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Kawaii Not, Too: Cute Gets Badder [Spiral-bound]

Meghan Murphy

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Book Description

April 19 2012 Kawaii Not
Cute Gets Badder

After the success of her first book, Kawaii Not, Meghan Murphy's fans have been begging for a second volume. Here it is—where cute gets badder. Each 4-panel comic features adorable versions of everyday objects saying not-so-adorable things.

In this volume, find even more subversive comics that combine Japanese-inspired cute with clever quirkiness. The results are open for interpretation: Strange and beautiful? Crazy and crude? Hilarious? Perhaps all of the above. And here are more cool features:

  • Each strip is perforated, so it can be torn out and given to a friend.
  • This book actually has a built-in easel, so it's easy to display comics on a desk or shelf.
  • There are also two pages of stickers featuring the kawaii characters!


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; Spi Stk edition (April 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440309205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440309205
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 10.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meghan Murphy is an illustrator, a designer, a writer… and a weirdo. But an interesting weirdo. She likes cute things, and things that are not-so-cute, and has decided it is her life’s mission to combine the two like a mad scientist. Her website is kawaiinot.com.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute! Aug. 29 2012
By Tomorryo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is pretty cute! My husband and I paged through it and laughed a lot. Be warned though, some of the pages are not appropriate for kids- there are some swear words.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very niche. Check the web site first. Aug. 1 2012
By Arthur Kimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I like Japanese humor. She says these 4-panel comics are inspired by Japanese humor. She's right. But she's not funny very often. I think I laughed once the entire book. Might have found every 4th or 5th comic sort of funny.

Gotta admit that it took 20-30 comics to get in synch with her style of humor. After that the book was tolerable - I was close to tossing it before that.

Not for kids. Many of the comics rely on sexual innuendo or scatological references. That's pretty Japanese all right - but you should know what you're getting into.

I'd suggest checking out her website and sampling 10-20 strips. If you like them, then you'll probably like this book. If you have a friend who likes her stuff then this book is an obvious and EXCELLENT gift. If.

I like the book's design. You can prop it up to display a choice strip. Each page is perforated so you can cleanly remove a page and hang it up. And there's a couple of pages of cute stickers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not funny Aug. 18 2012
By Kimberly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Kawaii Not, Too: Cute Gets Badder is the 2nd installment of 4-panel comics by Meghan Murphy.

Personally, I've been a fan of anime and manga for around 16 years and thought this would be something I would enjoy. Sadly, it wasn't. I did enjoy the artwork and I thought it was cute. However, I didn't find many of the comics to be funny. The majority of them were filled with racy, perverted one-liners that I didn't care for. A couple of the comics did made me crack a smile though. The added poetry within the book did nothing for me as well.

I did think it was neat that the book flips vertically and has an easel. The pages can also be ripped out to give to friends, but considering I didn't really enjoy any of the comics, I wouldn't do that. It also comes with stickers of the characters in the comics which I thought was cute since I did enjoy the artwork.

Overall, it's something that if I saw in a bookstore, I would flip through it in a few minutes and then put it back on the shelf. I'd give it 2.5 stars if Amazon did half-star ratings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book Aug. 14 2012
By Sarah J. Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I got Kawaii Not, Too not realizing that it is actually a spinoff of a website, [...] The artist/author posts cute 4 panel comics on her site. The comics are in the kawaii style, which is Japanese for cute. She basically draws everyday objects, but makes them cartoonish, cute, and colorful. One would have to be a fan of this type of art to appreciate the book.
The four panel comics feature everyday objects saying a pun or some other silly things. A few are a bit racy like a pie who asks if you "want some of my sticky hot filling?" I guess it's all in how you interpret it.
The book is vertical with a spiral binding and has an easel so it can stand up on your desk. It would make more sense to me if this was a calendar, give it more of a purpose. The pages have perforation so you can tear them out and share them with people. This is pretty clever because I actually think some of them would make cute greeting cards. It includes two pages of cute stickers too.
I don't think this will appeal to everyone, I believe you have to be searching for something kawaii or similar to appreciate the art and humor. I enjoyed it and I think the illustrations are super cute and the writing is funny, but may be a little to racy for a child.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You say "bitter, cynical, quirky and weird" like it's a bad thing Aug. 11 2012
By Brian Connors - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
"Kawaii Not" is as clear and unadulterated a demonstration as you'll find of the gloriously cynical world of webcomic humor. With clear influences from people like Chris Onstad, Dave "Shmorky" Kelly, and animations like "Happy Tree Friends" and the work of Don Hertzfeldt, the entire thing is a warped subversion that delivers exactly what it promises: "cute gets badder", and the perfect sense of humor for the era of Occupy. Predictable? Yeah, I suppose so. Murphy, for all of her mucking around in the uncanny valley, isn't really blazing new ground here. However, she does manage to stake a claim in the area where fart jokes get repeatedly mugged by fridge horror (sometimes literally involving things from the fridge engaged in both).

Honestly, if you're not the sort of person who enjoys bad puns and dead-baby humor, this probably isn't your book. But if you enjoyed (or, more to the point, actually understood) Amanda Palmer's song "Oasis", read a lot of creepypasta, and have a list of EMT jokes on your Kindle, this is perfect for you.

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