Nov 24, 2014

Review: Hugs and Misses + Stars and Swipes by Wilhelm Staehle

Quirk Books | 30 Pages | December 3, 2014

Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater is the rare Web comic that deserves to be printed. Each panel in the popular weekly strip features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny. 
These two postcard books feature some of Staehle’s finest work. Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift, full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals. Stars and Swipes: 30 Postcards of Awkward Americana offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

Books in One Word: Entertaining!

These are the kinds of books you'd find when you'd go in Fuego, a store filled with scarves, jewelry, and odds and ends, but the cool kind. These postcard books are super short, yet they're sophisticated in the way they're designed and put together, and with the addition of Staehle's wit. They're not awkward (okay, maybe a little); they're funny.

Hugs and Misses and Stars and Swipes are little books composed of pieces of art that have added silhouettes with creative commentary. It gives them the feel of something pretty, but also adds a little something else to the eye. It's comedic art!

I thought I'd like Hugs and Misses more, since it's ROMANCE! But actually, I believe I had more giggles with Stars and Swipes, which was nice a surprise. Really, reading these is like reading a picture book that's not quite suitable for children. Jokes range from politics to sex to pure randomness, but they all tie-in to their pictures and make for a good laugh.

These books are great for coffee tables, parties, bathrooms, and stocking stuffers, or even for sending out postcards, since that's what they technically are. If you're looking for a quick read and a good, entertaining laugh, then Wilhelm Staehle's awkward postcard series is just for you!

Did I like it? Yes!
Did I love it? Not quite!
Would I reread it? Why not?
Would I purchase it? I already have copies, but this isn't the kind of thing I would usually purchase.
Who would I recommend it to? People who like quick, entertaining, and unique reads!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion of the book.

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