding Callahan's autobiography and a Chuck Palahniuk book to my Christmas wish list...

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    It's a good biography with a great title "Don't worry, he won't get far on foot". I like his cartoon with the KKK guys talking about how they love it when their sheet-klan costumes are fresh from the dryer. I also like the cartoon that he got the biography title from. Chuck Palahniuk is great, I think my favorite book of his is Invisible Monsters, possibly because that was his first book that I read. That book makes the deviants on Jerry Springer look like total amatuers. Fight Club is my absolute favorite movie of all time, and it's weird because for once I actually liked the movie better than the book. It's like the book was the rough draft and the movie was the fully completed and fine-tuned version.
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