Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Stars and Swipes by Wilhelm Staehle
Here are 30 exquisite postcards from Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater (silhouettemasterpiecetheater.com). Each panel in the popular weekly web comic features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny. Stars and Swipes offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.
(Synopsis from Amazon.)
If you read my review of Hugs and Misses, you know how much I love it. After finishing Hugs and Misses, I was so excited to read Stars and Swipes. I loved it as well. This postcard book points out some truths about America that I never noticed before, but it does it in a way that's funny and creative. I had never noticed what the book pointed out about Teddy Roosevelt.
My favorite postcard in this book was the one about the liberty bell. If I didn't have a thing about not destroying my books, I would totally rip that out and hand to everyone whose cell phone ringtones go off incredibly loud and annoyingly. I also think these postcards would make great tee shirts as well.
I give Stars and Swipes: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, Quirk Books, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.